O. M. Munroe, of the banking firm of Bakewell & Munroe, of De Soto, was born in New York city, and is the eldest of twelve children born to William O. and Matilda (Mortimer) Munroe, both natives of the City of New York. William O. Munroe, a contractor by trade, is now fifty-nine years of age, and is a highly esteemed man of good business capacity. Mrs. Matilda Munroe was born in 1837. O. M. Munroe was educated at Columbia College, New York City, where he graduated as Bachelor of Philosophy in 1879. Soon after leaving school he ws employed by Carnegie
Bros. & Co., of Pittsburgh, Penn., to inspect and purchase iron ore for them. He was employed by this firm about five years, and bought large quantities of iron ore from Pilot Knob, Mo. May 3, 1885, in partnership with his brother-in-law, under the firm name of Bakewell & Munroe, they established the Jefferson County Bank, which is the oldest bank in the county. They have thoroughly demonstrated their superior fitness for their business by the very able manner in which they have conducted their affairs. They have been remarkably successful, and have gained the confidence of the public as to their financial ability. In 1885 Mr. Munroe married Miss Mary Bakewell, daughter of Hon. R. A. Bakewell, of St. Louis, who was judge of the court of appeals ten years and is at present master in chancery; he is one of the most influential citizens of the city of St. Louis, and one of the most prominent members
of the bar of the State of Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Munroe have one child,
William O., Jr. In politics, Mr. Munroe is conservative. He is a member
of the A. O. U. W.