Gene Williams
Mrs. Belle Kitchen wrote a historical poem dated December 30, 1924, that puts the history of the Monroe Presbyterian families into a perspective that I cannot resist sharing with you. It was included in the “1967 Sesquicentennial Celebration of Monroe” book.

Just north of Monroe, in the long, long ago, Far more than a century, An “associate”

band met to worship and made a church and a cemetery. In eighteen and two, the logs

they did hew and put them together so well, that, how long it stood’ mid the forest wood

perhaps no one today could tell. They had joy, they had grief, but with firm relief the

Reverend Risk led the way. And many a name of those who came you may read on the

slab today. As the years went by, they determined to try since hardships less fierce were

to face, so they worked with a will, and on that little hill erected a frame edifice. The

roads were of mud, and the people could not travel as folks do now. But, still they all

went, and with good intent. Now listen, I’ll tell you how. Then, each wagon bed had up

overhead some bows that were covered with white. Some of them had springs, and the

wheels and things were made so they’d pull rather light. For many must go in each

wagon you know and they’d stay the whole day long, with a serman a.m. and another

p.m.., for they brought their dinner along. But the people outgrew this frame structure too.

And they built them one of brick. How they must have saved and discouragement

braved for to build a new church is no trick. As the years rolled by, there was heard the

cry, “Let us build our fourth church in Monroe.” And the men of yore built in 1854 the

church which we now all go. We’re all well aware, how this church did share in the

union of 1858 and came to be called United Presbyterian instead of “Associate.”

The pastors who came, are few to name. We have “Risk” and “Mr. McGaw”. The latter

was here for seventeen years and expounded the Holy Law. Then “Graham” we hear,

and “Berry “ one year. After that, “Reverend Robertson,” who ministered here about ten

years and in that time married one of the girls of Monroe “Miss Munfort” as we know

.And then “Mr. Frazier” came. “Rev Ashton came next and was sometimes perplexed.

And now there is just one more name. That of him who is here, whom we all hold dear,

“Rev. S.A. Livingston.,” who for thirty-five years, has shared joys and tears with the

people of this church and others too. We saw a strange face come into this place say

about nineteen hundred and nine. To direct our youth in the way of truth and all else in a

teachers line. J. Lawry Miller and then Mr. Miller became a “driller” of the U.P. Bible

Class. When it was found that he’d been around. At jos “past” as the years would pass.

In nineteen sixteen, but the record “tis seen this class chose to organize and now as you

know, you have watched it grow “Til it is three times its former size. If you’re not too

tired, and it is desired I will call for you the roll. Not each name, if you please, but in

families It takes in the class as a whole. A is for “Apple” the first on our list and

“Augspurger” too, now let no one be missed. B is for “Baker” and “Becker” and

“Bunnell” and “Boyd” who are all good people and well employed. C is for “Compton”

and “Conover” too. When a question is asked, they will give you their view. D is for

“Dennisan, sometimes we have-two when our vice-superintendant has nothing to do.

G is for “Green” the whole year around. H is for “Harkrader” of the old “stomping

ground”. I is for “Iutzi”, a man and his wife who imparts to our class quite a bit of life.

K is for “Kramer’s” who brings us good cheer and also for “Kitchen” to each housewife

dear. L is for “L:ackens” and also for “Line” and there is nothing undone, you to them

assign. M stands for “Mulford”, McClellan”, “Matson” “McCoy” & “Mehl the presence

of these we expect and enjoy. And “Miller’s” our teacher. R is for “Routson”, “Reed”,

“Rutlege”, and “Rahm”. There was scarcely a time but that some of them came. S is for

“Schubert”, “Sigg”, “Stewart”, and “Schrock” who are firm for our class as a “house on a

rock” V is for “Valentine” and “Vorhis” whom we are all glad to see. W is for “Wilson”

whose smile was good to see. Z is for “Zecher”, one, two, three. And now as I’m

bringing this rhyme to an end I would ask Heaven’s Blessing on us to descend. That as

pastor and teacher and pupils we all may be of some use in this, our great community.

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