Andrew John Munn
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:03:22
About the year 1867 Andrew John Munn became a resident of Boone, where he continued to make his home until called to his final rest on January 20, 1900. He was a native of Oneida county, New York, born in the village of Whitesboro, February 25, 1840, his parents being James and Abigail (Patterson) Munn, who were married in that county. The father was of English lineage, while the mother came form Irish parentage. In their family were three children, all of whom are now deceased.
Andrew John Munn, who was the eldest, was reared at the place of his nativity and attended its public schools. When a young man he resolved to try his fortune in the middle west. Thinking of find better business opportunities in the Mississippi valley, he made his way to Boone county, Illinois, in company with his parents ad two brothers. They were farming people and the father carried on general agricultural pursuits there until his death, which occurred May 16, 1862, when he was forty-four years of age. The mother afterward journeyed farther west and after spending a number of years in Boone passed away at the hoe of her son Andrew on December 17, 1888, when she was seventy years of age. The brothers of Andrew J Munn were Wesley J and Aaron W. The latter was a railroad man, connected with the Chicago & Northwestern for many years, and he passed away in Boone, August 18, 1913, Wesley J Munn was born at Waterloo, New York in 1846, and while acting as conductor on a train which was wrecked, he met his death at Crescent, Iowa, September 1, 1883.
Andrew J Munn spent his boyhood and youth in the Empire state and there on September 18, 1861, was married to Miss Sarah Carr, who was born in Oneida county, New York, December 5, 1844. Her parents were Ralph and Mary (Lawrence) Carr, the former a native of England and the latter of the state of New York, where they were married. The mother died there when a comparatively young woman and the father passed away in Creston, Iowa at the age of seventy-five years. He had married again. For along period he was in the employ of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. His people were of the Episcopalian faith, while his wife’s people were of the Baptist faith. Mrs Munn was one of six children, of whom two sisters are living. Mrs Fannie Able, of Boone and Mrs James Walbran, of Osceola county, Iowa. The others of the family have passed away. Mr and Mrs Munn became the parents of four children: James W, Mary, the wife of J H Richenberg, of Boone, Fanny at home ad Arthur a member of the firm of J H Richenberg & Company.
After removing to Boone Mr Munn acted as check clerk in the freight house of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company for many years and was regarded as a most reliable business man, always true and loyal to the interests which he represented. He served as alderman of Boone and was always interested in projects of the benefit of the public. He became one of the charter members of the Modern Woodmen camp at Boone and was most loyal to the teachings of that organization. May sterling traits of character gained him warm friendship and high regard and wherever known he enjoyed the respect and goodwill of those with whom he was brought in contact.
1914 Boone County History Book
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