The first West End Fair

The first West End Fair was held 88 years ago on a beautiful day, Thursday, September 2, 1920 at Weir Lake in Chestnuthill Township. The idea to hold a special day to celebrate the farmers and their goods belonged to Frank Koehler. Mr. Koehler, who was the father of school superintendent Dr. LeRoy Koehler, believed the hard-working people in the western portion of Monroe County deserved a day to celebrate and promote their agricultural products. Read More...

Gilbert Polytechnic School in Polk Township

From the many one-room school houses active during the earlier years of Monroe County to the colleges and universities of today, the citizens of Monroe County have always had a high regard for education. One such continuing-education school that was important during the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries was the Gilbert Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1886 by Reverend Frank W. Smith. Read More...