[p. 978] a leading representative of the grocery trade at New Castle, has a well stocked store at No. 59 Pittsburg Street where he has built up a prosperous business since its establishment in 1902. Mr. Munnell was born in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of James S. Munnell.
The great-grandfather, James Munnell, settled first in Scott Township about 1790, and on the old homestead there the three successive generations were born. James S. Munnell, father of Howard, was born in 1835 and he followed an agricultural life. During the Civil War he served his country as a soldier in the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out with his regiment.
Howard Munnell was reared in his native neighborhood and attended the country schools and later the Slippery Rock State Normal School, where he was creditably graduated in the class of 1891. For some years he taught school and later engaged in clerking in a grocery store where he gained the experience which has been beneficial to him in the management of his own grocery concern. This he organized at New Castle in May, 1902. He has a thoroughly up-to-date grocery store, handles both staple and fancy groceries and sells both flour and feed.
In 1898 Mr. Munnell was married to Miss Clara Patterson, who is a daughter of W. E. Patterson, a well-known business citizen of New Castle. Mr. and Mrs. Munnell have one child, Lolita Munnell. They are members of the Central Presbyterian Church. Mr. Munnell is a good citizen, very active in supporting public measures which promise to be beneficial to the city, but he takes no lively interest in politics. He belongs to the Maccabees, is a member of the Business Men's Exchange and also of the Retail Grocers' Association, being treasurer of this body.
20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County Pennsylvania and Representative Citizens Hon. Aaron L. Hazen Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, Chicago, Ill., 1908
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