Patriot News 06/11/20



a poem by Marie Cole

  Life is on hold and we are holding on. 

  Time is running together, we are apart. 

  I feel for all the loved ones that are gone. 

  No goodbyes, kisses or hugs are traded. 

  My heart is sad, but life is on hold and so is mourning death

  I suppose.

  Life is on hold. 

  Lots of things are gone and will never be again. 

  We ask you how you are.  

  Praying the answer is fine —

  parents, children and friends too.

  We are holding on. 

  I have missed counted days, weeks 

  and now we are on months. 

  But we are Americans holding on.


  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.

  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;  Bill and Sharon Levell;  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, prayers of comfort and love for Reva Johnson and her family on the recent passing of her husband J.D. “Jim” Johnson.  Despite moving to Muncie, Reva has maintained connections here with the Concord Church, the Posey Tappers Homemakers and the Vevay Kiwanis.

  The following recipe was originally given to the Homemakers from the Switzerland County Extension in 2009: 


2 – Egg whites

¼ C. – Sugar

1 C. – Semi-sweet or chocolate bits

1 C. – Pecans

1 t. – Vanilla Extract

  Preheat oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Beat egg whites to foamy soft peaks. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in chocolate morsels and pecans. Drop by spoonfuls onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Place in oven, turn oven off and forget the cookies overnight!


  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 Flood, Tornado and Fire: “As the blood stream is the life of the body so has been the Ohio river to the territory through which it flows, and as hypertension of the arteries frequently occurs to the detriment of the human economy likewise has the old river from time to time become unruly and changed its beneficent nature to action of uncontrollable force and destruction. The first recorded flood was in 1778 to be followed by another in the next year. Then the next two destructive ones of earlier years of the town’s settlement were in 1832 and 1847. These inundations were followed by others in ‘82, ‘83 and ‘84, the last of which will long be remembered for its height and destruction. In later years both 1907 and 1913 saw the waters far out of banks and covering much of the lands and properties adjacent to the river. Patriot in the main lies comparatively low and most of the town was flooded in each of the last seven floods mentioned above. These were times of stress when the inhabitants were forced to live in churches, schools, upper stories of business houses or be taken in by neighboring farmers in the highlands west of town. Business was naturally done under great difficulties and many of the sufferers were forced to look to the government, which sent boats with supplies to take care of their immediate needs. It is always the hope of each resident as spring approaches that none of these calamities will be repeated. 19 On the night of November 11, 1911 a tornado coming from the southwest struck the village and destroyed much property though fortunately no lives were lost. The Geo. Cook residence, the old Shirley house and a residence on Fourth St. were destroyed. The front of the Methodist parsonage was blown out and great damage was done to poles, wires, trees and chimneys. The wharf boat broke her moorings under the force of the wind and was blown to the Kentucky shore.”


  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.