History and images have been compiled from various sources including, among others, the 1987 National Register of Historic Places, Stack & Beasley's 1902 Sketches of Monroe and Union County, Union County Public Library (Patricia Poland, Genealogy & Local History Librarian), the Heritage Room Photo Collection, North Carolina Map Collection, Rootsweb - An Ancestry.com Community and Ancestry.com family histories.

1922-23 City Directory

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Preface: A Few Facts about Monroe

Situated near the exact geographic center of the Carolinas—mid-way between the mountains and the sea, Monroe enjoys unique advantages as regards location. The Seaboard Air Line Railway gives direct connection with the ports of Wilmington and Norfolk and the main line from Richmond-Portmouth to Atlanta-Birmingham affords communication with these important points.

The climate is mild and temperate. It is unnecessary to go North in the summer or South in the winter to escapes extremes in temperatures, while the average rainfall of fifty inches is evenly distributed throughout the year. Geographic location, climate, and sanitary regulation combine to give Monroe an excellent health record.

Monroe claims more miles of paved streets than any city of equal size in either of the Carolinas and her municipal light and water systems give excellent service. The schools of the City have reached a point of efficiency equaled by few in the South, and the new High School building recently completed at a cost of over $100,000 is modern in every detail. The churches include Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal and Lutheran, each of which has a thriving Sunday school and young people’s societies. The Ellen Fitzgerald Memorial Hospital built last year is as completely equipped as any institution of its kind in the State. The Hotel Joffre, a new five-story structure of white pressed brick, affords ample accommodations for the traveling public.

The merchants of Monroe draw business from a rich and fertile back country, easily reached by excellent roads radiating in all directions from the City. Cotton is the principal money crop, and “Monroe cotton” is known throughout the textile world for its fine texture and strength of staple. Corn, potatoes, small grain and forage crops, fruits and vegetables, live stock and poultry are also extensively grown—the bulk of this produce is being handled by the local market.

This directory shows the population of Monroe and its suburbs to be 7,725.

We invite you to investigate the advantages of Monroe before deciding upon your future home. For further information address The Chamber of Commerce, Monroe, North Carolina.

Mayor, J.C.M. Vann; Tax Collector, Jas. McNeely; Police Chief, J.W. Spoon; Fire Chief, G.B. Caldwell; Postmaster, Edwin C. Winchester

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