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    marriage licenses and death certificates

    by yooperprof Written Jan 22, 2005

    Designed by Edward Fallis, a Toledo architect, and built in 1880-81, with a pleasant corner town in the "French Empire" style.

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    sunday school meets here

    by yooperprof Written Jan 22, 2005

    "This Church, the first Presbyterian Church is this area and the first Presbyterian Church in Michigan, was organized January 13, 1820. "Minuteman" George Alford, of the Revolutionary War, was one of the charter members.

    The Rev. John Monteith, who later became the first president of the University of Michigan, conducted services here July 2, 1815 in the old log courthouse. In it, the Presbyterians organized this church. Its Sunday School, the first in the Great Northwest Territory, was attended by persons of many faiths. They later helped organize the Monroe County Bible Society.

    Rev. Monteith dedicated the present building February 15, 1846, Col. Oliver Johnson having donated the site.

    It was here that Gen. George Armstron Custer married Elizabeth Bacon."

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    corporal punishment

    by yooperprof Written Jan 22, 2005

    "Public whipping for minor crime was a custom brought from New England by Monroe's earliest American settlers. Not general in the midwest, the punishment was administered here chiefly to ne'er-do-wells whom the citizens wished to be rid of.

    Peter P. Ferry, a former soldier of Napoleon's army, served as local justice of the peace. He sentenced many an offender to be lashed in public until the custom was abolished around 1835.

    The first frame courthouse was built across the street from here in 1817 when Monroe became the county seat. The whipping post was erected in front of it.

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    Slip

    by Travler409 Written Aug 17, 2004

    Just off the I-75 exit is Michigan's Vietnam War Memorial. One of the vets working on the new enclosed display museum told us Michigan was the first state to create such a memorial. On display are a couple of 'slip' helicopters- so called because they could slip in and out of an area. The vets here take great pride in thier history. Take a moment to listen to them as they share.

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