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Bonnie K. Prentice of Patriot, Switzerland Co., Indiana

Bonnie K. Prentice of Patriot, Switzerland Co., Indiana
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2009 and Revised 8 Sep 2011

We found the following family in Ancestry.com . H ere is what we have so far:

1. Raymond Prentice, perhaps b. c. 1900-1911.

He m. Susie Cola Phillips. She was b. 9 Aug 1911. An Ancestor Chart for her can be found at Ancestry.com . Children:

  1. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Tatum.
  2. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Wallace.
  3. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. J. R. Workman.
  4. (dau.) Prentice. She m. Mr. Smith.
  5. Bonnie Sue Prentice, b. c. 1948, Pulaski, Giles Co., TN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
  6. (son) Prentice. He m. Miss Hedgepath.

2. Bonnie Sue Prentice was b. c. 1948 in Pulaski, Giles Co., TN. She d. 14 May 2007 in Posey Twp., Patriot, Switzerland Co., Indiana, which is a small town of about 200 people lying along the west bank of the Ohio River near the intersection of the boarders of OH, IN, and KY. It lies about 20 miles SW of Cincinnati, OH. She was the recipient of a lung transplant and lived an additional 7 years per Rober Tallent, email, 30 Feb 2011.

She m. Mr. Tallant, per Robert Tallent, email, 30 Feb 2011.

Bonnie's brief Obituary of 17 May 2007 in the Palladium-Item, Richmond, IN, reads as follows:

    Prentice, Bonnie K.
    May 17, 2007

    Bonnie Kinman Prentice 59, Patriot, died May 14, 2007. Arrangements: Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay.

The obituary use of her maiden Prentice surname suggests the possibility that she was divorced from Mr. Tallent prior to her death.

Rabbit Hash, KY

The following doesn't have anything to do with Bonnie, but we thought it amusing: Patriot also lies a few miles south of the village of Rabbit Hash, KY, which lies on the east bank of the Ohio River. Honest, we didn't make that up. The following excerpt comes from Wikipedia :

    The name Rabbit Hash may derive from the historic use of the local rabbit population as food. The hamlet's most notable building, the Rabbit Hash General Store, is regarded as the best known and best preserved country store in Kentucky. Rabbit Hash is unincorporated and therefore without fixed boundaries, which makes its exact population a matter of opinion, but the population is generally regarded as between four and 40 depending on how the boundaries are drawn.

    In 1998 a dog was elected mayor in an unofficial "election", an event covered in the documentary "Rabbit Hash (The Center of the Universe)", and in 2004 a dog was elected mayor once again and is still considered to be the ceremonial mayor of the town. The dog, Junior, has unfortunately now come under scrutiny by the Northern Kentucky Health Department and has been banned from entering the General Store in the town due to complaints. According to WXIX-TV on March 13, 2008, the dog's owner will petition for an exemption for the "mayor".

    On May 30, 2008, it was reported by WXIX-TV that Junior had died and a new election was scheduled for August 31, 2008. [The results of the election can be found at Rabbit Hash USA . A dog, Lucy Lou, won, with another dog, Toby, finishing 2nd, and with Travis, the cat, finishing 3rd. Curiously, but maybe understandably, no rabbit wanted to be the Mayor of Rabbit Hash.]

    The Rabbit Hash Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2003. It includes 330 acres, 12 buildings, 6 structures, and 3 objects around 10021-10410 Lower River Rd. The Rabbit Hash General Store had already been listed since February 2, 1989.

      Ed. Note: The Wikipedia material leaves us wondering whether Junior's death was at the hands of a complainer or political rival and whether the local Grand Jury was convened to investigate the matter.

If you have any information about the folks mentioned in this article, or about Junior's death and his Mayoral successor, please send your information to us at the Prentice Newsletter. Be sure to give the full title and date of this article in the Subject line of the email.

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