Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mannes Dargan Munn (1880-1946)

  This oddly named political figure is one Mannes Dargan Munn, a highly regarded resident of Edgecomb County, North Carolina. His profile here will be one of the shortest yet posted, as very little information could be found on his life, despite my best attempts at trying!
  Munn was born on February 20, 1880, a son of John W. and Rebecca Ann Bulluck Munn. Nothing could be found on Munn's childhood, education or marriage, but it has been found that he was involved in the wholesale produce business with Mr. John D. Chrisman, this according to a listing in the 1913 Rocky Mount, North Carolina DirectoryIn 1914 Munn was elected as Chairman of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce and was reelected to this post the following year. Notice is also given as to Munn's membership on the Board of Directors of the Planters Bank of Rocky Mount.
   In 1916 Mannes Munn and Clarence Alonzo Griffin (1886-1934) became the primary organizers of the Munn, Griffin and Co., a wholesale fruits and produce business based in Rocky Mount. This business was remarked as being a distributor of bananas, Virginia apples and other types of produce, and "employed 32 workers with an annual payroll of 100,000 dollars." The company is also recorded by an ESC Quarterly report as having "10 outside salesmen and uses 15 delivery trucks in covering an area embracing a radius of 75 miles around Rocky Mount."
   In addition to his involvement in local business and civic interests, Mannes D. Munn was also keen on local political affairs. He maintained a seat on the Rocky Mount Board of Aldermen from 1922 to 1931, resigning in the latter year to run for Mayor. He was successful in his quest for the office and served as Rocky Mount's mayor for four years, 1931-1935. Little else could be found on Munn's life after his service as mayor, and he died at age 66 on June 8, 1946. He was later interred at the Pineview Cemetery in South Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
From the June 8, 1946 edition of the Gastonia Daily Gazette. 

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