Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Mennonite Employees at the College of Wooster
The College of Wooster is in Wayne County, Ohio, which had, and still has, a large population of Amish and Mennonites. Two stern-looking Mennonite women, probably on the college's housekeeping staff, often sat at the front desk of Wagner Hall, where all the women of the class of '62 lived during our junior year. They would watch us sign ourselves in and out.
Perhaps because their first language was a German dialect, their English was sometimes a little strange. When one of our classmates apparently abandoned a suitcase in the parlor, a warning note appeared on the front desk: "Whose suitcase this is better take it upstairs."
One very windy March day, while I was signing in, one of them observed, "Days like this, little folks like you get blown away." ( I weighed about 100 pounds then. )