by William Urban

    John C. Hoyle is the mystery man among early Monmouth mayors. He is not in the census of 1840 or 1850, or in the early lists of voters or jury members, and there is only one possible reference to him in the index to the Grantee list of landholders in the Recorder's office: W & J. C. Houle.

    The History of Warren County (1903), 744, notes that in 1839 the city hired Joshua Boyle to dig two wells for $60. Each was eighteen feet deep and three wide, were lined with stone and equipped with one bucket; they were on the northwest and northeast corners of the city square.