The Concord Community Church is extending its Yard Sale to this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday — August 6th, 7th and 8th! Last chance to snatch the goodies! Hours for Thursday and Friday are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday! Rain cut the attendance last week, so the ladies extended their sale. Lots of everything!
First things first and I want to start by giving a ‘Shout Out’ to everybody’s favorite columnist Patty Chase! We all love you Patty and we want to see your smiling face out and about Switzerland County spreading your sunshine. Prayers for better health, my friend!
Speaking of sunshine, I did a quick turnaround trip to Florida last week. Although I’ve never truly considered the need for a Bucket List, I have decided that “Snowbirding” is something I might need to investigate while I physically still can. And the sooner, the better! This was more of a fact finding trip than fun, but it was also the first time in five years that I have left home. I ended up driving over 2,200 miles and 36 hours in 4 days time — alone! I even went ‘critter-less’ which was a major adjustment for me. If anyone knows of a super-duper, cheap place in Florida that has my name on it, please let me know!
The Red HOT Hatter meetings tentatively scheduled for the rest of the year are as follows: August 21st at The Red Pepper Deli (Madison); September 18th at Stream Cliff Farms (Commiskey); October 16th at the home of Co-Queen Joyce Johnson for our Annual Halloween Bash and Pitch-In (Vevay); November 20th at Batar (Seymour); and our Christmas luncheon will be at the Pleasant Rose Mansion (Vevay). All monthly meetings are scheduled on the third Friday of the month at 11 a.m. Specifics are forthcoming concerning the Christmas luncheon and will be made available at a later date. 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 RedHOTHatter0312@yahoo.com. Everyone is invited and no dues are collected. The only two requirements are that you 1) make new friends and 2) enjoy good food.
Prayer List: Posey Tappers Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; 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. As well as all law enforcement officers and their families as well as everyone affected by the current national unrest; everyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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:
“The local Post of G.A.R. that had 84 members now has less than is required to maintain one – two surviving members – and both fine old gentlemen. They, in the past, have told me much that is here recorded, and the writer is proud of having been their friend since boyhood. The remaining patriarchal veterans are Major R.I. White and Harvey Dibble, the former now 91 years of age and the latter nearly 90. Major White enlisted as a private in Company C, 93rd Vol. Infantry, rose to captain and later acted as major of colored troops.
In early days he was associated with the renowned Charles Brush of Cleveland, Ohio, inventor of the arc light. Later he went to Mexico City and built the first electric light plant in that nation. He was presented a gold pen and gold knife in 1887 at the City of Mexico by Sir Spence St. John, representative of Queen Victoria in Mexico, in compliment in lighting the city for her Golden Jubilee. Later Major White went through most of the countries of South America to look over the fields for installation of electric light plants but foreign interests had so thoroughly implanted themselves at points of advantage that he returned to Patriot and has since lived here. He was at one time superintendent of the local school and his daughter Fannie followed his footsteps by teaching the youth for many years here and entrenched herself in the hearts of both old and young.
To Fanny White the author is indebted also for many of the facts here set down, as he is to Mrs. Frank Hickman, Dr. Daniel Scudder, and Wm. Fletcher.
• Spanish-American War:
When President McKinley in 1898 needed volunteers to avenge those that lost their lives in the sinking of the Maine, the requirement from each locality was not nearly so great as it had been during the Civil War or was to be in the World War, but true to form the little town on the Ohio was ready with some of her youth to answer the call, and among the boys who saw service were Robert Scranton, Theodore Lamkin, Leonard Wade, Halleck Burner and Martin Abbott, the latter being the only one now alive.
• World War:
While it might be said that no one part of any state in the nation gave or did more toward winning the war, as the army was recruited by selective draft, yet one cannot but feel that Switzerland County was in the fore. No section probably gave more sons or daughters per capita; from no place came more willing or qualified service than that rendered by soldiers, sailors and nurses of this section, and it is certain that this county did not have the evaders, obstructors and objectors that some cities and even some rural sections had to admit having. As all honor for service promptly and well done is due to the county, just so is it due in proper proportion to Patriot and its immediate vicinity, but it is the same sad fact here as anywhere, that the honors of war do not fill the vacancy left by those who made the great sacrifice, nor do they offer much toward healing the wounds or relieving the pain and suffering that some of our boys have been forced to bear.
Three native sons are numbered among the heroic dead. Forrest Hughes was killed in action in France on August 3, 1918. Not until twenty days later were his parents notified and it is understood that his remains were not recovered. Previous to the war he had seen service in the regular army. Perl Kite was born in Patriot but inducted into the army from Kentucky. He gave his life in the line of duty and was finally given a soldier’s burial in his native village. W. Hampton Williamson died in France November 27, 1918. As he was an engineer on one of the steamers of the Louisville & Cincinnati Packet Co., and necessary to the transporting of war material he would probably not have been drafted for some time but he saw his friends leave one by one his desire to be with them and to do his bit caused him to persuade another to give him his place in line so he entered service as a volunteer long before it might have been necessary. His comrades have paid him the honor due him by naming their local American Legion Post for him.
Many of the boys were wounded, gassed or suffered from illness but the following are among those suffering in greater degree: Samuel Huff was gassed in the summer of 1918 but has fortunately recovered his health. George Piatt Jr., while on scout duty on the Argonne Forest in the fall of 1918, was shot through the body by a machine gun. He suffered for months from this serious wound but has recovered to a great degree. Ermon Brown, in a charge that broke the German line in September 1918, was shot through the leg. After giving first aid to himself, he resumed fighting only to be shot a few hours later through the jaw, tongue and other cheek. By the miracle of plastic surgery, he not only recovered but the wound left little or no scar. Robert E. Smith, with four comrades was doing scout duty in France when in the latter part of August 1918, he was seriously wounded by bursting shell. All four of his companions were killed but he has recovered. Fred W. Humphrey was seriously shell shocked while in France and it is much regretted that he has not recovered his health.
May these sacrifices never again be necessary, but should they be. Young America in future will no doubt say as in the past, with Stephen Decatur, “Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.”
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 PatriotNews1995@gmail.com. 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.