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Averton Edmund Munger (1867-1943)
Native of Medina Co., OH, and prominent architech, of Bay City, MI

1905: Historical biography. (Added Apr., 2009)

The History of Bay County, Michigan, by Augustus H. Gansser, 1905


One of the well-known architects of Bay City, Michigan, a member of the firm of Clark & Munger, was born at York, Medina County, Ohio, May 25, 1867, and is a son of Wallace W. and Mary J. (Chase) Munger.

The father of Mr. Munger was also a native of Medina County. He became a practical stone-mason and started in business for himself in young manhold. He followed contracting in Medina County until 1880, when he turned his attention to veterinary surgery. After graduating at the Veterinary College at Toronto, in 1881, he began practice at Galesburg, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, where he is still established. Dr. Munger married Mary J. Chase, who is a daughter of Edmund Chase. The Chase family was one well-known in New York, while the Munger family came originally from Connecticut, where the grandfather, Averton Munger, was born in 1802. Dr. and Mrs. Munger had three children, the two survivors being our subject and a sister, Mary A. The parents are members of the Congregational Church, in which Dr. Munger has been a deacon for many years.

Averton Edmund Munger was given a good common-school education and then spent some time in teaching, at one period being an instructor in the Galesburg High School, but his natural inclinations led him in another direction. He took up the study of architecture in the office of his present partner, a sketch of whom will be found in this work. Later he devoted three years to the study of civil engineering, with George S. Pierson, of Kalamazoo, and then returned to Mr. Clark's office. His knowledge of civil engineering has made him a still better architect, for it is no drawback to be conversant with both professions. From August, 1893 to 1897, he practiced architecture at Saginaw, Michigan, and then closed out his business there to enter into partnership with Mr. Clark. This firm has done much of the architectural work which has given Bay City its fair name for stately and beautiful structures. In 1892, Mr. Munger was married to Mary C. Sperry, of Bay City. They have one daughter, Lois M., a bright little maiden at school. The family belong to the Congregational Church. Fraternally, Mr. Munger is a Knight of Pythias, a member of the Bay City Lodge, No. 23.

News item. - Added May, 2012.

The American Architect, Vol. 117, Part 1, Feb., 1920.

Michigan Architects Elect Officers.

The Michigan Architects' Society has elected the following officers:

President, Clarence L. Cowles, Saginaw; first vice-president, Alvin E. Hartley, Detroit; second vice-president, H. I. Madd, Grand Rapids; third vice-president, J. B.Churchill, Lansing; secretary, Roy L. Barnes, Detroit; treasuer, H. J. Keough, Detroit; directors: Fred George Haas and Richard Marr, all of Detroit; Fred Beckissinger, Saginaw and A. E. Munger, Bay City.

Additional Notes.

    1880 - Census: Medina, Ohio.

  • Munger, Wallace W. - b. 1837 Ohio.
  • Mary J., wife - b. 1833 NY
  • Aierten E., son - b. 1867 Ohio
  • Mary A., dau. - b. 1869 Ohio

    1887 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Clark, Dillon P. - Architect, Rooms 412, 413 and 414 Phoenix Blk, res W Bay City.
  • Munger, Averton E. - draughtsman D P Clark, bds West Bay City.

    1892 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Aug. 24, 1892:
  • Groom: Averton Munger, b. 1867, Ohio - son of Wallace W. Munger & Mary J. Chase.
  • Bride: Mary C. Sperry, b. 1872 Mich. - daughter of Lavaille P. Sperry & Biva Stewart.

    1903/04 - American Art Annual, Vol. 4.

  • Munger, Averton E. - Shearer Bros. Bldg., Bay City, Mich.
    A. A. I. A. 1902: memberof Michigan Chapter A. I. A.

    1943 - Bay County Genealogy Society.

  • Burials at Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City:
  • Munger, Algerison S. - no date.
  • Munger, Averton - died Apr. 10, 1843.
  • Munger, Mary S. - died Jan. 2, 1848.
  • Munger, Wallace - died Jun. 21, 1902.

Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Clark, Dillon P.
First Congregational Ch.
People Referenced
Barnes, Roy L.
Beckissinger, Fred
Chase, Edmund
Chase, Mary J. (mother)
Churchill, J.B.
Clark, Dillon P.
Cowles, Clarence L.
Hartley, Alvin E.
Haas, Fred G.
Keough, H.J.
Madd, H.I.
Marr, Richard
Munger, Algerison S.
Munger, Averton E. (subject)
Munger, Lois M. (dau.)
Munger, Mary A. (sister)
Munger, Mary S.
Munger, Wallace W. (father)
Pierson, George S.
Sperry, Lavaille P.
Sperry, Mary C. (wife)
Stewart, Biva
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Clark & Munger
Congregational Church
Detroit, MI
Elm Lawn Cemetery
Galesburg, MI
Galesburg High School
Grand Rapids, MI
Kalamazoo Co., MI
Lansing, MI
Mich. Chapter AIA
Phoenix block
Saginaw, MI
Shearer Bros Blk
York, Medina Co. OH
New York state
Veterinary Col. Toronto
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.