Historical Society

Players Needed for Ye Olde Time Baseball Game

The Red Stockings Baseball Team (of 1869) will be coming to Monroe to take on the Monroe's Golden Lads as part of Log Cabin Days in the Park on August 8 at 1:00. 

Players are still needed for Monroe's team. If you are interested in playing, please call Tracy Shell (email) at 600-0366 or Gene Williams at 539-9581 (email) to sign up. More information about the Red Stockings at www.1869reds.com.

Vintage Baseball Game

08/08/2009 1:00 pm
The Monroe Historical Society will be sponsoring a day of vintage baseball on August 9 at the Community Park. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Mark Bursley of the Red Onion will be providing the “normal ballgame fare” with brats, hot dogs, taffy, popcorn, peanuts, etc. Monroe grads Kara Cover and Paul Jutte will be singing The Star Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The game will begin at 1 p.m. between the 1869 Cincinnati Redstockings (www.1869reds.com) and a local Monroe team. Former Mayor Elbert Tannreuther will be umpiring the game and Councilman Tracy Shell will be the coaching the Monroe team. The log cabin will be open and games from the 1860s/70s will be available for all ages. A movie is also planned at dusk. Call Tracy Shell at 513-600-0366 if you wish to volunteer to play some ball the “old-fashioned” way, or you can call Gene Williams at 539-9581, to volunteer and participate in some fashion, for a Saturday of fun.

Historical Society Book Signing

03/08/2009 2:00 pm
03/08/2009 4:00 pm

The Monroe Historical Society has announced they will host a book signing for Monroe resident turned author, Marcia McCartt on Sunday, March 8 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Historical Society located at 10 East Elm Street in Monroe The 128-page book traces the history of Monroe from 1850 with over 200 black-and-white photos with a historical narrative

Mrs. McCartt’s passion for history and genealogy combined with an interest in the community encouraged her to write her first book She began with an interest in writing about the tornado that destroyed much of Monroe From that, her interest began to develop in exploring much earlier events of this 192 year-old community In addition to the 1969 tornado, the book features information about Nathaniel Sackett, the city’s founder, the Monroe churches and schools, the many community events celebrated by the residents, and successful individuals coming from the community Read more »

And A-Growing We Will Go

submitted by Gene Williams
When first platted in 1817 by Mr Sackett and Mr Piatt, Monroe appeared a little like four postage stamps, arranged in a square. What we know as Old Street was the main street of town, in the very center, ­heading east and west, just as Old Street does now. There were 3 cross streets and 3 ­alleys which divided the town into 20 deep building lots. In all, this constituted about 15 acres of land. This area included the homes, a small school, and various businesses. 
By 1819, more room was needed for homes, the school, and churches. In 1820 ­Nathanial Sackett wrote to his brother, Samuel, that the town consisted of 20 houses, 2 stores, 2 taverns, and a Presbyterian Church on the site.

The Life and Times of John Baker

submitted by Gene Williams

As we set forth to travel into the New Year, 2009, it is only fitting that we take a moment to go back to the beginning. Last month, I introduced you to John Baker, the first known farmer in the area. I thank all of you who came to visit at the Cabin on 14 December. Hopefully, all of you enjoyed the time spent visiting with us. 

Now, as promised, meet Nathanial Sackett, the Methodist preacher who obtained the Baker farm, then along with John Piatt, a businessman from Cincinnati, bought a tract of land from Pierson Sayre, the last soldier of the American Revolution to die in Butler County.  Read more »

Historical Society Summer Meeting & Speaker

07/31/2008 6:00 pm

The summer meeting of the Monroe Historical Society will be on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the activities building at Mt. Pleasant. The meeting is the annual covered dish dinner. The program is 'Purlins, Posts and Haymows: a sneak peek at Ohio's historic barns, 1790-1950.' This will be presented by Mr. Steve Gordon who will profile the types of construction and special importance of these landmarks to Ohio's rural landscapes.
Mr. Gordon's presentation has received outstanding acclaim and his audience usually draws an attendance of over 100 persons. The public is invited. Mr. Gordon's presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge.

Historical Society Christmas Dinner

The next meeting of the Monroe Historical Society will be our Annual Christmas Dinner.  This will be held on Thursday, November 29, at 6:00 PM at the Activity Building at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village.  This will be a catered dinner by Grecian Delight.  The cost of the dinner is $11.00, payable at the door.  Reservations should be made no later than November 25, by calling Jane Majors at 539-7109 or by e-mail to Jane at jgmaj@core.com.  (Note:  If a reservation is made and you do not attend, you will be responsible for the $11.00, payable to the Monroe Historical Society)  There wil

City and Historical Society Honor Joyce Tannruether

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The July 4th Open House at the Monroe Historical Society included a surprise (at least for Mrs. Tannruether). Joyce Tannruether was presented with a City Proclamation and a new plaque above the Board Room door.
Joyce arrived for the Open House and was pleasantly surprised by her many friends and fellow historians.
The Open House was well attended with tours throughout the afternoon. Cookies and punch were served along with a hearty dose of appreciation and congratulations for Mrs. Tannruether.
Mrs. Tannruether has been instrumental in many civic organizations, most notably in her ongoing work with the Historical Society. Text of the Proclamation is reprinted -below.
Monroe’s Historical Society is located on East Elm St. and houses many original artifacts and documents about the City. Read more »