Patriot News 09/10/20


ease continue very special prayers for Eylah Leppert and her parents as she struggles with her health issues.

  My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers for the family of Karsen Cook who passed away Friday. May God wrap His loving arms around her entire family and comfort them now in their time of need. She taught us all a lot about perseverance and determination. Her loved ones, I pray, will draw from her strength.

  Congratulations to Keli (Hall) and Travis Miller who turned their friendship into a marriage this past weekend! Good luck to all five of you!

  The Town of Patriot is having its annual 9/11 Memorial walk tomorrow (Friday, September 11th) at 7 p.m. Those interested in participating are asked to meet at Town Hall. A candlelight walk will begin there and end at the Memorial Park. While at the Memorial park there will be a Memorial Service and changing of the flags.

  The September Red HOT Hatter meeting will be Friday, September 18th at 11 a.m. at the Ridge Winery Tasting Room located at 11048 E. State Road 156 in Vevay. The deck and tasting room will allow us enough room to move about and stay as socially distanced as we wish. If so desired, the interior of the building can be avoided completely as there is ample room on the covered porch and access can be gained by entering by the stairway to the left of the main door. Since they only serve cheese plates and wine, I would suggest those planning to attend brown bag your lunch and bring it with you. I do need an RSVP please, because if we do not have enough individuals interested in attending, I see no reason to have a meeting until after the pandemic subsides. Again, our primary concern is everyone’s health. You may RSVP if you can make the meeting next Friday at the Ridge Winery by calling Kay (812) 594-2281 or Joyce (812) 427-3932, or texting (317) 443-8857.

  We still hope to have our Annual Halloween Bash and Pitch-In Friday, October 16th at home of Co-Queen Joyce Johnson and our Christmas luncheon at the Pleasant Rose Mansion (Vevay) in December. 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 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; 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”:

  • BANDS: Some fifty years ago the village had a brass band that enjoyed more than a local reputation as they played in neighboring towns and cities and won several competitions. Not many of the members are known to the writer but it is recalled that Chas. E. Foster, now of Chicago, but a prominent businessman of Patriot for years, was one; Frank Emerson and Martin Stogdil were others.

  In those days, a band of standing must have a band wagon and this organization was the proud possessor of one that had been made to order. It was somewhat on the stagecoach order and a work of art with a painted view of the town on either side, one as seen from the Vineyard Hill and the other as viewed from the river.

  About thirty-five years ago the musical talent of the town organized the Patriot Marine Band of probably twenty pieces and they made rather a brave showing in their white duck sailor uniforms and rendered music pleasing to the ear. The compiler of this saga had a terrible itch to be a member but being entirely destitute of musical ability it seemed hopeless, however on several occasions he was permitted to play the cymbals and by closely watching the bass drummer he managed not to make too many errors unless the drummer made a false move.

  • SPORTS: The youth of Patriot, just as in every hamlet, town and city the country over, has played baseball from the date of its inception and many credible teams have been developed there. Much rivalry existed between nearby towns but probably none more keen than between Patriot and Burlington, Ky. at the period of about thirty years ago. Burlington played good ball, but the local boys were of the opinion that they now and then carried players that were not native to that village, so were themselves willing and anxious to welcome players from anywhere in order to strengthen their team.

  As coming as a gift from the Gods one day two young men hove to at the landing in a houseboat and in course of conversation made it known that they were ball players of no mean ability. It did not require much of a tryout for the management to see that their statement was no idle boast for Berry and Campbell had just finished the season in the New England League and naturally they would be sensations on any team for miles around. They were willing to remain for a time if furnished their find and keep, so a cottage was rented, and they became the heroes to everybody in town. Every attention was given them, and pound parties were staged with everyone attending, bringing eatables, and I am sure that each household that claimed a schoolboy donated pies, crullers, fruit or canned goods whether the housewife knew it or not. So, with Berry pitching and Campbell at short or third, with earnest support from the best the team afforded, the Patriot team not only defeated their old Kentucky rival but every other town that had the temerity to book a game. Some years later the writer saw Campbell in Detroit in rather a down-and-out condition, but he hopes it was only temporary for the sake of the yeoman service he gave to the old ball team.

  The same ability to play ball seems to be with the boys of the village today (1931) for they have just recently finished the season by winning the championship of Switzerland county.

  The village has an outstanding record for High School Basketball achievement also. This record being all the more deserved due to the fact that the school has no gymnasium or indoor court. They brought the first district high school championship to Switzerland County in March of 1926. The following comment is taken from The Indianapolis Star of March 10, 1926: Rushville, Ind. ‘The Patriot High School basketball team, winner of the sectional tournament at Madison, demonstrated that clothes do not necessarily make the man, or at least basketball players. The Patriot boys, handicapped throughout the season by the lack of an indoor gym, went to Madison without uniforms and without colors. They borrowed suits from the Vevay players, turned them wrong side out, took the floor and won the sectional.’

  For good luck they are expected to wear the same uniforms in the regional Saturday. Local officials have assigned them colors of red, white and blue, which will be included in the decoration scheme of the gym. The Patriot cagers train their basket eyes by shooting at hoops behind the village church. The population of the village is 289. It is located on the Ohio River.

  The team of that year, called the “Wonder Five” was composed of Henry, Henry, Lamkin, North and Kent, and three former players deserve much credit by their coaching and advice. These were Russell Lee, Paul Lamkin and Raymond DeHart, all former outstanding players on teams of former years.

  Switzerland County won five of the eight places on the all-star sectional team of that year, three of them being Henry Jr., Lamkin and North of the Patriot team.

  The school has continued to put good teams on the floor since, not only represented by the boys but by the girls too, and if the little town could offer them equal opportunity enjoyed by competing schools of’ larger towns it is not impossible that the fighting spirit might bring home even the State championship.”


  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.