September Meeting of the Monticello Area Historical Society


September 19, 2019

The Monticello Area Historical Society (MAHS) will meet at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2019, in the Zwingli UCC Lounge, 416 E. Lake Ave., Monticello.

Following a short meeting, Tom Mitchell will present a program on three true crime books he has written. Tom is a native of Monroe who lived away for 30 years before returning to his home town in 2007, and began researching and writing about true crime events. His books include:

1919 Triple Homicide - a true crime story of a day in May 1919, when a farmhand killed his boss, the Green County Sheriff and a war veteran on a farm near the Illinois Central railroad between Monroe and Monticello.

Vengeance in the Afternoon - the first murder in the history of Monroe took place in a hotel off the courthouse square in 1869, when an unmarried mother shot dead the man who fathered her child but wouldn’t marry her.

A Murder in Monroe - a shocking shotgun shooting of a local cattle dealer in 1942 was an unsolved crime for three weeks until a private detective got a confession.

This is a free presentation and will start about 7:15 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. Come join us, the public is welcome to attend both activities.

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