Alonzo Munger and the early years in Newark
Published in the Kendall County Record, Mar 19, 1913
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
In the early years a man from Morris came to Newark and started a store. Alonzo Munger came with him to work in the store. The store soon closed and Mr. Munger found employment as a clerk in the general dry goods and grocery store of Nathaniel P. Barnard. He continued in this capacity for some time. In two or three years after his arrival in Newark he married a daughter of William Luytchen, later Lutyen, who was then one of the most prominent and influential citizens of the place. Mr. Lutyen was the proprietor of a hotel and livery stable and a very active promoter of the railroad then in the course of construction through Newark. The railroad was abandoned when the Civil War broke out. Mr. Mungers's first wife died in 1878 and left him three daughters. They are still living and are married. Two live in Pontiac and one lives in Chicago.
Lon Munger was in Newark during the very memorable and exciting political campaign of 1856 when the Republican battle cry was "Fremont and Freedom!" It was know that Lon was a Democrat but he was not an offensive partisan and never talked politics. In those days the Democrats used the term "Black Republican" as a denunciatory epithet, Munger never denounced anyone. He was suave and politic in demeanor. He never lost his temper and never made an enemy. For a long series of years he was Town Clerk of Big Grove. He is, perhaps, the only Democrat who ever held an office in this Republican stronghold. For a number of years he was postmaster at Newark under Republican administrations. He was a man of good business qualifications and of great versatility. He could easily adapt himself to any new line of work. He became a druggist and in connection with his brother conducted a drug store in Newark for many years. About 30 years ago he left Newark and went to Princeton, Illinois to conduct a hotel. From Princeton he went to Pontiac and continued in the hotel business. Here he married his second wife. From Pontiac he went to Iowa City, Iowa where he has lived during recent years. On Sunday March 9, 1913, he died at Iowa City, at the age of 77 years and nearly six months. He had seven brothers, only one of whom is still living. His body was brought to Millington for Burial.
Rev. Mr. Bennett, formerly of Newark conducted in the cemetery chapel and at the grave brief services. There were present his widow and two sons of Iowa, his three daughters of Illinois, other relatives and many old friends. Here, after a long and busy life, Alonzo Munger was lowered to his final resting-place on March 12, 1913, by the side of his first wife. She was buried March 13, 1878, just 35 years ago. Signed: Andrew Brown