John Monson was born December 20, 1853, at Cleveland, Ohio, which city had for some time been the home of his father. At that place he received his education in the public schools, and his business training was acquired at the Spencerian College. At an early age he entered the employ of a grocery firm, and later that of a hardware firm, where he remained about four years. He then went to Virginia City, Nev., and was employed for several years. While in that city he was married, May 21, 1878, to Miss Barbara C. Gerlach, who died April 6, 1885, leaving three daughters: Lulu J. (now deceased), and Mabel A. and Emma A., both living in Cleveland. Mr. Monson was afterward married to Lola G. Manning, and they have two children: W.W.E. and J.T.
Mr. Monson is a member of the Masonic fraternity, is well known by those of his own calling, and has a large circle of friends in Cleveland. Under his management the business has greatly progressed since 1885, when he joined the firm of Monson & Sons, wholesale and retail fish dealers.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.