Bygones of Monroe:
AGRICULTURAL FAIR GROUNDS
The action of the agricultural society at the winter meeting last Monday is reference to the purchase of fair grounds is in our opinion commendable.
It will be remembered that about a year ago the officers of the society purchased a tract of ground about 12 acres, a short distance beyond the city limits, on the Toledo road. This tract besides being too small for fair grounds, has a swale or low place in the middle which would require to be underdrained and it could not be fitted up and made passable respectable for fair grounds, except at considerable expense, and when fitted up would not be what the society needs for permanent grounds.
A resolution adopted at the recent meeting gives the officers power to sell or dispose of the above purchase and to purchase of Messrs. Toll and Lafountain, a tract of bout 18 acres on the north side of the river, within the city limits, between Elm avenue and the river. This land lays well for the purposes is more accessible that the other; is vastly more valuable on account of its river frontage and the facilities of water which that gives, and along the river bank there are numerous large shade trees which adds to its beauty and value for this purpose. It is high and dry, never overflows, and is just about the right size and shape for permanent grounds.
(Monroe Commercial, February 3, 1876; p.1, c.2)