Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Charles Monroe]
Charles Monroe — Hill Town Mail Clerk, Philosopher
NAME OF WORKER Wade Van Dore
ADDRESS New Marlborough
DATE OF INTERVIEW February 15, 1939
SUBJECT Living Lore
NAME OF INFORMANT Charles Monroe
Mr. Monroe, a married man of about fifty years, looks very much like a perennially amused college professor. There is always a twinkle in his blue, intelligent eyes as if he knew a very fine joke about the world which no one else is likely to suspect. He wears a dark Van Dyke beard; he is tall and slender; his clothes; though always clean, are apt to be worn rather carelessly, but this extraneous characteristic fits very well with the calm inner light that shines from his personality.
Still living near the spot where he was born, in a small hill village with a population of about 500 people, he is now looked upon as one of the town's leading citizens, though he is not a person of wealth or education. His fine character and his practical sense have made him respected by everyone who knows him — rich mens poor men, and at least one thief who was caught robbing his house while he was away performing his duties as a government clerk on a mail train. Mr. Monroe belongs to that group of Yankees who cherish the traditions of the past yet accept with good grace and tolerance the innovations of the present. Most of his wisdom has been gained by watching sympathetically the actions of his fellow men and the phenomena of nature, though he also reads good books and listens to good radio programs. He is not a church member, nor a member of any ritualistic organizations and it is doubtful if he could be a “booster” for any cause.