THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  LORING MUNROE, whose interesting sketch we are about to give, was born in Ashburnham, Worcester County, Mass. His grandfather, Lieutenant Ebenezer M. Munroe, was from Lexington, Mass., and was a prominent actor during early struggles of the New England colonies. He was a strong patriot, and was engaged in the very first battle,--that of Lexington. It is said that he fired the first gun on the American side. The firing had commenced, and it was supposed that the British were using only powder, not bullets; but, when Ebenezer felt a stinging wound in his arm, he quickly arrived at the conclusion that it was child's play no longer, and responded to the civilities of the enemy with sound, hard lead. He served through the whole of the Revolution, and died May 25, 1825.
   The father of our subject was Charles Munroe, born September 12, 1781. He was married June 9, 1808, to Lydia Conn. The patriot element was also strongly developed in him, as he was a soldier, too, being a member of the Ashburnham Light Infantry in the War of 1812. He was a chair manufacturer, and died October 26, 1834. They had eight children, namely: Lydia, born August 8, 1809, married January 21, 1832, to Sylvester Winship, and died March 21, 1835; John, born December 24, 1812, is deceased; Mary F., born May 3, 1814, married John Winship, September 15, 1833; Charles, born November 19, 1817, died in 1882; Lucy, born March 5, 1820, married July 1, 1840, to Sylvester Winship, who died July 11, 1883; Ivers, born May 30, 1823, is practising law in Oneida, and was married first to Miss Lucia Gould, second to Miss Mary J. Thomas, and third to Maria J. Chapin, daughter of Samuel Chapin, whose biography appears elsewhere in this work; Loring, our subject, born June 12, 1826, married Miss Jane Cowarden, a native of Baltimore, Md., June 17, 1849; Harriet A., born July 20, 1829, was married to Timothy A. Tenney, September 19, 1853. He died April 17, 1868.
   John Conn, the maternal grandfather of our subject, was of a very prominent old New England family, who were a hardy, long line of pioneers. They did their full share toward the development of good government and society, being people of strength and position, and experience their full share of the struggles and privations incidental to those years of the war for independence. Lydia (Conn) Munroe, the mother of our subject, was born December 26, 1789, and died March 9, 1837, at Ashburnham, Mass.
   Without going into further detail, it is easily discernible that Loring Munroe, of whom we write, has every reason to proudly boast of his ancestry. If he was left poor in this world's goods, he had good blood, which will always tell. There is no truer saying than the French expression, Nobless oblige; and Mr. Munroe has illustrated it during his whole life. His parents died while he was yet a boy, so that he was early deprived of their counsel and sympathy; but from a lad his habits were good, and he had a commendable ambition to rise in the world. He was left without money, and had to make his way as best he could, securing a place on a farm, where he worked for three years, managing meanwhile to take every opportunity to attend school, and finally finished at the academy at Ashby, Mass., where he received a plain, practical course of study. However, his real business education has been mostly obtained by actual experience and observation. Learning readily and remembering well, he treasured up much knowledge which was of wonderful use to him in later life. He taught school for a time, thus securing a little money, and then went to Cleveland, Oswego County, New York, being at that time twenty years of age, and became interested in the manufacture of glass, subsequently owning an interest in the factory of the American Glass Company at Bernhard's Bay, N.Y. In 1861 he purchased the Dunbarton glass plant at Verona, N.Y., which he managed successfully for sixteen years, meanwhile becoming interested in organizing a bank at Oneida, Madison County, N.Y. The first was Barnes, Stark & Munroe, and was a private bank, which paid well; but our subject withdrew from the firm about five years after its organization.
   It was about this time that Mr. Munroe, while then living in Oneida County, was elected a Trustee of the Oneida Savings Bank. He held that office for several years, when he resigned. He moved to Oneida in 1877, and has since resided here, being identified with the interests of the town, an influential man, successful in all of his undertakings, and has accumulated a considerable fortune. He owns valuable property in growing locations in the village, and has always been broadminded and liberal, contributing largely and aiding in every way in the building of churches, good schools, and, in fact, everything which has a tendency to advance the best interests of the community. He built and owns the building now occupied by the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, of which institution he is the President, and is also the owner of the Munroe Opera House. Mr. Munroe, while being politically a stanch Republican, has never sought office or any preferment, but has represented the town of Lenox as Supervisor, and has been a member of the Village Board of Trustees. He was one of the original stockholders of the First National Bank of Oneida; and, being possessed of excellent judgment, his opinion and advice have been of great value in business circles of the town.
   There were six children born to the marriage of Mr. Loring Munroe and his wife,--three girls, Jane, Marietta, and Ella, who are dead, and three boys: George Loring, a farmer in the town of Verona, Oneida County, married Miss Clara Hess, and has five children, Jennie, Daisy, Ella May, Cora, and Pearl; Charles I., living in Oneida, married Miss Barbary Miller, and has two children, Loring and Frederick; Anthony B., living in Oneida, married Miss Louise Walrath, and has two children, Marjorie and Stewart. Anthony B. Munroe is now a director in the Farmers' and Merchants' State Bank. Mr. Munroe at present is not actively engaged in any particular business, having the various duties in connection with his large property and investments to occupy his time. He is a self-made man,--one who started without a dollar,--and a striking example to this generation of what industry, pluck, and perseverance, together with good habits, can accomplish.
   It is a pleasure to the publishers to print in connection with this memoir a steel portrait of this gentleman, whose public labors in Oneida will long be remembered after he has bidden farewell to all that is earthly.

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