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Monroe, New York, USA - Idle Hour Boat Landing, Monroe, N.Y.

In 1917 Emil Frey, inventor of Liederkranz cheese, perfected the process for Velveeta cheese at a factory on Mill Pond Parkway in Monroe.

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  • 1854 - Monroe
    Monroe, a flourishing post-village of Orange co., New York, on the New York and Erie railroad. 59 miles from New York city. Settled in 1742. Pop., estimated at 900.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1895 - Monroe
    Monroe, a post-village of Orange co., N.Y., in Monroe township, on the Erie Railroad, 50 miles N.N.W. of New York City, and 10 miles S.E. of Goshen. It has 3 churches and a flour-mill. Pop. about 600. The township comprises part of the Highlands of the Hudson, and several lakes. It contains villages named Turner's and Greenwood Iron Works, and has a pop. of 4957.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • News  1895 - NEW BUILDING BURNS.
    Monroe was again the scene of a disastrous fire, Sunday morning, the new building just erected by MR. GEORGE REED, having been totally destroyed. A despatch came to Goshen at 2 o'clock, yesterday morning, asking that the fire department come to the rescue. The alarm was immediately sounded and the boys gathered at the depot with their apparatus. When nearly ready to start, another despatch announced that their services were not needed, as the building was about consumed.
    Middletown Daily Argus
    Middletown, New York
    March 18, 1895
  • 1906
    Monroe, a post-village of Orange co., N.Y., in Monroe township (town), on the Erie R., 10 miles SE. of Goshen. Pop. in 1900, 796. The town comprises part of the High lands of the Hudson and several lakes. Pop. in 1900, 1784.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1908 - Monroe
    The territory comprising the present town of Monroe is part of the Cheesecock Patent granted by Queen Anne, March 25, 1707. The Cheesecock tract was surveyed by Charles Clinton, father of George and James Clinton, and grandfather of Dewitt Clinton. His field book, the original of which is in the. possession of Hon. MacGrane Cox, of Southfield, N. Y. (Mr. Fred J. Knight, Civil Engineer, of Monroe, N. Y., having a copy), contains much information and many interesting incidents of the early history of this section.

    The town was set off from the precinct of Goshen in 1764 and named Cheesecock. This name continued until 1801, when it was changed to Southfield. On April 6th, 1808, it took the present name Monroe, in honor of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.

    In 1863, the town (like ancient Gaul), was divided into three parts by the erection of the three towns of Monroe, Highland and Southfield, which division was the same as the present towns of Monroe, Woodbury... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Monroe, New York, USA

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male ancestorThomas GAHAGAN (1785, Brooklyn, New York, USA (Flatlands) (Flatbush) (Coney Island) - 22 November 1861, Monroe, New York, USA)
male ancestorJames TITUS (1804, Monroe, New York, USA - 8 August 1873, Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA)
photo of Harriet BRONSONHarriet BRONSON (1804, Monroe, New York, USA - 1877, Villenova, Chautauqua, New York, USA)
female ancestorMargaret CAMPBELL (2 November 1830, Monroe, New York, USA - 14 February 1884, Cornwall, Orange, New York, USA)
female ancestorMartha E MOSHER (18 October 1832, Monroe, New York, USA - 7 May 1864, , Illinois, USA)
male ancestorEdgar W MOSHER (13 May 1834, Monroe, New York, USA - 26 March 1903, McLouth, Kansas, USA)
male ancestorThomas DWYER (1846, , New York, USA - 7 September 1869, Monroe, New York, USA)
male ancestorGeorge J SMITH (1901, , New York, USA - 20 November 1951, Monroe, New York, USA)
female ancestorElizabeth GORDON (22 April 1903, Monroe, New York, USA - January 1983, Monroe, New York, USA)

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male ancestorFrederick Stephen CASEY (10 December 1880 - 10 April 1940) and female ancestorSusan MORRISON (August 1888 - 17 July 1926) married 22 January 1910
male ancestorPeter Andrew TACY (25 December 1894 - 10 June 1944) and female ancestorJulia R HART (1899 - ) married 5 July 1917
male ancestorGeorge J SMITH (1901 - 20 November 1951) and female ancestorElizabeth GORDON (22 April 1903 - January 1983) married 25 December 1920
male ancestorMaurice George LAPIDES (20 October 1900 - 8 December 1957) and female ancestorSarah GORDON (1899 - 23 February 1987) married 19 June 1921
male ancestorEdward Joseph CRANE (21 April 1884 - 6 February 1967) and female ancestorEthel Mae STANTON (29 March 1894 - 31 March 1963) married 26 August 1924
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