Frank Munger 1861-1938

Frank Munger was born September 24, 1861 in St Joseph, Missouri to Richard Andrew Munger and Margaret Allen.  Frank was the oldest of five children born to Richard and Margaret.  He had two  brothers, Cyrus and Louis, and two sisters, Dellaphine and Lena.

Frank’s early childhood was probably influenced by the unrest of the American Civil War.  This link provides information of what a small boy might have been exposed to during his formative years.  Missouri 1860s

Frank Munger

Frank Munger with his trademark moustache

The 1880 MIssouri census shows Frank as an 18-year-old living with his parents and grandparents in Platte, Missouri, but it seems that adventure was calling this young man.

Family folklore has it that when he was about 19 or 20 years old he stole a horse and fled to Canada to escape conscription to the US Army.  We don’t know if this is true or not, but we could speculate that if he did, his decision may have been influenced by the death of his uncle, Cyrus Munger, killed in action at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.  His father, Richard Munger was enlisted, and taken prisoner, at the time of Cyrus’s death and Frank may have been witness to his father’s opinions of the fighting.

Another rumour about Frank is that he rode with the Jesse James gang for a brief time, but no evidence has been found to substantiate the rumour, so it remains a bit of colourful speculation and makes a good story.

We know that he did cross the border into Canada sometime between 1880 and 1890 because when he was 29 years old he married 25-year-old Jenny/Jane Graham on March 12, 1890 at the bride’s parents’ ranch at Cultra Farm, near Kamloops in the South Thompson.

Munger family photoFrank and Jenny raised their family of 6 children (4 girls; Mildred, Dora, Della, Dot, and 2 boys; Roy and Richard) at Duck Range, also near Kamloops.  Three other children died as infants.

In the year 1900, 2 days before his 39th birthday, Frank became a Canadian citizen.

Frank Munger photoThey moved to the Bulkley Valley area in northern BC in 1919.  Their son, Roy Munger, scouted out the area and suggested it would be good place to relocate.  They purchased property on Summit Lake Road, between Houston and Telkwa and built a homestead there.

Frank passed away October 18, 1938 in Kamloops at the age of 77 and is buried with Jenny in the Pleasant Street Cemetery in Kamloops.

Frank and Jennie Munger Headstone

 

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