More Notes from Chicago Literary Club Pertaining to Royal Munger and Edwin Munger


A large majority of the papers read during this season were full of literary vitamins. We were well nourished. There was Packard again with a story of travel in the Sahara; Thompson, who drew a deadly parallel between the Roman Empire and America Today; Victor Yarros on Letters and Literary Standards in Boiirgeoisia; Edwin A. Munger with a sprightly tale of his early days in the country, As Told by the Survivors….

Death deprived us of six members during this season. Three were of the very texture of the Club: Edwin A. Munger, Clement W. Andrews, and George Herbert Mead.The first named enjoyed life — in the fullest sense of those words; his disposition was buoyant and cheerful; he had a facetious fancy, a friendliness that invited friendliness. He was persistent in the accomplishment of the ends he had set for himself to attain, and with the final results of his life work he was content without vainglory. He was a diligent lawyer, and a faithful Master in Chancery for twenty years. His religious interest was Swedenborgian, the New Church, as it was called. With this sect he was actively connected until his death. He lived a good and blameless life. His memorialists said of him: “No blessing which men crave was denied him” — an exceptionally strong statement, but accepted by his friends without reserve. Edwin Munger could truly say with the Psalmist:

“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;
yea, I have a goodly heritage.”

His death occurred on September i8, 1930. Six months later his son. Royal F. Munger, Financial Editor of the Daily News, read his first and only paper, Finance Since the World War, a comprehensive survey made two years after the unforgettable deflation-sodden era had begun.

East Lansing, Michigan
Edwin Alston Munger December 5, 1927

Royal F. Munger May 5, 1929

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