Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JAMES M. WARREN, a retired merchant
and farmer of Reardan, was born October 12, 1843, in Sullivan county, Missouri.
His father, Henry Warren, a native of North Carolina, was an early settler
in Sullivan county, where he lived until 1883. During that year he
started on a visit to a son, W. B., who lived in Lincoln county, Washington,
and while aboard a steamer bound for Portland from San Francisco he died,
aged about sixty years. Mr. Warren's mother was Nancy (Smith) Warren,
born in Indiana, who came west with her husband, after whose death she
lived in this county until she died in 1901, aged eighty-two years.
Mr. Warren's brother, mentioned above in this sketch, was an early pioneer
in this vicinity, and now makes his home in California. They have
one sister, Mrs. Mandanie Lyle, of Reardan.
Mr. Warren spent his boyhood on a farm in
his native county, where he also followed milling to some extent.
He enlisted in Company C, First Missouri State Militia, serving three years
during the Civil War, the greater portion of which time was spent in fighting
bushwhackers along the border. He was engaged in many skirmishes
and brushes with the enemy, and endured all the hardships of the border
warrior before being honorably discharged from service on April 26, 1865.
He is now a prominent member of the C. W. H. Bentley post, G. A. R., of
After the war he returned home and again applied
himself to the business of farming until 1884. In the meantime, in 1870,
he had come to San Francisco, thence to Walla Walla, where he stayed eighteen
months then returned to Missouri. In March, 1884, he came to Reardan
and purchased land. He also went into the sawmill business, having
shipped his mill from Missouri, and in partnership with his brother ran
the mill for about five years, when he confined his attention to farming
his land. In the fall of 1889 with his son, Charles S., he went into
the general merchandise business under the firm name of J. M. Warren &
Son. They started with a small stock, which ultimately grew into
a large modern department store, when, in 1903, the firm sold out, and
the senior member thereof retired from active business. He now owns
two good farms of one hundred and sixty acres each, near Reardan, fifty
lots in town, a business block, a warehouse, a handsome cottage where he
lives, and two tenement houses. He is also a shareholder in the Reardan
Land & Investment company, which owns seven sections in Yakima county.
Mr. Warren was married, December 10, 1863,
in his native state, to Susan Nunn, daughter of Matthew and Anna C. Nunn.
She has one brother, George M., near Reardan. To this union have
been born four children; Charles S.; Benjamin F., married to Stella Davis,
at Kennewick; Mary E., wife of Sherman Bentley, near Reardan; and Lew L.,
married to Minnie Byrd, of Reardan.
Mr. Warren, is a charter member and past grand
of the Reardan Lodge, I. O. O. F., and of the Rebekah fraternity of his
Our subject has been a successful business
man since coming to this state, and one whose influence has been sensibly
felt in the development and growth of his city.