Patriot News 02/06/2020


Again referring to H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication historical sketch of the town of Patriot and over 200 years ago: “The two first townships of Switzerland County (Town 1, Range 1, East and Town 2, Range 1, East)  are not generally known to lie east of the principal meridian line which runs due north and south from the mouth of the Great Miami river, and is the boundary line between the states of Indiana and Ohio. It was these two tracts, just north of town, and the most easterly portion of the state that were the first lands entered in the neighborhood. John Hopkins entered Town 1, Range 1, East on July 2, 1801 containing 322 acres. Town 2, Range 1, East, Section 31 and fractional sections were entered April 26, 1804 by Patrick Donahue of Ireland and contained 1412 acres. Oliver Ormsby in 1806 and John Andrew in 1808 also entered neighboring tracts in what is now Mexico Bottoms. Donohue made some improvements on his land and after he had felled many of the trees it was locally known as ‘Donohue’s Deadening,’ but that of Ormsby remained a wilderness long after the remainder of Posey Township was settled. Judge McClure, Charles Campbell, John Camp, Joab, James T., and John Truesdell settled in Egypt Bottom, just below what is now Patriot in 1810. These bottoms were naturally selected for their broad and fertile lands in the interests of farming but some of the other pioneers preferred the lands back of the line of hills as these elevated situations were freer from the ague and malaria that infested the lower lands. Among the earliest settlers in the hills west of town were Reuben Searcy, Henry Wallick, John Houze, Moses Searcy, William McNutt, Samuel Jack and William Cunningham.”

  Congratulations to Patriot resident Marlene Jones upon her recognition as being the American Legion Post #185 Elementary Educator of the Year!

  Prayers of comfort to the family of Mary Ruth Poling who passed last week in Rising Sun. She and her husband ‘Gink” have always treated me like a member of their family. Daughter Jennifer Poling and I worked together at the Dollar General Store in Rising Sun and while there, her Mom pretty much adopted me as another daughter. So very sorry for your loss!

  Happy February Birthday greetings to Sandy Dawson, Cheryl McMillan and Mary Ellen Witt all on February 5th, Tammy McKay on February 6th, Sarah Hoffman on February 7th, Alanna Smith on February 8th, Barb Thomas on February 12th and Lulu Belle Thomas on February 13th.

  A very Happy Anniversary to Tony and Mary Christiani on February 8th and the Reverend Steven Ward and his lovely wife Sharon on Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

  February 11th at 10 a.m. is the next scheduled meeting of the Posey Tappers Homemakers. Meetings are being held at the Patriot Town Hall, 352 3rd Street.

  Also, on Tuesday, February 11th, the Concordia Class of Concord Community Church is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the Church located at 196 Concord Road.

  The next Red HOT Hatters meeting will be on Friday, February 21st at the Thirsty Lemon in East Enterprise and will begin at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend! No hats are required but the wearing of the colors red and/or purple is encouraged.

  For the second year in a row, the Red HOT Hatters will be venturing to the Stream Cliff Farm, Restaurant and Winery on Friday, April 17th. Beginning with lunch at the Twigs & Sprigs Restaurant at 11 a.m., our day will be filled with fun, food, shopping, and beautiful scenery. Stream Cliff is located in Commiskey, Indiana. Drive time from Vevay is roughly an hour, so I anticipate a caravan forming in the lot of the YMCA and leaving no later than 10 a.m. An advanced headcount would be helpful again. Please feel free to call me at home (812) 594-2281 or email me at

   Prayer List: Firefighter Ron Brunner, Patty Chase, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Eva Fette, Reverend Steve Ward, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Posey Tappers Jake and Mickie Rader, Concordia Sharon Copland and Lulu Belle Thomas and Red HOT Hatters Joyce Johnson, Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  I was able to catch up with Bill and Sharon Levell this week and Sharon was gracious enough to share some of her recipes with me. As Patriot’s Aunt Bea, Sharon has contributed several really good recipes so I’m looking forward to sharing more. 


1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) Vanilla flavored instant pudding

1 ½ C. Cold milk

15 Graham crackers, broken crosswise in half 

making 30 squares, divided

1 tub Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed

1 cup Chocolate frosting

  Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, cover bottom of 8 inch square pan with graham squares, overlapping squares as needed to form an even layer.

  Stir the Cool Whip into the pudding.  Spread half over the graham squares in the pan; cover with ten of the remaining graham squares. Repeat another layer of pudding mixture and graham squares. Refrigerate 3 hours. Spread with chocolate frosting. Serves 9.


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