MONROE, CT — Town history buffs, and longtime residents who’ve heard stories over the years, can test their knowledge with today’s quiz. For others it’s a fun way to learn interesting facts about Monroe’s past.
Monroe Through Time
I was born and raised in Monroe, moved to Easton in 1950 then to Florida
in 1974 then returned to Monroe in 2015. My parents owned and operated
the Monroe Airport. Ben Hurd constructed the airport out of the Monroe Race Tract and opened the airport in 1941 but closed for two years during WW II
when we moved and operated an airport in Wingdale, NY. The United States
government closed all private airports within 50 miles of the coast
U S Government closed all private airports within 50 miles of the coast in
World War II. There were Uboats from the Nazi enemy who were operating
off the Atlantic coast including Long Island Sound. Bridgeport had many
factories producing all kinds of war materials. The factories had small
balloons tendered to their companies to protect them from foreign aircraft.
Thanks for sharing the back story Lois! I grew up in town, but had only heard about the airport.