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Title: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Mayonnaise on May 03, 2013, 09:53:04 AM
Sometime's there are time's when don't really have a category so.... This is what this thread is for.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Mayonnaise on May 03, 2013, 10:06:33 AM
This is a game I recently purchased. It is called "The Game of Monroe: Wheeler-Dealer. From what I can tell, all the pieces are in the game. The date on the game is 1980. Which at this time, makes this game 33 years old. I was told where I got it that the game was made from the Monroe High School. Some businesse's on the game board are not around anymore. There is a list of names on the board of Monroe Jaycee Membership, Jaycee Auxilliary and Past Presidents.

(http://i651.photobucket.com/albums/uu235/jjmj63/MonroeGame_zpsf52f3f35.jpg) (http://s651.photobucket.com/user/jjmj63/media/MonroeGame_zpsf52f3f35.jpg.html)

The businesses names, address and phone numbers are on the board are as follows: Start: St. Marys Park, Monroe Medical Center, Jackson Rental The Tool Shed, Monroe House of Travel, The Bike Rack, Athena Restaurant, Yaeger's Shoes, Monroe Sports Center, Harvey's Paint & Supply, Hoffman Turner Agency, Monroe High School (Corner), Professional Village Pharmacies, Inc, Towne Club Pop, LeGalerie, Monreo Aluminum Prod., Monroe Bank & Trust, New World Monroe Real Estate, Monroe Housing (Corner) Bob Kapp Friendly Ford Inc., La-Z-Boy Chair Company, Piedmonte Electric Co. Inc., Diamond's Men's Wear, Caspers Party Store, Elliott's TV-Appliance, WVMO FM 98.3, C & B Automotive Beach Auto, Monroe County History Museum, Monroe City Hall (Corner), Mignano's Food & Beer Centers, Sam Morris Inc, Cash & Carry, Ray's Music, Earl Little Funeral Home, North Monroe Greenhouses Inc., First National Bank.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Monroe Native on May 03, 2013, 10:47:11 AM
Why no railroads?

In Monroe every other square should have been a railroad.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Billy on May 03, 2013, 08:58:48 PM
Mmmmm......... Towne Club. Also nice to see Harvey's Paint Supply. I had totally forgotten about that place. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on June 08, 2013, 08:27:37 AM
Here's a link to a MEN photo gallery...  can't copy and paste the photos so you'll just have to check them out.  Several historic photos of some of the old Monroe schools (many have already met their date with the demolition crew).

http://monroenews.smugmug.com/Other/Special-Orders/22801453_BJtXbz#!i=2424925273&k=qcZG57h
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on June 08, 2013, 08:40:10 AM
Can anyone identify this building?

I know there's not much to go on...  it's titled "trainstop" so that is what piqued my interest.

The chimney would certainly be distinctive if the building is still standing.  Also it looks like there may be a small footbridge in the background so a railroad stop near a creek...  how many of those could there have been in Monroe County!?

http://monroenews.smugmug.com/Other/Special-Orders/22801453_BJtXbz#!i=2420801784&k=CtLJRCm&lb=1&s=O
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2013, 09:14:31 AM
An interesting view of Lake Erie.  It's dated 1934-35.

(http://www.monroeccc.edu/monroehistory/photographs/lake_river/lk_erie_shore_1934_35/lk_erie_shore_1934_35.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Mayonnaise on July 08, 2013, 10:15:05 AM
I posted the picture of the game on Face(I need a life)Book and I got a reply about it.

"The Monroe Jaycees ordered these game in the 80's to help fund for the Miss Monroe Pageant and their Annual Easter egg hunt."
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Flanders on July 08, 2013, 10:38:38 AM
A few years ago during "Custer Week" they held a tour of Woodland Cemetery.  Some great history there as well.

Aside from the war figures, the two I remember are the members of the Morton family, the salt people, and I believe someone notable dealing with Numismatics is buried there as well.

Also there is a great deal of cemetery iconography to be found as well at that location.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on February 12, 2015, 12:42:24 PM
A very interesting article in the MonroeNews (and now on their website)...

a man with a home on Wadsworth Street in the city has been 'digging up history'...

well, at least some historical artifacts!

More at:  http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/feb/12/monroe-man-digs-artifacts-beneath-wadsworth-st-hou/ (http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/feb/12/monroe-man-digs-artifacts-beneath-wadsworth-st-hou/)

There's a link with several photos at the bottom of the article!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on February 12, 2015, 01:57:52 PM
Mayo always said there were secret places under buildings...   here's proof!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 12, 2015, 04:53:51 PM
Mayo always said there were secret places under buildings...   here's proof!
:D
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on February 12, 2015, 09:46:34 PM
:D
Did anyone invite you to "visit" the site?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Mayonnaise on February 13, 2015, 08:08:14 AM
Did anyone invite you to "visit" the site?
Nope. It would be interesting. I know right where my shaker screen is.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History Japanese Sub Downtown Monroe!
Post by: Professor H on May 31, 2015, 07:13:47 PM
July 1943   Japanese Sub - Downtown Monroe  this is across the street from the Monroe Theatre.   

(http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a5db10b3127cc9b8060bea543c00000010O00CZMmLds3Ytge3bjY/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00601767120220150531230819834.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/?tn=-991488769)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Hearshear on May 31, 2015, 08:07:15 PM
They have a Japanese mini sub on display at the navy base New London , Ct. I wonder if it is the same one?
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on June 24, 2015, 08:32:57 AM
This isn't really 'Monroe' history although I'd guess some of the passengers very well have been from Monroe.  I saw this yesterday on one of the interurban forums I subscribe to.  They do a 'day by day' history of events.

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June 23, 1923 A Detroit, Jackson & Chicago interurban derails in Parma, MI. The derailed car causes severe damage to the village’s jail, which is considered a total loss and never rebuilt.


I found a link to some photos from an Mlive article:

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2013/10/peek_through_time_jail_destroy.html (http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2013/10/peek_through_time_jail_destroy.html)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on June 29, 2015, 10:49:12 AM
This isn't directly related to Monroe although I've read that the Boblo boats would dock here at times and I'm sure lots of Monroe County residents rode them over to the island from various points.

The SS Columbia has been moved down to Toledo (would have loved to have seen it go past Monroe) for some drydock repairs and it's getting ready to head to New York and haul passengers again!!!

Modified to add the link:

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/29430024/detroit-excursion-boat-getting-ready-for-move-to-new-home (http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/29430024/detroit-excursion-boat-getting-ready-for-move-to-new-home)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 09, 2015, 11:56:02 AM
When I was checking out the rail bridge project by the Winchester bridge I parked over at the Credit Union lot and walked over to the bridge.  I know the worksite is actually a little city park that the city is letting the contractor use and then it's supposed to be upgraded when they're done.  Going back across Winchester to the west is what may have been the 'rest of' that park before Winchester was moved to the east for the new bridge.  Any of the locals remember how long ago that was? The current bridge was already far from new when we moved here.

Anyway, there appears to be some symmetry to the way the sidewalks (that don't go anywhere) are laid out.  There has to be some kind of 'story' to all this!

 (http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/IMG_20150623_202953742_zpsg8oy5wsf.jpg) (http://s905.photobucket.com/user/bigreddog1/media/IMG_20150623_202953742_zpsg8oy5wsf.jpg.html)

Here's a Google aerial view of the are I'm talking about.  You can see the 'original Winchester street location...  nothing left of the old bridge except memories...   and the re-aligned intersection with N. Dixie.  Looking at the way the old bridge would have intersected Elm Avenue it must have been kind of a chaotic intersection during high traffic times. 

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Monroe,+MI/@41.9123415,-83.3823639,221m/data= (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Monroe,+MI/@41.9123415,-83.3823639,221m/data=)!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x883b6fa6b2cc2bcd:0x1aff3b8ff9f0d231!6m1!1e1
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Fishbulb on July 31, 2015, 05:14:43 PM
Here's a little story about Monroe history.


http://www.blogsmonroe.com/beer/2015/07/monroe-in-the-time-of-typhoid/ (http://www.blogsmonroe.com/beer/2015/07/monroe-in-the-time-of-typhoid/)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on August 03, 2015, 11:10:08 AM
Here's a little story about Monroe history.


[url]http://www.blogsmonroe.com/beer/2015/07/monroe-in-the-time-of-typhoid/[/url] ([url]http://www.blogsmonroe.com/beer/2015/07/monroe-in-the-time-of-typhoid/[/url])


Very interesting story Fishbulb. 

The 100 yr old maps of Monroe are interesting and also a resource for lots of other history around Monroe.  Looks like they've used the same 'starter' map on pages 48-56 although some pages are much darker and easier to read.  It clearly shows the city limits in 1915, the route of the interurbans and all the rail routes at the time.  A few of the street names have been changed.  It shows the eastern end of the mill race that came from the Waterloo dam and the one at the east edge of the city that has been filled in years ago (but apparently not until after at least 1915).

Someday (if I live long enough) I'd like to do more study on those old mill races.  They literally were the key for early industrial growth in the area.  There is one almost completely intact out along the north side of the river on both sides of the Ida Maybee Road bridge.

I'm sure there are other details I've overlooked so far.

The map on page 57 again shows rail company names including electric interurbans.  Also shows the relatively 'new' (at that time) government channel cut in to straighten the entrance to the River Raisin and the area that is now the Port of Monroe.  It also clearly shows the 'natural' flow of the River Raisin which has now been altered by the construction of the DTE 'coal burner' plant.  I believe that was in the 1960s.

Interesting that the map on page 58 shows the pollution levels in western Lake Erie...

and 100 years later here we are with all eyes on the pollution levels in western Lake Erie...

seems like we might have learned something in 100 years :-\ :-\ :-\

Page 64 shows 'refuse disposal' in Monroe.  I've heard more than once that the 'city dump' was the area near where the former Farmer Jack Plaza (can't recall what it's called now...  something with Riverside in it maybe) is located.  That picture may very well be from right there with the current CSX bridges in the background. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on August 03, 2015, 11:17:13 AM
When I was checking out the rail bridge project by the Winchester bridge I parked over at the Credit Union lot and walked over to the bridge.  I know the worksite is actually a little city park that the city is letting the contractor use and then it's supposed to be upgraded when they're done.  Going back across Winchester to the west is what may have been the 'rest of' that park before Winchester was moved to the east for the new bridge.  Any of the locals remember how long ago that was? The current bridge was already far from new when we moved here.

Anyway, there appears to be some symmetry to the way the sidewalks (that don't go anywhere) are laid out.  There has to be some kind of 'story' to all this!

 ([url]http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/IMG_20150623_202953742_zpsg8oy5wsf.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s905.photobucket.com/user/bigreddog1/media/IMG_20150623_202953742_zpsg8oy5wsf.jpg.html[/url])

Here's a Google aerial view of the are I'm talking about.  You can see the 'original Winchester street location...  nothing left of the old bridge except memories...   and the re-aligned intersection with N. Dixie.  Looking at the way the old bridge would have intersected Elm Avenue it must have been kind of a chaotic intersection during high traffic times. 

[url]https://www.google.com/maps/place/Monroe,+MI/@41.9123415,-83.3823639,221m/data=[/url] ([url]https://www.google.com/maps/place/Monroe,+MI/@41.9123415,-83.3823639,221m/data=[/url])!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x883b6fa6b2cc2bcd:0x1aff3b8ff9f0d231!6m1!1e1


This is called 'Rauch Park'.  The Rauch family were major players in the papermills of Monroe.  I still haven't found any explanation for the configuration of the sidewalks near the credit union building though.  I'm thinking at some time there must have been a building there.

Here's the very little info on the City website I could find about it.

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Rauch Park.  This linear green space serves as an entryway into the city off of the I-75 corridor and provides a buffer between residential and industrial development on the city’s east side.  It is divided by Winchester Parkway and fronts on the River Raisin on the north boundary.


Above from:  http://www.monroemi.gov/city-services/parks/ (http://www.monroemi.gov/city-services/parks/)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on August 09, 2015, 11:33:56 AM
From Tuesday's MonroeNews...

100 Years ago in the Record-Commercial

This is always an interesting read but I found several interesting notes in this one.

Deaths in Monroe County for 1913 were 421 which was outweighed by 701 births.  There were also 811 marriages and only 16 divorces granted!!!  My how times have changed :o :o :o

The lobby of the post office will now be staying "open and lighted" until 10pm for customers who want to access their boxes or drop off mail.

An excursion to Put In Bay...  Special cars (I assume they are referring to interurban cars) will leave Munch's Corner at 8:45 am 'eastern' time.  The steamer State of New York will leave the foot of Madison Street, Toledo at 9:15 'central' time.  Part of the proceeds will be allotted to the Monroe County Dixie Road Fund. (maybe we need to do some road funding events like that if we ever expect to get our roads fixed!!!)

"County Clerk Zabel on Saturday received the articles of association of the Francisco-Martin Motor Car co.  The car is to cost $480.00 and is to be made at Newport."  I never heard of the car company and find it interesting the County Clerk was available on a Saturday.

"A car load of poles are expected this week, and when they arrive will be used to string wires from Carleton to Scofield to connect with the electricity generated at Grape."  I'm guessing the Grape generation they are referring to was generated from the mill race that is still very evident in the area.

The Tigers were contending for first place!!!

In my opinion this one gets the prize for the 'more times change the more they stay the same' award ;) ;) ;)

Headline:  State Demands Filtered Water:  It is learned that Hydrographic Engineers are investigating Lake currents to see if local sewage contaminates source of Monroe Water Supply.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Tiny on November 22, 2015, 12:15:19 AM
I found a site with a bunch of old maps of Michigan. If you right click and open in another tab you can zoom in on them.

18 historic (and not so historic) maps of Michigan

http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1 (http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on November 22, 2015, 06:26:18 AM
I found a site with a bunch of old maps of Michigan. If you right click and open in another tab you can zoom in on them.

18 historic (and not so historic) maps of Michigan

[url]http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1[/url] ([url]http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1[/url])



Some neat maps there Tiny...   Doesn't look like the River Raisin was the original name for 'our' river.  And Lake Michigan was the name for both our current Lake Michigan as well as all of Lake Huron! 

I'll do some more exploring later.  Thanks for the resource ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on December 05, 2015, 11:28:48 AM
I found a site with a bunch of old maps of Michigan. If you right click and open in another tab you can zoom in on them.

18 historic (and not so historic) maps of Michigan

[url]http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1[/url] ([url]http://photos.metrotimes.com/18-historic-and-not-so-historic-maps-of-michigan/#1[/url])


Here's a map segment I found and snipped from one of the maps you posted Tiny...  some info I'd never seen before!

(http://i905.photobucket.com/albums/ac260/bigreddog1/RailClip1897_zpsgyf6pbt6.jpg) (http://s905.photobucket.com/user/bigreddog1/media/RailClip1897_zpsgyf6pbt6.jpg.html)

I posted it in the Henry Ford's Railroad thread and made several comments on it there.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on December 08, 2015, 07:13:42 AM
An article about Detroit's Purple Gang and their smuggling during Prohibition.

A lot of the 'product' mentioned moved down the dusty Dixie Highway through Monroe County.

Plenty of stories about gang meetings to settle turf wars at the Northwood Villa. 

I've heard more than one story of vehicles driving across frozen Lake Erie to come ashore in Monroe County like the photo in the article.

http://www.awesomemitten.com/detroit-underground-history/?utm_content=bufferb7e96&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (http://www.awesomemitten.com/detroit-underground-history/?utm_content=bufferb7e96&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on January 26, 2016, 09:00:52 AM
This is actually 'state' history but certainly Monroe was very involved at the time (even though we are almost missing on the cake)!

Today is the 179th anniversary of Michigan's statehood.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/12523922_1208557085838610_5818190219870108244_n.jpg?oh=d95ad934b7843d84f052c9d5365a469f&oe=572F733D)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on January 26, 2016, 10:10:01 AM
Here's another cake using a lot of Michigan products including Calder Dairy cream!!!

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xta1/v/t1.0-0/p480x480/12548941_1208556089172043_922586847085688805_n.jpg?oh=55a0d362720db9a6a0400c7a0a718ec8&oe=572E0DB4)

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Kanarellas Creations

Michigan is a unique state full of so much food, drinks, destinations, sports, music and lots of soul. I wanted to make a cake that represented Michigan at the very core, and that is why I chose to focus on incorporating as many Michigan made products as possible. I used eggs from Charlotte, Pioneer Sugar made in Bay City, honey from Metamora, Gurnsey’s milk, Calder dairy heavy cream, Sanders cocoa, blueberries from Traverse City and Faygo pop. The strawberries and blueberries were used to represent some of the seasonal fruits our state is well known for. The bottom tier of the cake is a Faygo crème soda cake with a Bavarian cream filling mixed with a berry and honey compote. The top tier is a Sander’s chocolate and Faygo Rock and Rye cake with a Sander’s chocolate filling. I chose to keep my decorations simple with a primary focus on our state. It has the outline of Michigan, made with homemade fondant and hand painted with gold luster. Below that is one of the most well known ad campaigns- “Pure Michigan”, exactly what this cake is made of.
Happy Birthday Michigan!

Above all from:

https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeMitten/photos/a.1208556005838718.1073741829.157106820983647/1208556089172043/?type=3&theater&utm_content=bufferd0015&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeMitten/photos/a.1208556005838718.1073741829.157106820983647/1208556089172043/?type=3&theater&utm_content=bufferd0015&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Tiny on April 04, 2016, 11:47:09 PM
Found this on Facebook. This is the intersection of N Monroe and Stewart Rd back in 1937 looking North. The Gulf station is now the tire store and the big house behind it is still there. Beyond that is now a Bucemi's pizza place.

I used to know an old guy that had all kinds of pictures from way back when he was young. He said both sides of Telegraph were farm fields then and he had pictures. He was a truck driver since back in the 40's. I always wanted to scan them in but never got the chance and he passed away. Don't know what happened to them.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10390279_744862995603333_6988810614206023254_n.jpg?oh=01600b133d69c2d18adc1c683641d30c&oe=577A4828)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: blue2 on April 05, 2016, 09:59:22 AM
I'd like to have some of those cars
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on April 09, 2016, 01:18:56 AM
The weeks MonroeBuzz has a neat antique map of the entire great lakes region so I guess that includes Monroe so it can go here!

http://themonroebuzz.com/edition-week-march-7-2016/ (http://themonroebuzz.com/edition-week-march-7-2016/)

Our 'mitten shape' is just a little distorted ;) ;) ;)

(http://themonroebuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Michigan_1718-768x477.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: rwwjr on April 16, 2016, 12:09:44 PM
Civil War Week at the Historical Museum Beginning April 26th
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 01, 2016, 10:35:17 AM
Monroe County is getting ready to celebrate it's 200th anniversary and they're digging up some of the original state documents involved with creating the county.

http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/20160630/bicentennial-panel-shares-early-monroe-county-documents-with-county-board (http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/20160630/bicentennial-panel-shares-early-monroe-county-documents-with-county-board)

This is an early map of the 'proposed' boundaries of the new county although this is not the final location of the boundaries.

I'm curious what the two darker yellow areas are on the map and also the two heavy lines that appear...   maybe just some kind of an overlaid 'base' line to work from :-\ :-\ :-\

The yellow area near the bottom right of the map is in an area where there was a large Native American Reservation at one time so that may be it.  And there was the Macon Reservation just north of Dundee and that could be the other yellow area. 

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“Michigan and Monroe County were wild territory in 1817,” he said. “The Indian Territory was beyond the baseline of Michigan … we’re moving toward our bicentennial and trying to teach lessons we’ve learned.”


By "beyond" I'm assuming they mean 'south of' the baseline.  For those not familiar with how the original surveying was done to lay out the states system of townships and 'square' (they're usually anything but square but that's a different lesson) miles the Michigan primary 'baseline' is 8 mile road on the north side of Detroit and then projected across the state to Lake Michigan.  In some areas it is called 'baseline' road...  pretty creative!!!

Hopefully I can figure out how to get a closer look at this map!

(http://www.bedfordnow.com/storyimage/MI/20160630/NEWS/160639922/AR/0/Monroe-and-Lenawee-County-boundary.jpg&MaxW=650)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on July 04, 2016, 09:32:48 AM
Monroe County is getting ready to celebrate it's 200th anniversary and they're digging up some of the original state documents involved with creating the county.

[url]http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/20160630/bicentennial-panel-shares-early-monroe-county-documents-with-county-board[/url] ([url]http://www.bedfordnow.com/news/20160630/bicentennial-panel-shares-early-monroe-county-documents-with-county-board[/url])


Hopefully I can figure out how to get a closer look at this map!

([url]http://www.bedfordnow.com/storyimage/MI/20160630/NEWS/160639922/AR/0/Monroe-and-Lenawee-County-boundary.jpg&MaxW=650[/url])


Maybe Maverick has some pull...   to get you a view of the map  ;)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Maverick on July 04, 2016, 10:29:58 AM
I have a copy in my truck that I don't know what to do with !!!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on July 04, 2016, 10:36:59 AM
Sounds like a drink and map viewing is in order... :)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on August 12, 2016, 06:13:56 PM
I noticed a few weeks ago that they had cleaned out a lot of the brush and trees around the old cabin.  Glad to see progress is being made.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160812/volunteers-restoring-house-believed-to-be-oldest-in-bedford (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160812/volunteers-restoring-house-believed-to-be-oldest-in-bedford)
Title: Monroe County has the most centennial farms (175) in Michigan
Post by: BigRedDog on September 18, 2016, 07:13:41 PM
http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160918/bureau-lauds-centennial-farm-owners-in-county (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160918/bureau-lauds-centennial-farm-owners-in-county)
Title: When The Great Fire of 1916 nearly destroyed the town of Erie
Post by: BigRedDog on September 21, 2016, 09:12:57 AM
The settlement at Erie has burned a few times over it's history.  One of the largest fires was 100 years ago. 

http://www.monroenews.com/article/20160920/NEWS/309209992 (http://www.monroenews.com/article/20160920/NEWS/309209992)

Note the interurban tracks at the bottom edge of the photo.

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Title: Restored McGowan School unveiled
Post by: BigRedDog on September 21, 2016, 10:15:55 AM
Restored McGowan School unveiled

Glad to see the preservation and restoration work on these historic structures.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160920/restored-mcgowan-school-unveiled (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160920/restored-mcgowan-school-unveiled)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on September 21, 2016, 02:53:22 PM
The settlement at Erie has burned a few times over it's history.  One of the largest fires was 100 years ago. 

[url]http://www.monroenews.com/article/20160920/NEWS/309209992[/url] ([url]http://www.monroenews.com/article/20160920/NEWS/309209992[/url])

Note the interurban tracks at the bottom edge of the photo.

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People find it odd that they didn't have a fire department back then... and it wasn't started up right away after this fire either.    Monroe and Toledo Fire tried to respond but it was likely too late and the interurban was out of commission from the fire.     
We had an old log/dispatch book at the MFD that you could browse through and it had requests like this noted throughout the county. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on September 21, 2016, 09:50:42 PM
People find it odd that they didn't have a fire department back then... and it wasn't started up right away after this fire either.    Monroe and Toledo Fire tried to respond but it was likely too late and the interurban was out of commission from the fire.     
We had an old log/dispatch book at the MFD that you could browse through and it had requests like this noted throughout the county.

Even if the power to the interurban had been on and they could have traveled down there I'm not sure what they could have done.  Sounds like all they were taking with them would have been what they could carry so nothing like a pumper to actually extinguish any fire. 

Title: Did we really 'almost lose Detroit' in Fermi 1 mishap 50 years ago?
Post by: BigRedDog on October 10, 2016, 10:07:43 AM
Just think how much different all of our lives would be today!!!

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/10/09/detroit-fermi-accident-nuclear-plant/91434816/ (http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/10/09/detroit-fermi-accident-nuclear-plant/91434816/)

(http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/50502cc4d93cdfa43da238060269a39501e30abf/c=0-47-2786-2142&r=x408&c=540x405/local/-/media/2016/10/06/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/636113868341971418-dfpa43339.jpg)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on November 08, 2016, 08:01:23 PM
http://www.monroenews.com/news/20161108/excavating-old-plane-crash (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20161108/excavating-old-plane-crash)

1945 military plane crash in Monroe County
Title: Re: Did we really 'almost lose Detroit' in Fermi 1 mishap 50 years ago?
Post by: The Fuzz on November 08, 2016, 08:17:26 PM
Just think how much different all of our lives would be today!!!

[url]http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/10/09/detroit-fermi-accident-nuclear-plant/91434816/[/url] ([url]http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/10/09/detroit-fermi-accident-nuclear-plant/91434816/[/url])

([url]http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/50502cc4d93cdfa43da238060269a39501e30abf/c=0-47-2786-2142&r=x408&c=540x405/local/-/media/2016/10/06/DetroitFreePress/DetroitFreePress/636113868341971418-dfpa43339.jpg[/url])


Thanks for that post BRD......I had heard of the incident way back when, but this was the first detailed story I read on it.  Good stuff.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on November 09, 2016, 08:44:23 AM
[url]http://www.monroenews.com/news/20161108/excavating-old-plane-crash[/url] ([url]http://www.monroenews.com/news/20161108/excavating-old-plane-crash[/url])

1945 military plane crash in Monroe County


There are some other crash sites around the county from that same era.  Wasn't too long ago they recovered one of these trainers from Lake Erie or the Detroit River near Grosse Ile which may have made it just out of Monroe County.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on February 13, 2017, 10:23:45 PM
Interesting gif of downtown monroe looking towards courthouse are on Washington -  morphing into modern pic...     City hall was there and a fire station during that pic from the 1800s

http://giphy.com/gifs/washington-and-front-1880-to-2016-3o6ZsWRQJS45NGYrQs (http://giphy.com/gifs/washington-and-front-1880-to-2016-3o6ZsWRQJS45NGYrQs)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: The Fuzz on February 14, 2017, 10:23:29 AM
That's cool!
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on February 19, 2017, 11:52:10 PM
http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/09/the_most_famous_natives_of_mic.html (http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/09/the_most_famous_natives_of_mic.html)

Interesting they picked Christy Brinkley -   I recall a poster of her hanging in my room years ago

I would have thought Gen. Custer may have been an honorable mention along with the founders of Laz-y-boy
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Monroe Native on February 24, 2017, 08:38:14 PM
[url]http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/09/the_most_famous_natives_of_mic.html[/url] ([url]http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/09/the_most_famous_natives_of_mic.html[/url])

Interesting they picked Christy Brinkley -   I recall a poster of her hanging in my room years ago

I would have thought Gen. Custer may have been an honorable mention along with the founders of Laz-y-boy


LOL - Custer wasn't from Monroe.  His wife was.

No one outside of Monroe cares about Monroe Shock or La-Z-Boy.  Almost no one left in Monroe either.

Christy - she was hot.  I think good pick.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on February 26, 2017, 08:11:28 AM
you're right - at 63 she's still hot!   

Sports Illustrated cover pic with her daughters...

(https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/christie-brinkley.jpg?w=1471)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on July 08, 2017, 07:06:36 AM
Just heard an interesting story about the location known as Munson Park... 

It was supposed to be named after  Raymond and Elsie Knapp.     

Goes back to 69 - when the City was expanding Custer airport's e/w runway option and the rest was available for the park and nature trails.     

An option was extended on the land for 50K  and the city missed that option deadline by a 3-3 vote as the mayor was out of town (the one who set up the deal)     Mr. Knapp never enforced the  50k pay he was due and eventually made a deal to provide from his farm - the land now used for both the airport and what was later named Munson Park  -  spiting the previous mayor's promise to the Knapp Family.

I'd just like to go on record that a family that made a sacrafice of land for future generations benefits -   should get the recognition.    They have both since passed away - and knowing them both to be kind and gentle people they wouldn't want a fuss -  but I hope someday the City will revisit the name to what was promised vs someone who was a politician.   
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 08, 2017, 08:58:06 AM
Just heard an interesting story about the location known as Munson Park... 

It was supposed to be named after  Raymond and Elsie Knapp.     

Goes back to 69 - when the City was expanding Custer airport's e/w runway option and the rest was available for the park and nature trails.     

An option was extended on the land for 50K  and the city missed that option deadline by a 3-3 vote as the mayor was out of town (the one who set up the deal)     Mr. Knapp never enforced the  50k pay he was due and eventually made a deal to provide from his farm - the land now used for both the airport and what was later named Munson Park  -  spiting the previous mayor's promise to the Knapp Family.

I'd just like to go on record that a family that made a sacrafice of land for future generations benefits -   should get the recognition.    They have both since passed away - and knowing them both to be kind and gentle people they wouldn't want a fuss -  but I hope someday the City will revisit the name to what was promised vs someone who was a politician.

So, who was the 'Munson' the park was eventually named after?  The only Munsons I knew were the ones in La Salle that ran the excavating business.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Professor H on July 08, 2017, 02:35:02 PM
He was a former Mayor...  seems that politicians like to have their names on things. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 28, 2017, 10:36:16 AM
Today is the 105th anniversary of one of the worst train crashes in Monroe County involving an automobile.  It was actually at a time when there were very few automobiles on the roads. 

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36759168 (https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36759168)

The car the Cousino family owned and was riding in was built by the E.M.F. auto company which appears to have some early ties to Studebaker.

http://emfauto.org/ (http://emfauto.org/)

http://emfauto.org/EMF_history.php (http://emfauto.org/EMF_history.php)

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Tiny on July 29, 2017, 12:34:59 AM
Just heard an interesting story about the location known as Munson Park... 

It was supposed to be named after  Raymond and Elsie Knapp.     

Goes back to 69 - when the City was expanding Custer airport's e/w runway option and the rest was available for the park and nature trails.     

An option was extended on the land for 50K  and the city missed that option deadline by a 3-3 vote as the mayor was out of town (the one who set up the deal)     Mr. Knapp never enforced the  50k pay he was due and eventually made a deal to provide from his farm - the land now used for both the airport and what was later named Munson Park  -  spiting the previous mayor's promise to the Knapp Family.

I'd just like to go on record that a family that made a sacrafice of land for future generations benefits -   should get the recognition.    They have both since passed away - and knowing them both to be kind and gentle people they wouldn't want a fuss -  but I hope someday the City will revisit the name to what was promised vs someone who was a politician.   

I could almost swear that park had a different name when it first opened. I remember driving by one day and seeing the name changed to "Milton Pat Munson Park" and wondering why the change. I remember telling my wife the mayor probably added some playground equipment and named it after himself.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 29, 2017, 10:12:05 AM
Today is the 105th anniversary of one of the worst train crashes in Monroe County involving an automobile.  It was actually at a time when there were very few automobiles on the roads. 

[url]https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36759168[/url] ([url]https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=36759168[/url])

The car the Cousino family owned and was riding in was built by the E.M.F. auto company which appears to have some early ties to Studebaker.

[url]http://emfauto.org/[/url] ([url]http://emfauto.org/[/url])

[url]http://emfauto.org/EMF_history.php[/url] ([url]http://emfauto.org/EMF_history.php[/url])



We had to go to Toledo yesterday to get some seals for the tractor PTO...

so when we left we swung by Lotus Drive and the NS crossing to take an 'anniversary' photo at the crash site.  The crash happened at about 4 pm but they didn't have daylight saving time back then so I figure our visit at 5 DST was pretty close.  No one else there although several cars did go by while we were taking pictures.  Even a train went by on the same track although it was going north rather than south.

It was another beautiful day and there is even corn planted in the field that would have obscured the view of the train in 1912. 
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on February 02, 2018, 08:26:48 PM
I posted one section of this in the appropriate thread but there are also multiple other Monroe related topics here.

monroemichigan.wordpress.com
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 05, 2018, 06:16:00 PM
One of those '100 years ago' articles from the MonroeNews.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180703/100-years-ago-in-monroe-evening-news (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180703/100-years-ago-in-monroe-evening-news)

Someone robbed Yeager's Shoes of $200!

All were interesting but I especially like the one about the National Guard troops hiking out to Wahl's Grove and having a meal. 

Wahl's Grove is a recorded plat out south of Avalon Beach along Bolles Harbor.  The homes are all on the water and the street today is called Shady Lane although on the plat from 1904 it was called Wahl Street and showed as 50 feet wide on the plat map.  Immediately to the west of the street is a 35.5 foot wide strip that is "Reserved for right of way of electric railway". 

I know the interurban came out of Toledo and came north as far as Toledo Beach but not sure it ever actually ran north as far as Wahl's Grove although I'm sure there were lots of plans that never panned out at the time.

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 16, 2018, 09:42:19 PM
The oldest commercial tugboat in the world is now working out of the Port of Monroe.  This article also has some interesting history on the Port itself.  I also posted this on the business board.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180715/port-of-monroe-signs-accord-for-towing-services (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180715/port-of-monroe-signs-accord-for-towing-services)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 16, 2018, 10:50:03 PM
Maybe I should contact them in Cleveland in as much as I worked for them many years ago as a fitter.  No, on second thought, I'm retired.

I think the Wisconsin has a 2 stroke Detroit locomotive engine.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 17, 2018, 08:36:20 AM
Maybe I should contact them in Cleveland in as much as I worked for them many years ago as a fitter.  No, on second thought, I'm retired.

I think the Wisconsin has a 2 stroke Detroit locomotive engine.

I wonder how many times it's been repowered over the years. 

We were out at the port driving around a few weeks ago and I didn't see it tied up but there are a lot of places you can't see from street too. 

Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 17, 2018, 09:56:10 AM
Here's some of the history or background on 'The Wisconsin'. 

It rolled over on the Detroit River and 6 crewmen were killed. 

So...   maybe it's a haunted tug!!!

I wonder if it will be renamed now that it's assigned to Monroe?

Maybe 'Monroe Mist' ;) ;) ;)

https://gltugs.wordpress.com/wisconsin/ (https://gltugs.wordpress.com/wisconsin/)

Here's a video recorded from the deck of the ship over in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin, Oldest Active Tug on the Great Lakes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juW19SDZaL4#)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 17, 2018, 09:57:50 AM
I forgot to add the link about the 'haunted' history.

https://milwaukeenotebook.com/2015/10/19/tugboat/
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: SidecarFlip on July 17, 2018, 04:43:30 PM
The Wisconsin is the oldest operating tug boat in the world btw.  Started out with Skinner Steam engines and was diesel repowered in the early 60's I think.  I read the keel was laid in Buffalo in like 1919.  Sucker is ancient.  It's also reported to be a very 'seaworthy' tug.

Sank a couple times, burned twice (in Detroit) and rebuilt many times.  Lots of stuff about it on Goggle.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: BigRedDog on July 17, 2018, 06:08:15 PM
The Wisconsin is the oldest operating tug boat in the world btw.  Started out with Skinner Steam engines and was diesel repowered in the early 60's I think. I read the keel was laid in Buffalo in like 1919.  Sucker is ancient.  It's also reported to be a very 'seaworthy' tug.

Sank a couple times, burned twice (in Detroit) and rebuilt many times.  Lots of stuff about it on Goggle.

One of the links I posted said it was built in 1897 so one of the articles is off by almost 20 years. 
Title: Flags O’er Veterans project making progress
Post by: BigRedDog on August 16, 2018, 08:22:46 AM
This project may not seem important but it will help history remember our military veterans. 

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180814/flags-oer-veterans-project-making-progress (http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180814/flags-oer-veterans-project-making-progress)
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: SidecarFlip on November 24, 2018, 07:51:37 AM
I see Monroe Council has willed the Multi-Sports complex to the River Raisin Battlefield Park.  That complex was always a loser, always will be.  Bad location.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: Monroe Native on November 24, 2018, 03:04:30 PM
I see Monroe Council has willed the Multi-Sports complex to the River Raisin Battlefield Park.  That complex was always a loser, always will be.  Bad location.

Yet the citizens of Monroe have to still pay off the bonds, and I doubt that $1 per year they negotiated is going to put a dent into those.
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: blue2 on November 24, 2018, 04:31:11 PM
is this the place north of Monroe when they played hockey and had a volleyball club
Title: Re: Miscellaneous Monroe History
Post by: SidecarFlip on November 24, 2018, 05:29:56 PM
Thats it, just north of elm.  Think they had one of those WWMA fights there (or whatever they are called) a while back too.  It's an ugly building in an ugly location in an ugly city.  Got everything going for it...lol

Don't see the draw of the park either.  Who wants to trudge around a mosquito infested wetland.  Not me.  What they need to do is bild an RV park there.  Way more RV's today than camping spots available, great revenue producer.