Biography of Mathew Alouisis Munding
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Mathew Alouisis Munding, proprietor of the business at Muskogee conducted under the name of the New State Flour & Feed Company, a wholesale concern, belongs to that class of enterprising men whose activity and determination are salient elements in the up building of the community in which they reside. Muskogee owes not a little other commercial development to the efforts of Mr. Munding, who came to this state from Kansas, his birth having occurred in St. Paul, Kansas, July 30, 1881. He is a son of M. A. and Anna (Duling) Munding. The father engaged in the flour and feed business and thus in early youth Mathew A. Mending became familiar to a greater or less degree with the line of activity with which he is now identified.
He was educated by the Jesuit Fathers at St. Paul, Kansas, end when his textbooks were put aside concentrated his efforts and attention upon the flour mill and the sawmill business and also did threshing. In 1907 he came to Muskogee and here organized the New State Flour & Feed Company, which was formed in the year in which Oklahoma was admitted to the Union. He is sole owner of the business and his building extends from Broadway to Okmulgee Street and along the line of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. He does a jobbing business and ships in carload lots, using as his slogan, “nothing too good for our customers.” He holds to high standards in dealing with his patrons and has enjoyed steady success from the beginning. He started business in Muskogee with a cash capital of but sixty-one dollars. Today he is handling three hundred and seventy-five carloads of flour and feed per annum and his capable management and unflagging industry insure continued success.
On the 17th of October, 1906, Mr. Munding was married to Miss Katherine Mary Fabian of St. Paul, Kansas, and they have become parents of three children: Linus; Evelyn; and M. A. Munding, who is of the fifth generation to bear that name.
The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic Church and Mr. Munding is serving as a trustee of the Church of the Assumption. He also belongs to the Knights of Columbus and he has membership in the Rotary Club. Statistics show that more than ninety per cent of the men who enter business on their own account are failures and one of the strong causes leading to that lamentable result is the fact that many individuals dissipate their energies over too broad a field.
Mr. Munding, however, is one who has ever concentrated his efforts and attention along a single line, his life having been devoted to the occupation with which he became familiar in his youthful days. This persistency of purpose and concentration have been potent factors in the attainment of his present-day success, making him one of the leading wholesale flour and feed men in his section of the state.