Ira Wagler

Ira Wagler

Tillsonburg, Canada


Ira Wagler was born in the small Old Order Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario. At 17, frustrated by the rules and restrictions of Amish life, Ira got up at 2 am, left a note under his pillow, packed his duffel bag and left. Over the course of the next 5 years, Ira would leave and return home numerous times, torn between the ingrained message that abandoning one's Amish heritage results in eternal damnation, and the freedom and possibilities offered by the "English" world. Upon becoming a Christian at age 26, Ira left the Amish for good. He is currently general manager of Graber Supply, LLC and Pole Building Co. in Lancaster County, PA.

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And for a moment, it seemed, he saw the visages of time, dark

time, and the million lock-bolts shot back in a man’s memory…

Light fell upon his face and darkness crossed it: -he came up

from the wilderness…from a time that was further off than Saxon

thanes, all of the knights, the spearheads, and the horses.

Was all this lost?

“It was so long ago,” the old man said.

—Thomas Wolfe



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“As I would come to discover later in life, one shouldn't be condemned for simply craving freedom.”
Ira Wagler, Growing Up Amish

“And therein lies the paradox that would haunt me for almost ten years: the tug-of-war between two worlds. A world of freedom versus a world of stability and family. A world of dreams versus a world of tradition.”
Ira Wagler

Ira Wagler, Growing Up Amish

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