ADMIRAL ERWIN WARREN
The business interests which contribute to the prosperity and activity of Oakdale include the industry which is managed by Mr. Warren, who is successfully engaged in carriage-marking and blacksmithing in that town, and his diligence and enterprise are characteristics that are well worthy of emulation. A native of New York, he was born in Medina, Orleans County, in the Empire state, June 15, 1842, and is descended from one of the old New England families, his parents being William T. and Celesta (Foote) Warren, the latter a native of Orleans County. In the year 1853 the father came to California going directly to Sonoma City, Sonoma County, where he engaged in wagon and carriage making. He removed to Hangtown and there he was honored with the position of mayor of the city, now the town of Placerville. While in Virginia City, Nevada, he served as alderman, and at Watsonville he was a justice of the peace. Thus it will be seen that he was not only an active factor in industrial circles but also had marked influence upon the public life in the execution of the duties of his various official positions. He was industrious and intelligent and a thoroughly reliable citizen and was a faithful member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He departed this life in 1896, at the age of seventy-six years. The mother of our subject had died in the east, and the father afterward contracted a second marriage, by which he had one child, who was born ere his emigration to California. On coming to the Pacific coast he brought with him his second wife, his son Admiral and a daughter of the second marriage.
Mr. Warren, of this review, was in his eleventh year when he came to California. He pursued his education in the schools of Placerville and Sacramento and was afterward sent east to complete his course at Three Rivers, Michigan. He also took a course in a commercial college and was thus well equipped for the duties and responsibilities of business life. He opened a carriage and blacksmith shop in Virginia City, Nevada, where he remained for thirteen years, making considerable money; but through investment he lost all of this. In 1883 he went to the Territory of Washington and was taken ill there and returned to California, arriving in June of that year. The four years following, however, he carried on business at the Twenty-six Mile House, after which he opened his present shop in Oakdale, and here he has carried on business with excellent success for the past twelve years, numbering among his patrons many of the best residents of the town and surrounding country. In addition to his shop he has a good home and has acquired considerable other town property.
In 1886 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Warren and Mrs. Mary Markley, of Chinese Camp, Tuolumne County, a daughter of George Carter. By her former marriage she has one child, named Anna Belle Markley. Mr. Warren has a son named William Admiral. After seven years of happy married life the mother was called to her final rest. In 1895 Mr. Warren was again married, his second union being with Miss Etta Dickson. Their pleasant home in Oakdale is the center of a cultured social circle and their friends are many. Mr. Warren has always been ready to aid every enterprise intended to benefit and improve his town. As the architect of his own fortunes he has builded wisely and well, for all he has has been made through his own efforts and he is today counted one of the substantial citizens of the community in which he resides.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2011 Gerald Iaquinta.