Josiah Munroe (1842 – 1904)

”Josiah Munroe, son of John H. and Susan (Ware) Munroe, was born Aug. 11, 1842, in Warren, R. I. He came to Fall River, Mass., in his youth, and ever afterward made this city his home. Learning the tailor’s trade with his father, he followed that as an occupation and business throughout life, and with that success that made him comfortable.

He was for many years located in business on North Main street, nearly opposite the ‘Wilbur House,’ later removing to Bedford street, near Rock. He understood his trade thoroughly, was a good workman, and as a man and citizen was respected and esteemed. Mr. Munroe was a charter member of Fall River Lodge, I. 0. 0. F. In 1862 Mr. Munroe married Helen J. Robertson, of Fall River, who survives him. She is a daughter of William S. and Harriet (Palmer) Robertson, the former from Renfrew, Scotland, the latter of Westport Harbor.

To Mr. and Mrs. Munroe were born the following children: William R., now of Florence, Kans., who married Adina Belle Reid and (second) Elizabeth Playford (he has no children); Josiah Frank, of Fall River; Harriet C, wife of George R. Mason, of Fall River (they have one child, William); Charlotte B., of Fall River; and Mary A. T., who graduated from the Fall River high school in 1900, with high honors, winning the Davis medal for proficiency in study, and died Oct. 27, 1902, at the age of twenty years.

Mr. Munroe died of heart disease July 6, 1904, at his home on Belmont street, Fall River, Mass., aged sixty-one years, eleven months.”

Source:  Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Vol. 3, by J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1912, page 1776

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