A Monroe resident was born in this Cabin when it was located on Butler/ Warren
Road. In the early 1890’s. George W. Atchley, his wife Ella Hill and children Luella
May, Mabelle Hill, Samuel Monroe and Homer Raymond, witnessed the birth of
Elmer attended school in Monroe and served as a Seaman 2 nd Class in the U.S.
Navy from 1917-1918 during World War I on the USS Rhode Island. In 1923, he
married Ruth Thompson and had two children, August Lee and Miriam. Elmer
passed away October 1976 and is buried in the Miami Valley Memory Gardens in
Springboro along with his wife. Elmer’s parents are buried in the North Cemetery
So how did this cabin find its way to Community Park? In 1967, a demolition crew
was tearing down a house on the Robert Stewart Farm located on Butler-Warren
Road near the Cincinnati Premium Outlet Mall and discovered part of the house
covered this log cabin.
The demolition company donated the cabin to the Monroe Lions Club, who
owned the Community Park land at the time. Each log was carefully removed,
numbered and moved to this location. This effort led to the beginning of the
Monroe Historical Society. It was opened to the public on October 10, 1971.