Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

October 5, 2013

THE PLAIN SIDE: Trip West finds friends playing ball, singing

Modest, Calif., spreads across a well-irrigated valley a few hours east of the Pacific Ocean. The town is prospering and growing rapidly — probably due at least partly to the proliferation of orchards surrounding it. Bee hives and dairy farms also have their niche in the area.

This is a land of milk and honey. It is also home to a well-established settlement of German Baptists (GBs).

The eight of us Amish youth pull into Modesto on the train in the late forenoon of this sunny July 5. As promised, my friend Lowell Beachler is there to meet us.

After Lowell and company get us settled in, he takes us to the church’s community building. There is another GB extended family holding something of a reunion here. There are volleyball nets in here, as well as basketball courts. The Rumbles welcome us warmly and we help them play volleyball.

AFTER THE volleyball game, we boys gravitate toward the basketball court. This is where it gets interesting.

These people don’t know us. We are thousands of miles from home. And there are ample opportunities for chicanery. This is way too good for friend Mike to resist.

“So what is the game called?”

“Basketball, you say?”

“What is the object of the game?”

“How did you say you score points?”

This is like Henry Ford asking how to put an automobile together.

Mike shoots a few awkward shots underhanded to continue his ignorant act. Then, resigned to teaching us the game, some of the friendly and athletic Rumble men agree to play Mike, Calvin and me in a three-on-three match-up.

BEFORE WE actually get started, Mike does confess that basketball is his favorite game. Then the three of us manage to win all our games. Who would blame the Rumbles for feeling like twisting our ears?

We have a good conversation with one of the patriarchs, John Rumble, who serves as a missionary in China. He relates some interesting accounts of his experiences.

John asks us four boys to sing for them. We oblige. I think we owe them that. We stand together and sing the “Lob Lied” (“Praise Song”) to the tune of “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Rumble and Co. reciprocate by singing for us and send us off with a sno-cone.

THAT EVENING we enjoy our time around the campfire at Jon and Bev Flora’s place, where our four ladies are staying.

The ice is melting and our hosts are beginning to realize that some of our number have an ornery streak. We spend time on the important things, too — singing hymns together. Per their request, we sing a verse of our “Lob Lied” in our normal slow fashion.

The next day we awake to a gorgeous Saturday morning in California. Oh, this is pleasant!

Lowell and his wife, Doris, take us through Modesto and to the home of Tim and Mitzi Frantz.

We get a hint of what’s in store for us there as we pull in the driveway past a field with Tim’s zebra herd in it.

From the backseat, Mike comments on the strange spots that herd of horses has. Calvin, Steven and I have been burned way too often to even think about rising to that one. But Lowell hasn’t.

“Those are zebras,” he corrects Mike.

Then Lowell realizes that is exactly what Mike wanted him to say. This 82-year-old, warm, Christian man threatens to wrestle Mike down and pound him. He has to grin soon afterward, though.

TIM FRANTZ greets us and leads us up his shop stairs to his three trophy rooms. Shock and awe. The other boys (who know much more about these matters than I) say Cabela’s pales in comparison.

An entire stuffed giraffe holds court in a room with an elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros and an alligator. One other entire wall is filled with trophy whitetails. These are right beside the head mount of an albino buffalo. These are all animals the Frantz’s have hunted down for a jaw-dropping total of 233 different species including the ones still coming from the taxidermist.

Mitzi shows us her collection of Flow Blue china before we leave.

There is a youth gathering tonight.

Next time: How to be late for church twice in the same day? Our accompanying ladies demonstrate.

Loren Beachy is an auctioneer and elementary school teacher. He can be contacted by writing to 14047 S.R. 4, Goshen, IN 46528 or calling 574-642-1180.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140730 Spore mug Charges filed against parents in Syracuse boy's death SYRACUSE — According to a story first reported by The Times-Union in Warsaw, the parents of a 12-year-old Syracuse boy are facing criminal charges as the result of their son's death in June. The Times-Union reported late Friday night that Candy Sue

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140823 new paris railroad crossing 01 Railroad crossing upgrades coming NEW PARIS — Significant safety upgrades are on their way for the Division Street railroad crossing in New Paris. That’s the word from Will Wingfield, a media relations representative with the Indiana Department of Transportation, who recently indicat

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • Fresh shrimp business approved GOSHEN — Finding fresh shrimp in Elkhart County just got a little easier.

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS GN140822 john hertzel (2) John Hertzler relishes role with Goshen Historical Society GOSHEN — Visitors to the Goshen Historical Society’s museum might not know John Hertzler is there, tucked back in an office beyond the rows of historic documents, photographs and artifacts.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • South Ninth Street area under boil water order South Ninth Street, between East Jackson and Franklin streets in Goshen, is under a boil water order from noon until further notice.

    August 21, 2014

  • GN140821 Pike Street Project 2 INDOT meeting held to discuss Pike Street project GOSHEN — Major changes may be on the way for a small section of Pike Street in downtown Goshen.

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0821 goshen college challenge Locals embrace ice bucket challenge It’s a challenge that has united participants with the shared sensation of an icy burst of water, sopping wet clothing and video evidence — all in the name of philanthropy.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140821 nisly complaint Complaint filed against state rep candidate Accusations of wrongdoing, in the form of a complaint to the Indiana Election Commission, have been levied against District 22 representative Republican nominee Curt Nisly.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140820 dometic groundbreaking Dometic breaks ground on significant expansion in Goshen GOSHEN — As Dometic officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $7 million expansion of their Goshen distribution center Wednesday, the work was already underway in the background. “It’s happening right now,” said Dave Schutz, vice presi

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn