The business interests of Utica are most creditably represented by Alfred H. Munson, who for more than
forty years has been identified with the development of the city and has contributed his share toward its material
prosperity. He is a native of Brownville, Jefferson county, New York, born February 14, 1846, and is a son of Edmund
and Sarah (Gardinier) Munson, the latter of whom was born at Schenectady, New York. The father was born at Barkhamsted,
Litchfield county, Connecticut, May 2, 1805. He learned the milling business under his father and moved to Brownville,
New York, where he built one of the largest flouring mills that was known in New York state at the time. In 1847
he arrived with his family in Utica and became connected in business with Alfred Munson, an uncle, who had established
a mill and machinery business at Utica in 1825 and for many years was one of the leading citizens of the town.
Edmund Munson continued with his uncle as superintendent for some years and then became junior partner in the firm
of Hart & Munson. In 1869 the business was turned over to his three sons, Edmund L., Alfred H. and Countcil,
and was conducted under the title of Munson Brothers, engineers, founders, machinists and mill fur nishers. The
father died March 14, 1872. He possessed marked ability in his calling and secured several valuable patents for
devices in connection with mills and machinery.
Alfred H. Munson received his preliminary education in the public schools of Utica and was graduated at the Utica
Free Academy in July, 1864. He began his business career in the sale of Portland and native cement and later associated
with his brothers in the mill machinery business, with which he has ever since been connected. His two brothers
are now deceased, Edmund Lee having died in May, 1910. The business was incorporated in 1899 under the title of
Munson Brothers Company and is now in highly successful operation.
In October, 1874, Mr. Munson was married, at Troy, New York, to Miss Marie Antoinette Starbuck, a daughter of George
H. Starbuck. Three children came to bless this union: Walter Starbuck, who is now associated with his father in
business; Emmeline Watson; and Edna Lee, who married Herbert R. Smith, of New York city. Mr. Munson has been for
many years a member of Grace Episcopal church, in which he serves as vestryman. He is vice president of the Homestead
Aid Association and president of the Utica Curling Club, being also a member of the Fort Schuyler Club. He has
spent almost his entire life at Utica and no man is more sincerely pleased at the progress which has been made
in all departments of activity, especially along lines enabling the great body of the people to secure the comforts
and conveniences of life at a moderate cost. He takes a great interest in the promotion of the welfare of the city
and is known as a man who attempts to perform his whole duty to those with whom he is associated.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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