Patriot News 06/25/20


 The Red HOT Hatters did resume their monthly meetings this past Friday and we had a blast! Socially distanced and masked as each individually preferred, there were three from Warsaw Kentucky — April Meyung, Janet Fry and Doreen Main; Laura Hodges from Madison; Ann Farnsley, Barbara Dowdy, Joyce Johnson and Marie Cole from Vevay; and of course, me from Patriot. We laughed, we gabbed, we shared stories and we really had a great time! Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 17th at Moasis Grill in Vevay at 11 a.m. A tentative meeting schedule for the rest of the year was agreed upon including both of our annual Halloween and Christmas parties. 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.

  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.

  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 there.

  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:

  Milling: “Following the first primitive mills making mostly corn meal the first steam mill was conducted in conjunction with the two distilleries as stated before. William Emerson (a great uncle) was the miller in the later years, and there the writer’s father worked many hard hours a day as a boy “scratching cobs” from the shelling machines. Years later a flour mill was operated on same site by R.O. Wickman until sold and moved. In 1881 North Brothers built a large three-story flour mill on Main Street with a capacity of 100 barrels a day and a year later the roller process was adopted. The North mill was later dismantled and then reopened as a smaller mill by Buddenberg Bros., who operated it until it was consumed in the big fire of 1924. On the site of the mill they rebuilt a two-story brick building in which they carry on a good business in coal, building materials and farm machinery.”

  Brick: “Bela Herriek operated the first brick yard in the early 30’s and manufactured the brick used in the construction of the Universalist church, which still stands firmly after almost a century. Later yards were operated by Samuel Fisk and Squire Fletcher, one of which was on Main Street on the property where the writer was born and lived as a boy and owned by Edwin Emerson now. The evidence of an early brick yard was continuously cropping up in the form of brick bats as my hoe would strike them on the occasions when I was unable to beg off from working in the garden, a thing I was usually quite proficient in doing, being a good talker and my father being a man unusually kind of heart.”

  Cooperage: “In this day of specialization (1931) one is not surprised at the highly specialized businesses and professions, even unto the story of the oculist, who refused to care for the left eye of a man because he specialized in right eyes; but one would hardly believe that in the early days of Patriot there were specialists in barrels. These containers were manufactured here in three varieties – whiskey, flour and pork barrels. Adam Brixner was the first whiskey barrel cooper. For years Andrew Schafer ran a large shop making some kind of barrels at First and Plum and operated a steam stave bucker making his own staves and heading. Pasquelle La Hreta operated a flour barrel cooper shop at First and Main in a shop on the site of Wm. Martin’s present home, and John Houston one of the same nature years later at Second and Plum. Milt Watts was also one of the early flour barrel coopers and had his shop on Third between Main and Plum. Wm. Wegner was the early pork barrel cooper and from his Main Street shop came the barrels that took many hogs in the form of pork to meet the beans in the kitchens of myriads of southern plantations. Of all the old coopers William Lukie is the only remaining one and as neither whiskey nor flour is any longer made here nor pork packed, he has turned his attention to metal containers, and many are the cans of cream he handles through the cream station of the Merchants Creamery Co., which he manages.”


  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.