Norman B. Munro, farmer, was born in Scotland, in 1822, son of John and Ann (Breid) Munro. The father was a plasterer by trade. Norman B. was educated at St. Andrew's College, one of the oldest and most famous
institutions of learning in Scotland. He was married March, 1847 to Anna Armstrong, a native of North Ireland, and of the seven children born to this union four are now living: George C., James A., David Alexander (of Illinois) and John Clifton. In 1850 Mr. Munro came to the United States and settled near Albany, N. Y., but moved from there to Putnam County, then to Westchester County, where he lived until 1867, at which date he came to Jefferson County, Mo., and located two miles east of Hematite, where he has a fine farm of 147 acres. He has been engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, and has spared no pains in the advancement of his children, both morally and intellectually. He is strictly independent in all partisan affairs. He is a Presbyterian in his religion, and has put forth every effort to establish an organization
of that denomination in his neighborhood, but as yet has not been successful. Mr. Munro lost one child in the old country and two in this, viz.: Norman W., who died November 13, 1881, at the age of twenty two; Anna Mary, wife of Frederick A. Pedley, married in 1868, and died August 12, 1887, leaving four children: Alice (now Mrs. Louis Funk), Lillie, Norman and Mabel. Much credit is due to Mr. and Mrs. Munro for the abolition of the dram shops in Hematite, and for the high moral and social standing of the people of the town, for which virtue Hematite is unsurpassed by any village in the State.