Patriot News 05/21/20


 Many, many thanks to Barry Brown who went above and beyond this past week, securing a copy of H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot for me. Having started the year with weekly excerpts I was forced to stop when the website I was using ’shutdown’.

  So, again, in honor of Patriot’s 200th Anniversary and in gratitude to Barry Brown, we continue “Business Homes in The Early 70’s and Early 80’s”:

  Edw. Pfeiffer opened a harness and saddle shop in 1878 and manufactured all products in his line of business. In 1880 Lemuel H. Emerson (the writer’s father) was postmaster and began merchandising much in the same way as did J.W. Love. For some years he was out of business but about thirty years ago established in business again and successfully conducted until a few years before his death, when he was succeeded by two of his sons, Edwin and Lucian, who continue as Emerson Bros. T.O. Bonnell established a tin and roofing business in 1869 and was succeeded by A.L. North, who later operated the Ohio Valley Roller Mills with his brother Edwin E. North. S.E. Couch & Son are successors and present operators of the business. James W. Abbott succeeded Howe & McNutt in the grocery business and operated a store for some years. S. Howe & Co. were succeeded by Howe & Haig, who were in turn succeeded by Foster & McHuron. Charles E. Foster, the senior member, sold to S.V. McHuron, the junior member, who has successfully conducted the business for more than thirty years, first at Third and Front, then in the modern building erected by the Patriot Mercantile Company at Third and Main, and then after its destruction by fire, in the building formerly occupied by Wm. Gockel & Son.

  William Coffin operated the leading hotel for many years as “The Coffin House” but I assure you there was nothing gruesome about his hostelry as the name might imply, for in his parlor and at his table only friendly spirits met and in their cheery smiles and happy conversation one was assured that his guests were very much alive.

  In 1876 the village had 550 inhabitants with 8 dry goods and grocery stores, 1 drug store, 2 saloons, 1 flour mill, 1 distillery, 1 school, 2 churches, 2 tin shops, 2 shoe shops, 1 saddle and harness shop, 3 blacksmiths, 2 wagon shops, 3 carpenters, 2 cooper shops, 2 stone masons, 2 milliners, 2 lawyers, 2 physicians, 3 notaries, 1 justice of the peace, I butcher, 1 barber, 2 job printers, and 6 secret societies.


  The Town of Patriot will resume its monthly Town Board meetings on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m. in accordance with the current recommended guidelines. The Town Hall is located at 352 3rd Street.

  The Primary Election for the State of Indiana and Switzerland County has been moved to June 2nd. All Hoosier voters have the option to cast a mail-in absentee ballot or vote in person. Voting by absentee ballot is an existing election process. And it is an option for casting your ballot while practicing social distancing and staying healthy and safe during this pandemic.

  The Red HOT Hatters are hoping to resume their monthly meetings on Friday, June 19th at 11 a.m. The location has not as yet been determined, but the Shelter House at Ogle Park is one possibility with each person bringing their own meal. Even while maintaining social distancing, we can still visit and converse. The wearing of the colors red and/or purple is preferred. Hats are completely optional. The response so far has been very enthusiastic, and I am really looking forward to getting together again — even if at the proper social distance!

  Prayer list: Everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: Red HOT Hatters Lois McKay, Laura Riga and June Lack; Deacon Mike Gardner, Karsen Cook, Eylah Leppert, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Candy Glib, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill,  Eva Fette, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown and Lulu Belle Thomas. Also, for Deacon Mike and wife Cindy Gardner on the loss of her father.


  Two quick and easy recipes to try for a little variety in your life:



1 Box – STOVE TOP Stuffing

2 – Eggs

½ C. – Ketchup

1 lb. – Ground Beef

Mix and cook an hour at 350 degrees.



½ Gallon – Chocolate Milk

14. oz. – Eagle Brand

(condensed) Milk

8 oz. – COOL WHIP

Mix all ingredients and freeze.  

Mixture will not freeze solid, just thickens like a milkshake.


  You may contact me several ways: by leaving a note or message inside the door of 1995 Front Street in Patriot; or by calling my home at (812)594-2281; or dropping me a note at P.O. Box #01, Patriot, Indiana, 47038. In addition, you may send me an email at If you have anything for me to include in this article, please send it to me. Information can be received any day of the week but normally my deadline is Sunday at noon for that week’s issue of the paper. Any news received later will appear in the following week’s article. If you need something in a particular issue, please get it to me early.