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Boy Scouts in Monroe County / The Armory Opera House

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 14, 2021
1. Boy Scouts in Monroe County Marker
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Boy Scouts in Monroe County
The Boy Scout movement in Monroe County was founded on October 16, 1911, when the first scout troop was organized at the old Monroe Armory. Twenty-five boys joined that night. The first scoutmaster was Lt. Ed Stoner of the Michigan Light Guard, succeeded by Clifton Kolb, a local attorney. More troops organized almost immediately in the city and outlying communities, such as Carleton, Erie, and Temperance.
In 1929, Monroe county was one of ten areas in the Midwest chosen to field-test a new Cub Scout program. During World War II, county scouts collected more than 600 tons of scrap rubber, metal and paper for the war effort. By the end of the century, more than 50,000 boys had been Scouts.

The Armory Opera House
In 1888 a wood structure stood here as an opera house and skating rink. The Armory Association formed in 1889 and bought the site. Begun in 1894, this red brick Richardsonian Romanesque building seating 650 persons cost $25,000 by it's dedication on July 4, 1895.
The Armory had a drill hall used by local Michigan State Troops. It also
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 14, 2021
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had a public hall rented for lectures, balls, banquets, concerts and other gatherings. In 1917 it was sold to the Masonic Temple Association and continued to fill the social needs of Monroe until it's destruction in a spectacular blaze in 1929.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is October 16, 1911.
 
Location. 41° 54.846′ N, 83° 23.871′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and East 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north on Washington Street. Located in front of Monroe Outreach Assembly of God Church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 214 Washington St, Monroe MI 48161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph Loranger 1817 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away); University of Michigan 1838 (about 400 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Doctor Eduard Dorsch (about 400 feet away); Monroe County Since 1817 (about 400 feet away); Old Whipping Post (about 500 feet away); Historical Museum (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 14, 2021
3. Boy Scouts in Monroe County / The Armory Opera House Marker
Looking toward Loranger Square
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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