Patriot News 07/09/2020


The Posey Tappers Homemakers have some Good News and some Bad News. The Good News is that I recently discovered that we were first organized in May of 1941, which means that our club is starting our 80th year! The Bad News is that we have decided not to meet this month due to COVID-19 concerns. Likewise, we will not be participating in the County Picnic scheduled for July 15th for the same reason. Hopefully, we will be able to resume our meetings on Tuesday, August 11th. Location to be announced.

  The next Red HOT Hatter meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 17th at Moasis Grill in Vevay at 11 a.m. The tentative meeting schedule for the rest of the year will be distributed at that time. The majority of the meetings will be on the third Friday of each month at 11 a.m. Anyone with questions about becoming a Red HOT Hatter is encouraged to contact me Kay Cook (812) 594-2281 or (317) 443-8857 or by email at Everyone is invited and no dues are collected. The only two requirements are that you (1) make new friends and (2) enjoy good food.

  The Concord Community Church is planning its Yard Sale on July 30th, 31st and August 1st (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) so mark your calendar!

  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; Karsen Cook, Eylah Leppert, Firefighter Ron Brunner, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown and Lulu Belle Thomas.

  In honor of Patriot’s 200th Anniversary I am continuing with excerpts from H.F. Emerson’s 1931 publication Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot:

  • Carpet Weaving: For many years and up to within my memory Miss Matt Herriek wove carpets and rugs on a big food power loom. She kept at work weaving her memories of a happier period into the work that became labor too heavy for her aching body, and in her passing a noble old lady of a cultured pioneer family was lost to the community.

  • Boots and Shoes: Hosea Herriek, a brother of the weaver, and Petit Baxter, brother-in-law, made by hand the footwear for the town and country for miles around and both were artists at their trade. As factory made footwear came into vogue, this business degenerated into repair work but still Mr. Herriek put nothing but good workmanship into the work that came to him and as a boy his shop was one of my favorite loafing places as it was interesting to watch him work as he related to me interesting stories of earlier days. John W. Shirley was also a shoemaker.

  • Tobacco Prizing and Marketing: In the past large quantities of tobacco were prized and compressed into hogsheads. At various times John Reed, Edw. Gregory, Oscar O’Brien and Jacob Smith conducted warehouses but the advent of loose leaf markets put the hogshead market into the discard as so many older methods of doing business have been in recent years.

  • Canning: About twenty years ago the Patriot Canning Co. was established in one of the old distillery buildings. This company canned and found a ready market for its tomatoes for which Indiana has become famous, but enough growers could not be found to supply the plant so after a few years operation the plant was forced to close.”


  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.