taken from History of Barry County w/Biographies (1912)
J. W. MUNTON
John W. Munton is a man who is well and favorably known in Barry County because of his absolute integrity of character and rectitude of life.He is an efficient and successful business man and is the father of a family of whom any citizen might well be proud. Mr. Munton is a native of England, being born in Lincolnshire in 1849.His parents came to the United States in 1853, locating in Marshall, this state. Young Munton grew to manhood in Marshall.He attended the public schools there and learned the carpenter’s trade, later having charge of a sash and door factory.In 1872 he located at Big Rapids in the same business and was united in marriage to Miss Alice L. McClure, daughter of David G. McClure of Marshall, in the fall of the same year. In the spring of 1873 the young couple moved to Greenville, where Mr. Munton had charge of a sash and door factory for Hall & Dodge.In 1876 he engaged in the building business for himself, continuing in this business intermittently until 1895, when business matters called him to Morgan, this county, where he engaged in the saw mill and elevator business.Here by square dealing and diligence he has built up a good, successful business. Mr. Munton is a member of the Baptist denomination, having united with the church of that denomination at Marshall.He was honored by the church at Marshall by being erected superintendent of the Sunday school, and the church at Greenville elected him to the same office.In the latter church he was also made a deacon. Mr. Munton is a member of the Masonic fraternity.He is actively connected with Hastings Lodge No. 52, F. and A. M., and is Past High Priest of Hastings Chapter No. 68, R. A. M.He is a member of Giblum Council No. 49, Hastings, and Charlotte Commandery No. 37.He is also Past Worthy Patron of the Hastings Chapter No. 7, Order of Eastern Star.He is a man who tries to set forth in his daily life the excellent precepts of these institutions, and his efforts in this direction have indeed borne splendid fruit. Mr. and Mrs. Munton have been the parents of six children, Clarence J., Charles H., Herbert I., Harry B., Alice, Beatrice, and Cecil G.Of these, all are living except Charles, who died in 1900, just as he was entering upon his promising young manhood. Of Charles H. Munton it is very fitting that there should be a memorial written here.In 1894 he received an appointment to West Point, ranking at that time forty-fifth in his class.He graduated in 1898, eleventh in his class, with the rank of second lieutenant, and became a member of the Twenty-third infantry. While with this command he was detailed to take charge of a transport from the Philippines he decided not to avail himself of the opportunity and returned to his command.Soon after his return he was transferred to the Twelfth Infantry with the rank of first lieutenant, and while with this regiment he contracted typhoid fever.He was taken to the hospital and on becoming convalescent was given sick leave to return home.On board transport he suffered a relapse and died at sea.Funeral services were held at Greenville and he was buried at Marshall with military honors.Special memorial services were held for him at West Point and many were the letters which poured in upon his parents from his superior and brother officers, who had known him at West Point and on the field, attesting to his courage and fine manly characteristics. The oldest son, Clarence J. Munton, is now a resident of Kendallville, Indiana, where he is superintendent of an interurban railway.Herbert I. lives in Pontiac and is assistant superintendent of the Pontiac Division of the Detroit United Railways.Harry B. is engaged in the railway mail service and lives in Grand Rapids.Miss Beatrice Munton recently married Raymond W. Knapp of Detroit.She is a graduate of the Hastings High School and of the State Normal School of Ypsilanti.Cecil G. Munton has just left home for Detroit, where he entered the passenger department of the Detroit United Railways. Mr. and Mrs. Munton certainly have the right to that feeling of satisfaction which must arise in the hearts of all parents whose children have acquitted themselves well and successfully in the world.