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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Thomas Warrior.

Thomas Warrior is proprietor of a general store in Bridgewater and is also the owner of excellent farm property in Adair county.  His life has been actuated by a spirit of enterprise and progress, and he as never been afraid of that laborious attention to business which must always constitute the basis of success.  A native of Canada, he was born September 31, 1856, a son of William and Ruth (Braithwaite) Warrior, both of whom were natives of England.  In 1856 they bade adieu to friends and native country and sailed for the new world, establishing their home in Canada, but in the fall of the same year they removed to Wisconsin, where they settled upon a farm, continuing their residence in that state until 1871, when they arrived in Adair county, Iowa.  They took up their abode upon a farm in Washington township.  The father's death occurred in 1896, his remains being interred in the Washington township cemetery.  In the family were nine children, eight of whom are still living, and the mother yet survives at the age of seventy-six years.

The youthful days of Thomas Warrior were spent under the parental roof.  He was married December 22, 1878, to Marilla Thompson, and they lived on a rented farm for ten years.  He then bought a tract of land in Jackson township and resided thereon until his wife passed away in 1893.  The succeeding six years were spent in clerking in a store in Bridgewater, although he still operated his farm, which he yet owns, --- a good track of land of one hundred and sixty acres on section 30, Jackson township.  To that place he has added many improvements and after six years spent in clerking he returned to the farm, devoting his entire attention thereto through the succeeding five years.  On the expiration of that period he removed to Bridgewater in 1910 and embarked in general merchandising, in which he has since continued.  He and his wife have a well appointed store, carrying an attractive line of goods, and their reliable business methods and unfaltering energy constitute the basic elements of their growing success.  He has always made good use of his time and opportunities and his business affairs have been carefully conducted, bringing to him a gratifying financial return.

Mr. Warrior had six children by his first marriage, as follows:  William H., of Carl, Adams county, Iowa;  Hannah J., who is the wife of O. J. Sullivan, a farmer of Jackson township, this county;  Leroy, an agriculturist of Adair count;  Elizabeth May, who gave her hand in marriage to H. J. Brown, of Coon Rapids, Iowa;  Bessie, who is the wife of Frank McVey of Madison county, Iowa;  and Rosa E., the wife of Ernest Curry, of Creston, Iowa.  Following the death of his first wife, which occurred in 1893, he was again married March 4, 1903, his second union being with Miss Sarah J. McFarland, who was born in Washington, Iowa, a daughter of F. A. and Hetty (Doig) McFarland, natives of Illinois and New York respectively.  To this union one daughter was born, Marion Alma.

Mr. Warrior belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of the chairs in the local lodge.  Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, to the support of which they contribute liberally, while in the church work they take a helpful interest.  They own and occupy a fine residence in Bridgewater and the hospitality of their attractive home is proverbial.



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