Patriot News 08/27/20


  Very special prayers to the two youngest members of our prayer list:  Karsen Cook and Eylah Leppert.  Please pray for both Karsen and Eylah as they struggle to get better.   

  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red HOT Hatter meetings tentatively scheduled for the rest of the year are now on hold. There will definitely not be a meeting in Madison on August 21st as previously planned. The September 18th meeting could possibly come back to the Ogle Park pavilion for another brown bag luncheon. Again, our primary concern is everyone’s health. We still hope to have our Annual Halloween Bash and Pitch-In October 16th at home of Co-Queen Joyce Johnson and our Christmas luncheon at the Pleasant Rose Mansion (Vevay). 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 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” entitled: Flood, Tornado and Fire.

  Flood: “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. 

  Tornado: 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.

  Fires: The town has suffered much loss from fire and until after the big fire of 1924 had no adequate protection, depending on hooks and ladders. Of the fire losses of earliest days there seems to be no record but it is recalled that the old bakery on Front stand 2nd Alley was consumed by flames, and in 1868 across the alley the Cramer building, a three story brick, burned. This was replaced by a two story brick and while housing Graham’s saloon it again burned some years later. This was again replaced by a one story brick which still stands. About 1890 the large two story frame mercantile building at Third and Main, together with a two story abutting, were consumed. The brick was rebuilt to be again burned when occupied by Henri Rabb’s hardware store, and for the third time was burned when occupied by Emerson Bros. The site of the large frame was vacant for years but later the fine modern brick structure of the Patriot Mercantile Co., was erected and later burned while occupied by S.V. McHuron. The first distillery burned shortly after being built but was replaced by a much larger plant. Schroeder’s creamery was destroyed by fire and was not rebuilt, and while Buddenberg’s flour mill site was rebuilt it was not again operated as a mill. A few years ago, the old three apartment building at Front and Fifth Streets was destroyed by fire and has not been replaced.

  On the night of August 2nd, 1924, the worst conflagration ever suffered in the county visited Patriot and destroyed sixteen buildings in the business section of the town, leaving only three structures standing in the block. The fire started at Third and Front in Stewart’s garage and spread to and totally destroyed the residence of Mary Marsh, the old Fisk building occupied by Cushard’s barber shop, the Beatrice Creamery Co., the Patriot Theatre, Couch’s barber shop, the Merchant’s Creamery Co., Emerson Bros., S.V. McHuron’s store, Mercantile Warehouse, I.E. Brown’s residence. Brown’s meat market, Buddenburg’s garage, Buddenburg flour mill, L. Scudder & Co. hardware, and the K. of P. lodge hall and the old post office building. For a time it looked as though the village was doomed but by the heroic work of all citizens aided by the fire departments of Vevay and Rising Sun, that rendered valiant service, the fire was confined to one block, except for one building across the street where Emerson Bros., carried what goods they could save from their store.

  Due to intense heat this building, too, ignited with complete loss of goods salvaged from the first burning building. The loss was heavy as many did not carry any sufficient insurance due to the prohibitive rates on account of hazard from lack of fire apparatus, but with the unusual Hoosier pluck all places of business re-established and all sites were rebuilt except the K. of P. building, the Marsh residence and the old Fisk hotel property. As unfortunate as this terrible fire was for the little town it did impress upon the citizens the absolute need of some protection so the corporation bonded itself and purchased a modern motorized fire truck and established a fire department, that gives much more peace of mind and assurance than could formerly be enjoyed by the inhabitants.”


  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.