Biography of James D. Munson
Tulare County, CA Biographies





JAMES D. MUNSON.
That, after many years of residence in various sections of the country, a man should at last select Tulare county as his permanent home is a rare compliment to this locality, and it is a compliment worthily bestowed to say that the town of Goshen has profited by his public spirit and energetic business methods. James D. Munson, the gentleman referred to, was born in Mattoon, Illinois, on the 5th day of November, 1856, the son of James and Sarah (Montieth) Munson, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana. James D. Munson's paternal great grandfather, Isaac Munson, went into Kentucky in an early day, being a companion and fellow woodsman of Daniel Boone. In 1836 he moved to Illinois, where they remained until 1869, when they moved to Henry county, Missouri, where the parents spent the rest of their days. James D. Munson was reared on his father's farm and secured his education in the common schools. He accompanied the family on their migration to Missouri in 1869, and lived there until 1876, when he came to California. He spent five years on the coast, mining and dealing in cattle, but in 1881 he returned to Missouri, where he remained four years. During this period he was married and in 1885 went to New Mexico, and lived near Santa Fe, where he was car inspector for the Santa Fe Railroad for fifteen years. In 1905 Mr. Munson came to Tulare county and a few months later went to Goshen, where he bought the townsite of about two thousand city lots. He has lived here continuously since and has been largely instrumental in promoting the growth and subsequent development of this now thriving town. He became interested in the hotel and saloon business, later ran a lunch counter, to which he afterward added soft drinks, and is now interested in the operation of a small dairy. At all times he has been loyal to the commercial interests of his home town and has supported with his time and means every movement launched for the betterment of the community. He has served a number of terms as a member of the school board and frequently as a member of the election board.

Mr. Munson was married to Miss Effie Meacham, a native of Missouri, and they have become the parents of four children, namely; Ethel, who is the wife of Harry Starbuck of Bakersfield, California; Ray, of Goshen; Cecile, the wife of Harry Galyan of Goshen; and Helen, who remains at home and assists her father in the store. Politically Air. Munson is a democrat.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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