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Conrad Munz[1]

Male 1841 - 1931  (90 years)


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  • Name Conrad Munz 
    Born 29 Apr 1841  Thurgau, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 28 Oct 1873  [1
    Name Cooney 
    Reference Number 132 
    Died 15 Oct 1931  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    546 South Fifth Street 
    Buried Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Graceland Cemetery 
    Notes 

    • 1888 LIVINGSTON COUNTY PORTRAITS AND BIOS


      CONRAD MUNZ


      CONRAD MUNZ, WHOSE FARM IS LOCATED ON SECTION 25, AND IS CONSIDERED THE FINEST IN THE TOWNSHIP OF PLEASANT RIDGE, WAS BORN IN THE CANTON OF THURGAN, SWITZERLAND, ON THE 29TH OF APRIL, 1841. THIS CANTON IS IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF SWITZERLAND, AND IS SEPARATED FROM BADEN BY THE RIVER RHINE. IT HAS AN AREA OF 270 SQUARE MILES, AND A POPULATION OF ABOUT 100,000, OF WHOM FOUR-FIFTHS ARE PROTESTANTS. THE SURFACE IS UNDULATING AND FERTILE, AND THE COUNTRY IS WATERED BY THE THUR, THE SITTER AND MURG RIVERS. AGRICULTURE, SPINNING AND WEAVING ARE THE CHIEF OPERATION OF THE INHABITANTS. THE PARENTS OF MR. MUNZ WERE JACOB AND ELIZABETH (ALTWEGG) MUNZ, WHO WERE NATIVES OF SWITZERLAND. THE FATHER WAS BORN ON THE 4TH OF SEPTEMBER 1812, DIED JUNE 21, 1858. HE WAS BY OCCUPATION A FARMER AND WINE DEALER, AND ACHIEVED CONSIDERABLE REPUTATION FOR THE VINTAGE OF HIS WINES. THE MOTHER WAS BORN IN SWITZERALND JULY 29, 1822, AND DIED JAN. 3, 1861. THEY WERE BOTH DEVOTED TO ZEALOUS CHRISTIAN WORK. THE NAMES OF THE CHILDREN WERE AS FOLLOWS: CONRAD, JACOB, IDA, EMIL, ANNA, JOHN AND WILHELMINA, TWO OF WHOM DIED IN INFANCY.


      MR. MUNZ CAME TO AMERICA IN 1873, AND LANDED IN NEW YORK OCTOBER 28. HE CAME ALMOST IMMEDIATELY TO LIVINGSTON COUNTY, AND PURCHASED 120 ACRES OF LAND, TO WHICH HE HAS ADDED FORTY ACRES. HE HAS ERECTED A FULL COMPLEMENT OF FARM BUILDINGS, ALL OF WHICH ARE CONSTRUCTED WITH A VIEW TO COMFORT AND BEAUTY. HE HAS PUT IN OVER 30,000 TILES AND HAS, THEREFORE, A MOST COMPLETELY DRAINED FARM. TAKING ITS APPOINTMENTS THROUGHOUT MR. MUNZ HAS AS FINE A FARM AS THERE IS IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, AND HE HAS RECENTLY PURCHASED 104 ACRES OF VERY EXCELLENT LAND NEAR FAIRBURY, LIVINGSTON COUNTY.


      AUGUST 29, 1871, MR. MUNZ WAS MARRIED IN SWITZERLAND TO CATHERINE BLUMER, WHO WAS BORN FEB. 2, 1849. TO THEM HAVE BEEN BORN THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN: FRIEDA, ANNIE, DAVID, PAUL, JONATHAN AND CONRAD. TWO CHILDREN DIED IN INFANCY. MR. AND MRS. MUNZ ARE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE OMISH CHURCH, IN WHICH CHURCH THEY WERE BOTH RAISED.


      MR. MUNZ IS AN ENTERPRISING CATTLE GROWER, AND RAISES A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF HORSES, BUT DOES NOT MAKE ANY PRETENSION TO CULTIVATING BLOODED HORSES, HE HAS ON HIS FARM A LARGE VINEYARD, AND EACH YEAR MANUFACTURES FROM SIX TO EIGHT BARRELS OF WINE. MR. MUNZ PROCURED THE PAPERS WHICH MADE HIM A FULL CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES ONLY ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. HE HAS NOT TAKEN A VERY ACTIVE INTEREST IN POLITIES, CARING NOTHING FOR OFFICE-HOLDING, AND THE ONLY OFFICIAL POSITION HE HAS CONSENTED TO HOLD WAS THAT OF SCHOOL DIRECTOR, FOR WHICH HE WAS EMINENTLY FITTED BY EDUCATION. IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY MR. MUNZ RECEIVED A HIGH EDUCATION, AND WHILE IN THAT COUNTRY HE WAS ENGAGED MOST OF THE TIME AS BOOKKEEPER AND CLERK IN A LARGE SILK AND DAMASK FACTORY, A POSITION WHICH REQUIRED CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE OF BUSINESS. AT ONE TIME IN SWITZERLAND HE WAS QUITE WEALTHY, BUT REVERSES OVERTOOK HIM WHICH SWEPT AWAY THE GREATER PORTION OF HIS FORTUNE. HE IS NOW ONE OF MOST ENTERPRISING AND SUBSTANTIAL MEN OF THE TOWNSHIP IN WHICH HE RESIDES, AND ENJOYS THE CONFIDENCE OF EVERYBODY WHO KNOWS HIM.


      CONRAD MUNZ, SR., AN ESTEEMED CITIZEN, PASSES


      WAS NINETY YEARS OF AGE - WAS FOR MANY YEARS IDENTIFIED WITH BUSINESS INTERESTS OF FAIRBURY.


      CONRAD MUNZ, SR., ONE OF FAIRBURY’S HIGHLY ESTEEMED CITIZENS, AND WHO FOR YEARS HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED WITH THE BUSINESS INTERESTS OF THIS COMMUNITY, PASSED AWAY MONDAY EVENING AT 9:30 O’CLOCK AT HIS HOME, 546 SOUTH FIFTH STREET, OF UREMIC POISONING, FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS OF TWO WEEKS. HE WAS AGED 90 YEARS, 4 MONTHS AND 16 DAYS.


      FOR 58 YEARS MR. MUNZ HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY, AND FOR 43 YEARS HAD RESIDED AT FAIRBURY. MOST OF THE YEARS SPENT AT FAIRBURY WERE ON HIS FARM AT THE SOUTH EDGE OF THE CITY. HE WAS A MAN OF ABILITY AND ENERGY, AND THE MORE THAN TWO SCORE YEARS SPENT HERE WERE YEARS OF ACTIVITY FOR HIM IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT FOR MANY YEARS HE WAS INCAPACITATED BY THE AMPUTATION OF ONE OF HIS LEGS. HE STARTED THE GROWING OF SORGHUM ON HIS LAND AFTER MOVING TO FAIRBURY, AND IN 1889 BUILT A PLANT FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF MOLASSES, EQUIPPING IT WITH MODERN MACHINERY, AND ENLARGING IT IN 1895. IN 1907 HIS PLANT BURNED, BUT MR. MUNZ REBUILT AGAIN USING MORE MODERN MACHINERY, AND TURNING OUT THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF MOLASSES YEARLY, AND GIVING EMPLOYMENT TO MANY PEOPLE. ANOTHER ENTERPRISE WHICH MR. MUNZ DEVELOPED WAS THE MUNZ SAND AND GRAVEL PIT, WHICH HAS BEEN FOR SEVERAL YEARS PAST OPERATED BY HIS SON, CONRAD MUNZ, JR. AT ONE TIME HE EXPERIMENTED ON THE RAISING OF TOBACCO ON QUITE A LARGE SCALE, BUT IT NOT PROVING A PROFITABLE VENTURE WAS DISCONTINUED.


      MR. MUNZ WAS WELL INFORMED MAN, BROAD IN HIS VIEWS, AND ALWAYS CONSIDERATE OF HIS FELLOWMEN. A GOOD CITIZEN AND A KIND FATHER, HE WILL BE MISSED IN THE COMMUNITY AND HOME.


      MR. MUNZ WAS BORN IN SULGEN, SWITZERLAND, APRIL 29, 1841, SON OF JACOB AND ELIZABETH ALTWEG MUNZ, AND THE OLDEST OF A FAMILY OF NINE CHILDREN, ALL OF WHOM HAVE PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH. HE RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION IN HIS NATIVE COUNTRY, AND THERE AT AZMOZ ON AUGUST 29, 1871, WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO CATHARINA BLUMER. IN 1873, MR. AND MRS. MUNZ AND DAUGHTER, FREDIA, NOW DECEASED, CAME TO AMERICA, SETTLING ON A FARM NEAR FORREST. MRS. MUNZ PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN SURVIVE: ANNA AND LYDIA, AT HOME; MRS. KATHERINE GUTWEIN, OF FRANCESVILLE, IND.; MRS. ESTHER RAPP, OF HIGHLAND PARK; DAVID, PAUL, JONATHAN AND CONRAD, JR., OF FAIRBURY. THERE ALSO SURVIVE 22 GRANDCHILDREN.


      THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD YESTERDAY MORNING FROM THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH, AND WERE LARGELY ATTENDED. THE REV. MARTIN STEIDINGER OFFICIATED, AND INTERMENT WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.
    Person ID I132  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2016 

    Father Jacob Munz,   b. 4 Sep 1812, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1858  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Altwegg,   b. 29 Jul 1822, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1861  (Age 38 years) 
    Family ID F21507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Blumier,   b. 2 Feb 1849, Azmoos, Saint Gallen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1926, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1871  Azmoos, Saint Gallen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Frieda Munz,   b. 27 Jun 1872, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1927, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     2. Anna Munz,   b. 12 Jan 1875, Pleasant Ridge, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1960  (Age 85 years)
     3. David Munz,   b. 12 Jul 1879, Pleasant Ridge, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Paul Munz,   b. 21 Aug 1880, Pleasant Ridge, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1954, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Jonathan Munz,   b. 29 Dec 1882, Pleasant Ridge, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Conrad Munz,   b. 28 Jul 1887, Forrest, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1961, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Lydia E. Munz,   b. 17 Jul 1893, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1994, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
     8. Catherine Munz
     9. Esther Munz
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2016 14:48:01 
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S732] The Munz Family.