James Wells Munn
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:01:26
James Wells Munn, the eldest son of Andrew John Munn, was born October 27, 1862, near Belvidere, Illinois, and was therefore a little lad of five years when in 1867, he accompanied his parents to Boone, Iowa. Here at the usual age he became a pupil in the public schools an passed through consecutive grades until he reached the age of seventeen years, when he started out in the business world, beginning work in the freight department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company at Boone. When nineteen years of age he went to Council Bluffs and later to Omaha, Nebraska, where was employed on the Elkhorn branch of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. He spent several years there and in 1904 removed to Chicago, where he was appointed to a position in the office of the general passenger agent of the Chicago & Northwestern. He acted as chief clerk until 1912, when he was made assistant general passenger agent, which office was crated at that time. No higher testimonial of his capability and fidelity can be given than the fact that throughout his entire business life he was retained in the service of a single corporation.
In 1883 James Munn was untied in marriage to Miss Nettie Strong of Boone, who died in 1906. There were four children born of that union, two of whom, Maurice Andrew and James Wells Jr, survive. The former is an art student in Chicago, while the latter is attending high school. Two of the children died at the ages of five and three years respectively.
The death of Mr Munn occurred on March 13, 1914, and he was laid to rest at Omaha, Nebraska. In Masonry he attained high rank, becoming a Knight Templar, and he was also a member of the Eastern Star at Chicago. He likewise belonged to the Royal Arcanum of Omaha, and he always attended and supported the Methodist Episcopal church. In the death of her husband and son Mrs Andrew J Munn has suffered a great bereavement, for both were men of high principles and noble purposes, greatly esteemed by all who knew them and at al times worthy of the highest regard.
1914 Boone County History Book
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