Bowling Green Old Order Amish Settlement (Bowling Green, Missouri, USA)
The Pike County, Missouri, USA), Old Order Amish settlement, near Bowling Green, Missouri, USA), began in December 1947, when Jacob M. Beachey and his sons moved here from Jay County, Indiana. A church was organized on 29 February 1948 with Jacob J. Miller as minister of the group, and Christ M. Bontrager of Buchanan County, Iowa, as bishop. The congregation in 1958 was divided into districts, the South District with 55 members, with Jacob J. Miller as bishop, and Joseph E. Miller and P. M. Borntrager as preachers, and the North District, 68 members, with Peter Girod as bishop and Jacob J. Schwartz, John M. Schwartz, and Jacob W. Eicher as preachers. -- Jacob J. Miller
The Bowling Green, Missouri, USA), Old Order Amish Settlement is located in Pike County, 50 mi. (80 km.) nw. of St. Louis. It was founded in 1947 by Amish families from Jay County, IN. The Pike County settlement is the oldest and third largest Amish community in the state. Its growth has been slow in its 40-year history. Several newer locations in the state have attracted more Amish families because of better farmland in more ideal locations. All of Missouri's 12 settlements were established after World War II as young families sought cheaper land in the postwar industrial expansion. With less stringent state regulations on the schooling of their children, Amish found the state of Missouri to be ideal for new settlements. -- Samuel L. Yoder
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 180; vol. 5, p. 93. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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MLA style: Miller, Jacob J. and Samuel L. Yoder. "Bowling Green Old Order Amish Settlement (Bowling Green, Missouri, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 18 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/B687.html.
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