In Feb. 7 IssueRussell County News
Doctor James Monin set up his first office in Russell County July 15th of 1958, he was just going to stay a little while.
Another doctor was being drafted so he asked Monin to come to Jamestown.
"I was tired of school and he asked me to come down," Monin said. "So I thought why not."
To the day, it was 10 years later when he moved into the Monin Building.
His practice touched most of the people in the county, since in those days there was no hospital in the county.
"The ambulance would come and they'd get me out of bed," Monin said.
Many are the times he would treat someone in his driveway, Monin said.
"I would do things in my office that doctors won't do now in an emergency room," Monin said. "There were no orthopedic specialists or obstetricians. We would set-em and put a cast on-em. I had a delivery room set up in my office."
During that same time he was active in the community events and programs such as the Lions' Club, which he is still heavily involved with.
The Lions' Club involvement caused some confusion at one point.
"I announced my retirement on the radio during the April Fools' program," Monin said. "So some people thought it was another joke."
But he has retired from working as a doctor. He has not retired from public life. Monin is still involved in the yearly Lake Fest Celebration in Jamestown, as well as his beloved Lions, to name just two.
Recently he made a donation to the Library, just as he has donated to help meet numerous other needs in the county over the years.
A self-avowed classic car addict, Monin has compiled a sizable car collection. There is one question he says he gets often and never can answer.
"If someone asked you which one of your kids was your favorite you couldn't answer could you," Monin said with a laugh.
His most recent project is a 1967 Pontiac GTO.
"That one will take your hat off your head," he said with another laugh.
Ever smiling and jocular Monin said he'd been out cutting firewood before being told he was nominated as a Russell County Hero.
"People will look at that photo and wonder who that is," he said. "Haven't shaved, all dirty from cutting wood..."
Proving yet again it isn't clothes that make the man, and actions speak louder than words.