Albert L. Munsell, deceased, was long identified with mercantile interests at Hamilton and made for himself
a creditable name and place in business circles. He was born in Alexandria, Ohio, on the 12th of March, 1851, a
son of Edward and Cynthia (Devereaux) Mussel, both of whom were born in the east. The family arrived in Marion
county in 1858, settling at Hamilton. The father was a broom maker by trade and in early life followed that pursuit
but afterward turned his attention to merchandising, remaining in active business here until his death in 1878,
his grave being made in the Hamilton cemetery.
Albert L. Munsell was only about seven years of age when brought to Iowa by his parents and in the schools of Hamilton
he pursued his education. He afterward took up the profession of teaching, which he successfully followed in early
manhood. Later he went to the west but in 1875 returned to this county in order to engage in merchandising at Hamilton.
He established and successfully conducted his store, carrying a large and carefully selected line of goods and
continuing in the business until his demise. He was ever found reliable in his trade transactions and recognized
the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement.
On the 7th of March, 1877, Mr. Munsell was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Fairer, a daughter of Dr. M. J. and
Melissa (Walker) Faivre. To them were born four children, namely: Ella, who is the wife of J. B. Skelton; Edward
L.; Lowell and Julian L.
In his political views Mr. Munsell was a stalwart republican and kept well informed on the questions and issues
of the day. He served as notary public, as a member of the school board and was treasurer for thirty five years.
His aid and influence were always given on the side of progress, advancement and improvement, and he never acted
with hasty judgment concerning any public move. He was an Odd Fellow for thirty five years, loyal to the teachings
of the organization, and he was equally consistent as a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In a word, his
life was ever upright and honorable and won for him the high regard and unqualified confidence of those who knew
him, so that his memory is yet cherished by many who called him friend. It was on the 17th of August, 1912, that
he was called to his final rest.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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