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Monroe Hotel

Monroe hotel so much history you had,

many people stepped of the Rock Island Line,

and paid you a visit for over 80 years.

My uncle Jim had his barber shop there for

many years.  I had my first job on your porch

shining shoes.  Your lobby brought much

attention with the Silver Dollars in the

Marble floor that no one failed to look at

while there.  In 1952 when old Ike came

you were just a stone throw away while

he made his speech from the back of the

train, while my school and half the town

listened to, come November he was

elected our President.

Many times my dog shep and I passed you

on our way to the Strand to see a movie

or up to Rexall Drug, you were a landmark

in Grinnell for a long time.  In 1970

Rock Island stopped its passenger service,

this met little business for you, soon

after closing they tore you down,

sad, but have some great memories of you.

Written 8-8-11

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