I received this note from Jessica Bailey. Does anybody have more information?
Dear Katie Troyer -
My name is Jessica Bailey, and I live in Ohio. I found you online via
the New York Times article, and I am writing in hopes that you might
have any information about someone from the Ohio (Wooster) Amish and
Mennonite community that lives or used to live in the Sarasota area.
My grandmother recently passed, and while going through her possessions,
we found a box of letters that she had exchanged in the 1950's and
1960's with Clara Schlabach (and later, after a marriage, Clara Siford).
From reading Clara's letters, it seems that she was originally from the
Wooster area of Ohio, but moved to Sarasota and then later to Naples. A
man named Wayne is mentioned in a 1958 and 1960 letter, and Clara says
that Wayne is Elsie's sister, and that he got remarried and had a baby
boy on October 13th.
I know this is a long-shot, considering the names are likely very common
and the community in Sarasota is large, but I felt that I owed it to
myself to at least write you. Any information you might have would be
very interesting to me, as I am curious to learn about these people and
their friendships. I do have specific addresses and additional
information if it is something that you are interested in pursuing.
Thank you for your time and consideration.