Historical Society

Civil War Artillery Training

Re-enactors of the Confederate States Marine Corps, Co B, Ohio River Detachment, will hold a "camp of instruction" at the Monroe Community Park, 500 S. Main St on Saturday, March 26 from 9-3.
Exercises will include the basic manual of arms, safety, marching in formation, essential maneuvers, and firing of cannon & muskets. The public is invited to attend and watch the soldiers at drill. This is a prelude to the big Monroe Civil War Days event October 21-23, 2011. For more information, visit www.monroecivilwardays.com


Generational Memories

Tag: Historical Society, History

Each generation has its own special memories.

My parents were living on the other side of Butler County in 1943, the year that I was born, but those who grew up in this part of the world experienced the same situation, information, cost of living, and type of lifestyle that I am going to share with you today.

I was born during World War II, so that made me older than the “Baby Boom” generation and younger than the Depression generation. Still, there were some very notable and memorable things that went on, besides my birth. The following is a small grouping of those happenings.

The New York Yankees won the World Series (go figure). The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. The Heisman Trophy winner was Angelo Bertelli of Notre Dame. Wyoming won the NCAA Basketball championship. The U.S. Golf Open was not held, due to the war. The Indianapolis 500 was not held due to the war. Read more »

Golden Lads Baseball Game, Saturday May 22, 1 & 3pm

Saturday, May 22, the Monroe Golden Lads will be playing a DOUBLE HEADER rematch of last years olde tyme baseball game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings! Game times are 1:00pm & 3:00pm and held at the Monroe Community Park, 500 S. Main Street in Monroe. They will be playing on the grass field adjacent to diamond #6. This is a free event and fun for all ages! Bring your lawn chairs, your blankets, a picnic lunch and enjoy baseball in its original form. Interested in playing? The team is open to men ages 18-80. Just have a question? Contact Gene Williams 539-9573. The Monroe Golden Lads Olde Tyme Base Ball team is a joint venture with the Monroe Ohio Historical Society. www.monroegoldenlads.com www.1869reds.com www.monroeoh-historicalsociety.org

Vintage Base Ball Team

Vintage Base Ball is base ball (yes, it was spelled two words prior to the 1880s) played by the rules and customs of the 19th Century. The players (sometimes called ballists) wear period reproduction uniforms, either with long trouser and shield shirt, or a later style lace shirt and knickers. They recreate the game based on rules and research of the various decades of the mid-to-late nineteenth century. The playing of vintage base ball can be seen at open-air museums, tournament re-enactments and city parks. It is played on both open grass fields and modern baseball diamonds. Spectators may consider vintage base ball to be a new sport, however, some clubs have been in existence since the 1980s. Vintage base ball is a reflection of how baseball existed at an earlier time. Read more »

Civil War Display at Historical Society

The Monroe Historical Society will be presenting a very special Civil War display from April 22 - April 25, 2010 at the Museum located at 10 E. Elm Street, downtown Monroe. Hours for this special event will be 10am – 3pm Thursday through Saturday and 1pm – 4pm Sunday.
Highlighting our presentation is a collection of letters from cavalry soldier Robert Burr of Cleves, Ohio (Hamilton County) to his sister Mattie Vance of nearby Bethany, Ohio (Butler County). The genealogy of the family begins with the legendary Aaron Burr and includes several Monroe families. These fascinating firsthand accounts of Civil War life, including the Battle of Shiloh, Murfreesboro and the taking of Savannah and ride to the sea, span the entire length of the war from 1861-1865. This is an unprecedented collection and a real treasure for Monroe:

“June 9th 1862 Savannah TN
I have got hardened to the sight of a dead man by this time. I would as leave sleep by the side of a dead man as to sleep with one that was a live only he wont keep me quite so warm.”

“March 17, 1863 Triune, TN Read more »

Historical Society Annual Dinner

The Monroe Historical Society held its annual dinner and program on December 13, 2009 at the Mt Pleasant Activity Building. A wonderful dinner was catered by Grecian Delight and Mr. Jim Price presented a very informative program on the history of the 1910 Museum building located at the corner of Main & Elm St. 

Susan Bake of West Chester was announced as the winner of the quilt raffle. She is the daughter of Clarence & Tillie Adams of Monroe. A general meeting was also held that included the election of officers to the Board of Directors. The following members were elected:

President, Norman Hayes

Vice President/Programs, Jane Majors

Treasurer, Gene Williams

Recording Secretary, Elaine Garver Read more »

Apple Butter!

10/24/2009 8:00 am
10/24/2009 4:00 pm

Please join us in the making of old fashioned apple butter!
What could be better on a crisp fall day than the smell of sweet cider in the air?
Join the Monroe Historical Society on Friday, October 23rd from 4pm - 6pm at 10 E. Elm St in the rear of the Chickahominy House Museum for the peeling and coring of the apples. Bring your own peeler!
We need you again Saturday, October 24 from 8am - 4pm at the log cabin in the Community Park on S. Main St. for the cooking, stirring and canning of the jars.
Bring the kids and some games for them to play as the adults tell "Tall Tales" of Monroe. This will be a perfect opportunity to stop by and meet the nice folks who make up the Monroe Historical Society. We will be happy to pass you the giant spoon for a turn at stirring! Refreshments will be served.
Apple butter will be available for $4 a jar at Monroe's annual Christmas on the Plaza event, November 21, from 10am-6pm at the 1910 Building and the Log Cabin.

For more information, call Gene Williams at 539-9573

Monroe Olde Tyme Baseball Team Forming

Although the Monroe Golden Lads lost their game to the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, players and fans alike had a wonderful afternoon of old-fashioned fun. So much fun in fact, that there is talk of a permanent Monroe team. Games are played using 1869 rules against regional teams. If you are interested in joining Monroe's team, please contact (click to email) Gene Williams (539-9581) or Tracy Shell (600-0366).

Historical Society Quilt Raffle

photo by Susan Wise

The Historical Society will be selling raffle tickets for this handmade king sized Alabama Star quilt. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available from members, at the log cabin on August 8, and online at www.monroeoh-historicalsociety.org. The drawing will take place at the December meeting.

Pictured are board members Norm Hayes, Elaine Garver, Shirley Smith, Jane Majors, Jo Bussell and Gene Williams. 

Historical Society Meeting

07/30/2009 6:00 pm

submitted by Jane Majors

The Monroe Historical Society will meet on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm. in the Activity Building at Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village. This will be a carry-in-dinner. Meat, beverage and rolls will be provided. Members and guest are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to share and your own table service. Business meeting will follow dinner. The program, following the meeting will be presented by Mr. Gary Kersey. Mr. Kersey's topic will be" Lincoln visits General Hooker's Army." Guests are welcome. Any questions contact Norm Hayes, 432-6363 or Jane Majors, 539-7109.