Stephen Blackmar MONROE

Stephen Blackmar MONROE

Male 1869 - 1946

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  • Name  Stephen Blackmar MONROE 
    Born  11 Jun 1869  South Haven, Van Buren Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Mar 1946  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I33084  Munro
    Last Modified  27 May 2001 

    Father  Charles Jay MONROE,   b. 20 Nov 1839, Lawrence, Van Buren Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1919 
    Mother  Hattie MOREHOUSE,   b. Abt 1841, Albion, Calhoun Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1903 
    Married  1866 
    Family ID  F3314  Group Sheet

    Family  Albertina Harriet SCHMIDT,   b. 14 Feb 1873, Emden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1947, South Haven, Van Buren Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Jan 1899 
    Children 
     1. Charles Joshua MONROE,   b. 25 Feb 1901,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. George Edward MONROE,   b. 6 Sep 1904,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Albertine Harriet MONROE,   b. 25 Feb 1907,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID  F13366  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Stephen was born on his parents' farm in South Haven. He was named for his maternal grandparents. He attended the local schools, and in 1891, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, after which he began a legal practice specializing in probate, financial, and real estate matters.

      In 1901, he moved to Kalamazoo to work for the Kalamazoo Savings Bank, which his father had founded in 1884. He became a director of the bank two years later. Stephen lived the rest of his life there, and played a large role in the industrial and commercial life of the city. By the time of his death, he had aided in the development of more than a score of important local business and manufacturing concerns.

      Stephen eventually became president of the Kalamazoo Savings Bank. Serving with him at the bank was Charles A. Peck and his brother, Horace. They were older men who recognized in Stephen a keen business acumen. They were engaged in the financing of fledgling industries and were happy to find a younger man to help them carry on.

      Another young man who became associated with the Peck brothers at about the same time, was Alfred B. Connable from the village of Petosky in northern Mchigan. Alfred married Horace Peck's daughter. Stephen and Alfred began an association which lasted until Stephen died in 1946.

      The two friends and some others provided the original capital for the Monroe Calculating Machine Company, which Stephen's younger cousin Jay Randolph organized in 1912. Stephen and Alfred served on the board of that company for many years until they retired. Stephen's two sons and Alfred's three sons all played important roles in the company in later years.

      References:

      (1) "History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Mass. Munroes" by R. S. Munroe,
      2nd ed. - Florence, Massachusetts (1986) - 13-8/11-82-1 - p. 385-386

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      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Genealogist, Clan Munro Association, USA