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BLAST FROM MONROE'S PAST
September 23, 2008




Camp-Riley drug and sundry store. Photo courtesy Monroe Historical Society #1271.
MONROE, WA) -- A blast from Monroe’s past is revealed in this archival early 1900’s interior photo of the Camp-Riley drug & sundry store. The soda fountain (at left front of picture) was closed down in winter. William Guy Riley, one of the owners, is seen at right with a Mr. Charles Low behind him. Camp-Riley sent Low to a university in Oregon to study pharmacy, but instead he took mining engineering xcourses and eventually became President of the Tacoma Smelter. The drug store was located at 108 East Main Street and also sold phonographs and cigars (at right).

The Monroe Historical Society offers broad public access to parts of its collections as a contribution to education and scholarship. The society is a valuable resource for students, scholars, historians and other citizens in the community.

The Monroe Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1976. The group opened its museum in 1982 in Monroe's original two-story City Hall building at 207 East Main Street where it is still located on the ground floor.

As well as a wide-ranging collection of local historical artifacts, the Society maintains a variety of local history resources such as an extensive collection of historical photographs, a large collection of oral history tapes, as well as files and documents on Monroe area history and families. These are available, with some restrictions, to society members and to the public at the Monroe Historical Society Museum located at 207 East Main Street, Monroe, WA.

Open Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. New members are always welcome and cash donations are always appreciated and are tax-exempt. The society also welcomes donations of artifacts, photographs, documents, and information on Monroe-area history.

To Join the Monroe Historical Society:

Send your name, address and phone number along with a check for annual membership dues to the mailing address below. Cost is:
$15 Individual Membership, $20 Family Membership, $10 Student or Senior Membership, $50 Business or Organization Membership or $150 for an individual life membership.

The Mailing Address: is

Monroe Historical Society
P.O. Box 1044
Monroe, Washington 98272





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