Patriot News 04/16/2020


  It’s amazing how people are adapting to our new way of life. “Circumstances and situations may color life, but by the grace of God, we have been given the power to choose what that color shall be.“  — Charles R. Woodson.

  My colors, fortunately, are heavily influenced by the brightly colored flowers and trees in and around my home. Definitely helps to add some sunshine to your life.

  I am again continuing with the historical review of the Town of Patriot in celebration of this year’s 200th Anniversary. This section continues under the heading of ‘Business Houses About Civil War Period’ by H.F. Emerson in his 1931 publication “Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot”. Try and picture if you will how it must have looked then as opposed to what we see now after decades of flooding, erosion, fires as well as man made changes to the buildings, the streets and the Town itself. Using the Patriot Town Hall as reference, it sits at the corner of Third and Front Streets. Bear in mind, we currently have three businesses in the whole town! But around the Civil War, “at Main and Second, where Rev. Lowe now lives Thomas Hickman ran a wagon shop. In the middle of same block where Couch’s tin and hardware store now is, Wagner’s Pork Barrel Cooperage was conducted and at the corner of Third and Main where McHuron’s store stands was Ralph Platt’s Blacksmith shop. Across Main where Wickman’s Drug Store now is was a pork packing house and in the same building now occupied by Orr’s store was Bazley’s warehouse. At the south-east corner of Third and Main where the Alien building now stands was a large, rambling two- story frame store building occupied by Scranton & Dibble’s general store. This structure was destroyed in the early 90’s by fire. On Third half way between Main and Plum near where Mrs. Orr lives was Milton Watt’s Flour Barrel Cooper Shop. On Main at the corner of the alley where Brown’s grocery and meat market is now conducted, Benjamin Yarnell, sixty-five years ago, like-wise catered to the populace for their wants in meats and groceries.  At the corner of Fourth and Main was Bennett’s saloon where he also did plain and fancy writing in a way that was said not to be at all times strictly lawful and of which we shall hear more later.”

  The Red HOT Hatters are postponing their Third Annual “Tea for Toni” which was to be held at the Pleasants Rose Mansion Inn on Sunday, April 26th. The possibility of a Christmas Luncheon at the same location as a fundraiser has been suggested.

  The Switzerland County Homemakers “Achievement Day” planned for Thursday, April 30th has been canceled as well.

  Prayer List: Everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially our first responders including EMTs, Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Police and Firefighters and of course anyone possibly suffering symptoms; Sami Mottet, Karsen Cook, Eylah Leppert, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Candy Glib, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Eva Fette, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, Lulu Belle Thomas and Red HOT Hatters Juanita Giltner, Laura Riga and June Lack.

  Again, trying to bear in mind that we just can’t run to the grocery on a whim, I am pulling out some simple recipes from the past hoping that we can all best utilize what we may already have in the cupboard. For Easter, I dug out the recipe for Muffin Pancakes and treated myself to the chocolate chip version and I really enjoyed it. The mixes suggested were Martha White, but it should work for any 7-8 oz. packet of muffin mix:


• 1 – Pkg. (7-8 oz.) Muffin Mix (Chocolate, Banana Nut, Apple Cinnamon or Blueberry)

• 2/3 Cup – Milk

• 1 – Egg

  Mix the muffin mix with the milk and egg. Makes approximately seven good sized pancakes.


  And another very simple recipe for a little extra touch of chocolate in your life: 


• ¾ cup – Sugar

• ½ cup – Flour

• 1/3 cup – Cocoa

• 3 cups – Milk

• 1 tsp. – Vanilla

• ½ stick – Butter or margarine.

  Mix the dry ingredients together. Add ½ cup warm water. Stir well. Heat milk in saucepan to almost boiling. Pour boiling milk into the cocoa mixture, stirring constantly until thickening. Add butter and vanilla. (Suggested serving with homemade biscuits.)


  The following Betty Crocker cake mix combinations are nothing less than amazing! Quick and easy has a whole different meaning now. ‘Soda Cakes’ can be made by simply adding a specified soda to a particular cake mix. No eggs, no oil. Just add a 12 ounce can of soda to the boxed cake mix and bake per the directions on the cake box.

  • CREAMSICKLE Cake: French Vanilla + Orange Sunkist

  • PURPLE COW Cake: French Vanilla + Grape Crush

  • STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Strawberry + A&W Vanilla Cream Soda

  • VERY CHERRY CHIP Cake: Cherry Chip + Dr. Pepper Cherry

  • GINGER SPICE: Spice + Schweppes Ginger Ale

  • ZESTY LEMON: Lemon + Sprite

  • CHOCOLATE ROOT BEER: Dark Chocolate + Barq’s Root Beer

  • SINLESS DEVIL’S FOOD: Devil’s Food + Diet Coke


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