Monroe and Monroe County News Briefs – 1847-1923


Hillsdale Whig Standard, Tuesday, March 2, 1847

The Southern Railroad is buried in a snowbank between this place (Hillsdale) and Monroe. We have had no cars since Thursday last and are admonished not to expect them until more moderate weather brings us “aid and comfort” by clearing the track.  We shall probably have a mail when we get it and not much before. A larger body of snow is now upon the ground than previously during the season.  P.S. Since the above was in type, the cars have arrived. The train left Monroe on Friday morning last and arrived here last evening at 6 o’clock. No mail from the East since Saturday.

Hillsdale Whig Standard, August 17, 1847

We regret to find in the Vera Cruz correspondence of the N.O. Evening Mercury of the date July 23 in relation to the health of Major Smith of Monroe in this state: “Our esteemed new quartermaster Major Smith has been ill four or five days back, and down to last night was convalescing from a slight attack of diarrhea and fever. This morning he had relapsed and lies in a critical state, indeed some apprehensions are felt for his recovery.”

Brooklyn Eagle, June 14, 1858

Mrs. Villette of La Salle was buried recently in the Catholic burying ground at Monroe, Michigan.  She was 112 years old at the time of her death. She made her will in the latter part of the last century and what is the most singular, she had outlived all the persons to whom she had bequeathed her property.

Hillsdale Standard, June 5, 1866

A female horse thief was arrested at Raisinville, Monroe County, last week. She was discovered sleeping in a haystack in a backfield where she had two stolen horses taken from Napoleon, Ohio, where she was taken. The woman had stolen them from her former husband from whom she had procured a divorce. The same man had $200 and a gold watch stolen from his home a few days ago. The watch was found with this woman when she was arrested.

Hillsdale Standard, January 14, 1868

10:30 a.m. Sunday School training not a substitute for home instruction. Reverend Henry Safford, Rector of Trinity Church, Monroe.

Hillsdale Standard, September 15, 1868

Charles Wing, son of Talcott E. Wing of Monroe while hunting a few days since, accidentally discharged his gun, the charge passing through his left arm, rendering amputation necessary.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 24, 1875

The First National Bank of Monroe, Michigan was robbed last night. The loss is supposed to be about $10,000.  There is no clue to the robbers.

St. Joseph Herald, February 25, 1876

holly wayne monroe

Sixty piles, each 67 feet long, have been brought for the purpose of making a trestle across a small lake a few miles from that place, to be used as a crossing by the Holly, Wayne, and Monroe Railroad.

St. Joseph Traveler Herald, April 4, 1885

Brunson of the Committee on Peach trees reported that the Monroe Nursery offered peach trees at $40 per thousand.

Bessemer Herald, June 6, 1896

Mr. James Perdue, residing at Monroe, Michigan, was severely afflicted with rheumatism, but received prompt relief from pain by using Chamberlain’s Pain Balm. He says, “At times my back would ache so badly that I could hardly raise up. If I had not gotten relief I would not be here to write these few lines. Chamberlain’s Pain Balm has done me a great deal of good and I feel very thankful for it.”

Bessemer Herald, June 11, 1898

The fiftieth annual convention of the Monroe County Sunday School Association was held in Ida.

Forty of Dundee’s most prominent young men have organized a Light Guard Company. Dr. J,B, Haynes is president.

Wakefield Advocate, November 28, 1914

Monroe.  Walter Knapp, a local contractor had a narrow escape from serious injury when his automobile struck a buggy driven by two Allore lads two miles west of here. Knapp was pinned beneath the machine while the two lads were thrown in the ditch.

Monroe: Toledo News Bee, June 4, 1921

Rites for Soldier

Monroe. Body of Walter Keehn, 23 of Monroe, who died in France from injuries received during the World War, was brought here on Friday to the home of his parents.  Services will be held on Sunday.

World War I
Company B, 338th Infantry

Walter was the son of George and Lena Weber Keehn. He was 27 years old. He lost his life as a soldier serving in the Argonne Drive, death resulting from wounds received in that battle.

Walter enlisted at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, on May 27, 1918, and left with the 85th Division, and in France, transferred to Company B, 338th Infantry. His body arrived in Detroit and was met at the depot by a delegation from the Carl Payson Post, American Legion, and was escorted back to Monroe. Pallbearers were Frank Maurer, Albert Kronback, Russell Weid, Herman Fogg, Robert Mahr, and William Rouselo. Monroe paid their final respect and honored a young soldier who gave his life for our freedom. He was mourned by his loving parents, four brothers, Fred, Frank, Harold, Norman; and four sisters, Margaret, Alice, Harriet and Helen.

Walter was laid to rest at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan. .Full military honors were given, taps were sounded by Francis Cicotte, and a volley was fired over the grave by a firing squad of eight men from the American Legion. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in Monroe, Mi. In the procession was the Monroe Cornet Band, members of Carl Payson Post, American Legion, and over a hundred automobiles followed the young soldier from the funeral services held at Trinity Lutheran Church, to his final resting place, three years after his death. The streets were lined with people, their heads bowed and hands over their hearts, as the procession passed through the streets of Monroe.

Toledo-News Bee, January 6, 1923 p. 7

Legion Offers its services as Patrol to Find Monroe Firebug

Insurance Dealers Rushed by Owners; Probers Arrive Daily

Monroe, Michigan. January 6, 1923

Oliver J. Golden, Commander of Carl F. Payson Post No 60 of the American Legion, here, has offered to James H. Gilmore of Monroe the services of the post with a view to apprehending the firebug who has been terrorizing this vicinity for more than a month. Members of the post are heartily in accord with the mayor in his effort to bring to punishment the parties guilty of the fire epidemic in Monroe.  Golden intimated that a patrol could be established about the city, if found feasible. The post numbers about 350 active members here.

Seek More Protection

Owing to the volume of business transacted on Thursday afternoon, the Exchange Club was unable to discuss any active campaign against the firebug.  0ny persons are asking for additional insurance according to a member of a local insurance company. The loss to this company from fires the last six months entailed approximately $50,000. From another company it was ascertained that it did a larger volume of business than before the fire epidemic struck Monroe.

Victims are Grouped

All of the ten buildings believed to have been set afire since December 3 are located along the River Raisin, within a block on either side of the stream. The river runs through the heart of the city.

There are about 30 insurance writers in this city. Thus far no clue has been secured. Nearly every day new officers visit the city, and after remaining for some time, depart quietly.


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