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From: "gale honeyman" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] BRETHREN Digest, Vol 6, Issue 201
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 23:01:29 -0400
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Excerpts from the autobiography of Jacob Root of North Manchester, Indiana
who was born March 4, 1811 in Montgomery County, Ohio and a member of the
German Baptist Brethren church.

"For the interest of my children and generations to come, I, Jacob Root, the
8th of a family of 12 children and in the 87th years of my age, propose,
with the help of the Lord, to give a brief sketch of my life and wanderings
as near as I can remember."

"Another important day was barn or house raisings and often two buildings
were put up in a day. After they were raised, the owner was generally
hoisted up and carried through the building, but the most common occurrence
was the log-rolling. The men would gather for miles around to help some
newcomer and each other put the logs on a piece of new ground, as it was
called, and as there was plenty of whiskey, the heaviest logs were easily
carried. Once at a house raising a log fell off the building on me, hurting
my back and one leg and mashing one foot so I was laid up nearly a whole
year with it."

"A great change has taken place among the Dunkard Brethren since I first
knew them. They are now very much opposed to the use of strong drink and
tobacco and are also strongly arrayed against the saloon business while in
an earlier day they were more liberal and frequently used whiskey at their
log rollings, corn huskings and house raisings, but I can truthfully say
they always kept within bounds and never used it to an axcess [sic]."

Jacob's mother, Barbara (Lane) Root was a half sister of my 4th great
grandfather John Spitler Sr.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Merle Rummel" <>
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Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] BRETHREN Digest, Vol 6, Issue 201

> *********************
> I've commented about this before - but -
> My own ancestor, a deacon, had his flour mill and his whiskey still - here
> in c1806 Ohio - but I can point to a number of even Brethren Elders, with
> flour mills and whiskey stills (Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio). This was the
> one way for a miller on the frontier to get profit for his work - he got
> half the grain, for milling it - but when almost everyone had their own
> grain fields - there was little sale. So, with the flour mill came a
> whiskey still.
> Now that didn't mean that the Brethren drank the stuff (I'm sure some
> did),
> they believed in "Temperance" - which is interpreted "not too much".
> Temperance applied to the amount of food they ate, to the dress they wore,
> to almost every detail of life - not just to alcoholic beverages.
> About 1850, the Methodist Temperance Movement pushed us to eliminating ALL
> Alcoholic Beverages. Before about 1880, real wine was used at the
> communion service. Finally Annual Meeting took stance even against that.
> "Temperance" came to mean "Prohibition" - "Abstinence". And lost its
> meaning to anything else, but alcohol.
> There are other low alcoholic beverages that were common on the frontier.
> Most families drank cider - all year - as many as 10 barrels (big ones) -
> but cider turns into vinegar. Except when the Wine making equipment was
> used, giving about 2% alcohol. There was Cherry cider - as well as Apple
> cider.
> I might add, that the disreputable Tavern, was in those days about the
> modern motel, with a restaurant (which did sell alcohol). Brethren ran
> Taverns.
> Merle C Rummel

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