Patriot News 06/04/20


  Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder or more stressful, the whole nation erupts with violence and the destruction of property supposedly based on an unjust death of a Minnesota man while in police custody. I am not judge nor jury and also am not privy to the particulars of the investigation but as a retired police officer working city, county, and state levels, I see problems on both sides. Regardless of the original incident, the subsequent criminal activities that have stemmed from it are totally unacceptable. Too many similarities can be seen with the upheaval in the various cities across the nation not to think that there are truly paid individuals behind a lot of this with their own personal agenda. Meanwhile, law enforcement officers on all levels and their families are being threatened with bodily harm and even death. I know for a fact that many police officers in Indianapolis no longer park their marked police vehicles in front of their homes for fear of retaliation and endangering the health and welfare of their family members. For those of us who can’t actively assist in the protection of life and property, I, with Franklin Graham, am encouraging everyone to pray for our country.

  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!

  The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will remain closed and will reopen at a later date. It has been determined because of the church size, that it is too difficult to maintain social distancing and a safe there.

  In honor of Patriot’s 200th Anniversary I will continue with excerpts from H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot entitled “Distilling.” Coffin Brothers built a steam flour mill in 1834 with a capacity of 25 barrels per day. It was purchased in the early 40’s by Eliphalet Case who added to it a distillery of 600 gallons per day, but it was burned by an incendiary in 1851. In 1852 this enterprising Case, with Sylvanus Howe erected a much larger distillery near the site of the first one and it reached its zenith during the Civil War. It first had a capacity of 2700 gallons per day and was built at the cost of $20,000.00. Case & Howe operated it for two years and then S. Howe & Co., until 1859, when it was purchased and operated by W.T. Pate and Jas. W. Gaff as W.T. Pate & Co., until 1878. This distillery, together with the industries that were allied with it, flour milling, cooperage, cattle feeding and com boating were necessarily the business life of the town, and naturally when it was sold and operation suspended the decline of the village began, and while it did not succumb it has never recovered from the blow and manages to fill a place as a trading point for the rich farms surrounding it, in Kentucky as well as Indiana. In 1868, the U.S. Government notified the distillers of the country that a revenue of $1.10 per gallon would be demanded of them at a near future date but gave them permission to manufacture, tax free, until the stated date. Naturally all that could be made up to the time of taxing automatically increased in value by the amount of the tax, or more than $50 per barrel. The plant was operated night and day and was never allowed to cool down. The bonded warehouses were filled to capacity as was all available space in the company’s buildings and yards and even the streets of the town were piled high with barrels of spirits under the watchful eyes of guards. In 1877 Silas Q. Howe purchased the plant and sold it in 1878 to C.H. Davis of Cincinnati, who closed it and placed it in the pool. This distillery always did a good business and for one period of six years was never allowed to cool. At this period the November revenue of one year amounted to a quarter of a million dollars. The output was about 700,000 gallons annually and furnished an excellent market for com raisers for many miles around.

  Prayer list: All law enforcement officers and their families as well as everyone affected by the current national unrest; 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 the family of Patrick Monjar on his recent passing.

  The following recipe was originally from the Switzerland County Extension Homemakers “Craft Day”, held on November 14th, 2007: 

Pigeon Poop

5 C. – Peanut Butter Crunch cereal

3 C. – Rice Krispies

2 C. – Skinny pretzels, broken in half

2 lbs. – White chocolate

2 ½ C. – Mini Marshmallows

  Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl. Melt white chocolate; pour over dry ingredients and spread out on wax paper to cool. Break into chunks.


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