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.