Matthew M. Munn (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 27, 1955)

Born: February 22, 1883 in Stowe, Vermont

Died: December 25, 1955

Married: Agnes DeLisle, May 2, 1907

Children: Jim Munn, Helen (Mrs. Leo Meldrim), Alice (Mrs. William Wallace), Ruth Munn, John Munn, Robert D. Munn

Matthew Marsh Munn was one of the Munn Brothers. He lived at 6 Prospect Avenue.

He came to Saranac Lake in 1899 at age 16, and was employed for a time at Sherrill's Grocery Store at 46 Main Street. In 1904, he and his brothers William and Albert opened Munn Brother's Grocery Store at 76 Main Street. In 1919, he sold his interest in the business and opened Munn Jewelery Store; in 1930, he sold the store to William Scheefer. In the early 1930s he was named Town of Harrietstown supervisor, after which he was elected village trustee, village treasurer, and Harrietstown town clerk, a post from which he retired in 1953.


Excerpted from an article on the Fowler Block by Philip Gallos.

In October, 1909, W. Smith and Jessie Fowler sold the Fowler Block to William J. and Matthew M. Munn.

On the ground floor of the building, these two Munns, with their brother Albert, opened the Munn Brothers' Grocery. It was a large and successful business — so much so that most older residents call 76 Main Street the "Munn Block".

The Munns’ was the first grocery in the village to have walk-in coolers, and they had a fleet of three delivery trucks.

In June of 1925, the Munns sold the Fowler Block to John S. Ridenour, publisher of the Adirondack Enterprise, who bought the building as an investment.