Patriot News 06/18/20


 Happy Father’s Day! To all you Dads, I wish you precious time with your offspring! To all of us who are missing our Dads, I wish you beautiful memories and loving thoughts. I am remembered of my Father each and every time someone says grace at a meal. My Father’s response every time was the same — sometimes even accompanied by the flipping over of his dinner plate — “Good food, good meat, good God — let’s eat!” Not a particularly religious man was my Father, but to the point, none the less.

  The Red HOT Hatters will resume their monthly meetings on Friday, June 19th at 11 a.m. The location will be one of the Shelter Houses at Ogle Park and each person will be bringing her 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 sometimes elusive Patty Chase was home in Florence long enough last week for me to stop by and gab. Patty is in the midst of some major changes, but change can be a very good thing for us all — even at our age. Spunky as ever and with a smile on her face and a giggle in her voice — that’s our Patty!

  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 Laura Riga and June Lack; Deacon Mike Gardner, Karsen Cook, Eylah Leppert, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Eva Fette, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown and Lulu Belle Thomas.

  Also, prayers of comfort and love for the family of Candy Gilb (Rising Sun) on her recent passing. Candy was an integral team member of Dr. Racheal Low and Moore’s Vet Clinic and her loss to her family, her town and her friends is tremendous. I will forever remember her as being so knowledgeable about all animals and their care, deeply caring, bubbly and so proud of her family.

  The following recipe belonged to my friend Judy Callahan’s mother and is therefore called: 


1 Can of Peas (drained)

2 Hard Boiled Eggs – chopped

2 Raw Carrots – sliced

1 Medium Onion – chopped

2-3 Stalks of Celery – sliced

Sweet Pickle Relish to taste – approximately 1 T.

Miracle Whip to taste –

approximately 1 T.

  Stir all ingredients together and serve chilled.


  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 “Wine Growing and Silk Culture:

  “As previously stated E. Case was the original wine grower of the community and through all his business activities, success and final failure, he remained true to his vineyards and made wine to the last. His wine press was on upper Third Street where Wm. Humphrey now lives and next to the Methodist church. This many sided man must have had a way with him even though his wife did not accompany him west from Massachusetts nor did she come on during his years of residence here, but even though his influence seemed nil with her he was successful in obtaining permission from the Methodist church to store his wine in the church basement. As no records  show that this was in any way considered sacramental in character I maintain that this man had ability in selling of his ideas if the church in those days had any of the present day views toward the “cup of family disturbance.”  John David Mottier, a Frenchman and one of the famous Marquis de LaFayette family started a vineyard on his farm at the edge of town and for many years made a good grade of wine that found a ready market in Cincinnati.  In the early 40’s a Mr. Huxley introduced what was an entirely new; venture in the state and possibly in the United States-that of silk culture. He planted mulberry trees on the surrounding hills and erected a two story-frame feeding and hatching building at Sixth and Plum. In this building the silkworms were fed on the branches from the mulberry trees and he produced silk, but the venture was not a financial success and was discontinued. This building stood and was used as a dwelling until a few years ago when it was razed.”


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