Meet the Monn's

My Story

My life has been like most of yours…I was born to a single mother in Jamestown, NY in 1979…I spent the next 10 years of my life in New York until moving to Pennsylvania in 1989…In 1994 my mom decided to move to my current City of Corry…I have been here ever since…In 1997 I graduated from Corry Area High School and my plan was to become a teacher…so like most of you I went to college, for 1 semester, and then due to some family issues left school and started my life as a working man.

My life has been full of ups and downs…to be honest, I was a kid who grew up on the welfare system…we were a poor family…we moved a lot…by the time I was 18 I had lived in over 20 houses…My mom and dad tried to make it work again when I was about 7…During that brief time, my sister came along…When I was 11, my mom had my brother…With my mom being a single mother and me being so much older than my siblings I basically became the “Dad” of the house…Like a lot of you, I was forced to grow up a little earlier than I had planned…And I am grateful for that…

Fast forward to 1998…The beginning of my current life…That is the year that I married my favorite human…my wife Janet…I was 19 and she was 18, just out of school…people said we were crazy, and maybe we were…we were after all throwing a curve ball into our lives, but almost 23 years later we are still going strong…

Janet and I worked crappy jobs and lived in a little apartment in town for a few years…until 2001 when our world took a turn again…That is the year that our son, Max, was born…To say the least we were not ready for that…Janet made the decision to be a stay at home mama and I worked a lot to pay the bills…Janet also babysat for some extra cash…we didn’t have much but we had what we needed…

Then came 2003 when God gave us a surprise, my daughter Enola…our family was now whole…still struggling financially, but together…I was still working a lot and was missing time with my tribe…so together Janet and I made the decision to change jobs so I could be home more…That decision proved to be another pivotal point in our lives…

I was working a menial job…Next door was a little restaurant called Hoagie Hut and Deli…I talked the owner into selling the place to Janet and I and in 2005 we took another leap of faith in our story together…We were now business owners…We took a little joint with 4 employees and over a 10-year period we added 1000 square feet to it and when we sold it 2014, we had 18 employees…

In 2012 I was elected to our City Council…In 2015 I was appointed by council as the Mayor after our current Mayor resigned office…I agreed to do so until the end of my term in 2016…I am proud of what I did in office but also learned a lot about how politics work, even in a small city like ours…

2015 was an insane year for us…It changed our lives forever…My daughter and 3 other young girls were sexually assaulted by my father in law…If you ever wanted to learn about yourself in ways that you never thought of, go through a tragic event…you will learn things you never knew about yourself, the criminal system and the judicial system…but we also learned what it means to be a family and how to get through anything by leaning on each other and listening to one another…

Now comes 2018 and I once again got the business bug…We opened up Fat Monn’s Grub on a crazy notion that we could once again make it in the restaurant world…For two years we held our own and did fine and then came March 13, 2020…Covid-19 shutdown…our first thought was what could we do to help out our community…we decided to offer kids $1 meals and we put it out on social media…A crazy thing happened…it blew up…in a matter of hours people were donating money to pay for meals for kids…in the end, not one person was charged for a meal and we donated 31,107 meals to kids from our area…hundreds of people helped with the cause and a city came together for the common good…Fat Monn’s is still going strong…

So why do I tell you all of this…well it is simple…to show you that I and my family are just like you and your family, common folks who honestly believe in doing the right thing…I refuse to let my life’s experiences, good or bad, define me; I do however let my reactions to those experiences be my definition.

This is me…just a Common Monn

Our Family

Jason, Janet, Max & Enola

Elmira & Willow