William Muench, "was born in Stetten by Hechingen, Hohenzollern, Germany, Aug. 14, 1850, and in 1867 came to America and finished his practical education in the drug store of Dr. M. Bausinger in the Yates block in Syracuse, where he remained seven years. In 1874 he established a drug business for himself in the Second ward, and in the fall of 1887 moved to his present location in the Sixteenth ward. He was one of the founders of the Catholic Sun and has been president of the company since its reorganization. He was the second president of the St. Bonifacius Society, serving two terms; was president of Branch 36, C.M.B.A., two years; first grand vice-president of the C.M.B.A. for the State of New York; twice representative from the New York Grand Council to the Supreme Council of that body, and is now the supreme deputy for the State of New York for that fraternity. He is a member and for one term was orator of the C.B.L., and served as civil service examiner under Mayor Kirk. A Democrat in politics and somewhat active, he was a member of the city, and treasurer of the county committees, and in all these capacities has served with distinguished ability. Nov. 11, 1873, he married Elizabeth C., daughter of Frances Baumer, the well-known candle manufacturer. Their children are William G., Edmund J., Franz A., Alexis N., Carl E., A. M. E., Catherine, Norbert C. H., and Albert A." Source: Bruce, Dwight H. (Ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, Family Sketches, p. 31.