Monroe Township Harvest Homecoming was hosted by Monroe Historical Society

December 4th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The sixth annual Harvest Homecoming, hosted by the Monroe Township Historic Society, was held Thurs. Nov. 12 at the Grant Career Center.

“Just as our early settlers celebrated after a bountiful harvest each fall, our historic society hopes to continue this tradition,” Libbie Bennett, board chair said.

Emcee Tom Wildey opened the program by asking all veterans to stand and be recognized.  Among these vets were three from WWII: John Slye, Joe Goffman, and Joe Whitt, all long-time residents of Monroe Township.

Board treasurer Linda McKinley led the singing of patriotic music dedicated to these vets.

Special guest speaker, Greg Roberts, spoke of the many cemetaries in the township, using the Edith Sipple Centennial Book, which is being reprinted by the Society.

Each year the Society honors a family who is descended from Monroe's first settlers. "This year we recognize Gary Nichols, who is a direct descendent of the family for which Nicholsville was named," Roberts said. "And John Slye, whose family tree includes the famous cowboy, Roy Rogers. His real name was indeed Leonard Slye and as a child he visited relatives in Nicholsville when his family lived in Cincinnati."

George Rooks spoke of the Grange and its long history in Nicholsville as it still meets there in a historic building. Pastor Gus Lavin represented Spring Grove Church, built in l859.

Some items of its long history were on display.

"We'd like to express appreciation for those who donated dinners for some of our vets," Wildey said "And these are: Kathy Coulson, Branch Mgr of Park Bank David Kunz, Township Trustee, Cathy Kirschner of Trendy Turnarounds, Rivertown IGA, River Hills Bank."

After the chicken dinner and special program, names of guests were drawn for door prizes.
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