Biography of Benjamin A. Muncil
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Benjamin Arthur Muncil. - As president of B. A. Muncil & Son, Inc., of Paul Smiths, Mr. Muncil is widely known among the successful young business men of Franklin County, and is a veteran of the World War. He was born at Paul Smiths, May 20, 1897, the son of Benjamin Arthur and Mamie (Quain) Muncil.

Benjamin Arthur Muncil, deceased, was prominent throughout this section of New York as the founder of the lumber business which bears his name today. He was a native of this county, born at Vermontville, in August, 1867. He left school at the age of 12 years and worked in the lumber camps of the Adirondack region. Later he became a mountain guide. In 1893 Mr. Muncil became interested in building and owned a saw and lumber mill at Paul Smiths, which he successfully operated for 20 years. In 1913 he built a mill at Gabriels, although the greater part of the company's business operations have continued at Paul Smiths. They are wholesale and retail lumber dealers and general contractors. The business was incorporated in 1929 as B. A. Muncil & Son, Inc., with the following officers: B. A. Muncil, president; B. A. Muncil, Jr., vice president; and C. F. Meagher, secretary and treasurer. Upon the death of Mr. Muncil on Dec. 16, 1930, his son succeeded to the presidency. Mr. Mundil is buried in the cemetery of St. John in the Wilderness at Paul Smiths.

To Benjamin Arthur and Mamie (Quain) Muncil were born three children: Floyd Arthur, who died at the age of four years. 2. Leah Mary, born June 6, 1894, married Cornelius F. Meagher, who is secretary treasurer of B. A. Muncil & Son, Inc. A sketch of Mr. Meagher appears elsewhere in this history. 3. Benjamin Arthur, Jr., the subject of this sketch.

Benjamin Arthur Muncil was educated in the public schools of Paul Smiths and Saranac Lake and also attended Albany Business College. He enlisted for service in the World War in 1918 and served in France with Ambulance Corps No. 14. He returned to this country in June, 1919, and at that time was discharged. He immediately became identified with his father's business interests and as mentioned above became vice president at the date of incorporation in 1929, and president of the concern following his father's death.

Mr. Muncil was married on Jan. 6, 1924, to Miss Maud Hayes, the daughter of Denton Hayes, of Bloomingdale, N. Y. He was for many years a certified public accountant in New York City and is now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Muncil have been born three children: 1. Robert, born May 19, 1925. 2. Benjamin A., III, born June 24, 1927. 3. Elizabeth, born Nov. 20, 1929.

Like his father, Mr. Muncil is identified with the Republican party in politics. He has succeeded him as superintendent of highways at Brighton, an office which was held by the father for 15 years. The members of the family are identified with the Catholic Church, and Mr. Muncie is a member of the American Legion.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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