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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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E. E. Warren.

E. E. Warren, founder of the Warren Dry Goods Company of Greenfield, of which he is general manager, is one of the foremost business men of Adair county and is an important factor in the commercial expansion of the city.  His birth occurred in New London, Henry county, Iowa, on the 31st of March, 1862.  His father, Henry Webb Warren, who was a native of Indiana, became a pioneer of Henry county, Iowa, where he was prominently identified with agricultural interests for a number of years.  During the Civil war he served as a member of Company E, First Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, and while at the front received injuries which eventually caused his death.  He passed away in New London.

E. E. Warren passed the period of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and at the usual age entered the public schools of New London.  After completing the course there offered he became a student in the New London Academy, a private school, and on leaving that institution he clerked in a general store in New London for a short time.  In 1879, when seventeen years of age, he came to Greenfield and entered the employ of A. P. Stephens & Company, with whom he was associated for two years.  He was then transferred to Mr. Stephens' store at Creston, where he remained for two years, but in 1883 he became Mr. Stephens' partner in the ownership of the latter's Greenfield store, and the firm style becoming Fuller, Warren & Company.  About 1886 our subject and his brother, F. C. Warren, acquired the business and the firm name was changed to Warren Brothers.  In 1889 our subject purchased the interest of his brother and conducted the business alone until 1910, when he sold out and for three years thereafter he gave his attention to the management of his farm lands in North and South Dakota and in Canada.  In 1913 he and his brother repurchased the Greenfield store, which is now conducted under the name of the Warren Dry Goods Company.  Our subject has charge of the business and it has prospered under his able management.  He carries a complete and well selected stock and follows the policy of giving full value for money received.  He is progressive and astute and his integrity is unswerving.  He has other financial interests as he owns the Warren Opera House block and a number of other properties in Greenfield.

In 1884 occurred the marriage of Mr. Warren and Miss Eva Viers, of Fontanelle.  He is a republican in politics but has never had time to take a very active part in public affairs.  Fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Des Moines Consistory, No. 3, A. & A. S. R., and being also identified with Crusade Lodge, No. 386, A. F. & A. M., and St. John's Chapter, No. 73, R. A. M.  The religious faith of both he and his wife is that of the Presbyterian church and they can be counted upon to further all movements seeking the moral advancement of the community.  Mr. Warren has gained a gratifying measure of success, which is the natural result of his enterprise and business ability, and he is one of the valued citizens of Greenfield.



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