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THE HAY WAGON BABIES BY CHRISTINE WEISHEIT SUELZ

“Almost one hundred years ago, we rode to church in horse drawn wagons or buggies.  The horses would be tied in the long open shed for that purpose, and we would go in to worship.  But, if it was nice weather, sleeping babies would be left to nap in the hay in the wagons.  It was different times then!  Well, one Sunday a couple of boys got bored in the church and they slipped outside.  Probably told their moms they had to use the outhouse.  Somehow those boys got the idea to switch those babies around - and they did it!  The worship ended, folks went on home, babies still asleep in the hay.  It was not until those babies were home, awake and crying, that it was discovered that Tommy was not Susie, etc.  There were few telephones then, so the only thing to do was to hitch up the horses again, return to church and exchange babies until all were in the arms of their own parents.  This was NO day of rest!  We can presume that those boys did not have a pleasant Sabbath either.”


(as told to Donna Lasher, circa 1993)


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