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RICHARD C. WARN. England has many among the best class of citizens in Texas. There is a sterling quality about the nationality that particularly fits them for pioneer life, and we, as Americans, are greatly indebted to settlers of English birth for the rapid advancement made in our civilization. He whose name is at the head of this sketch, and who is a representative pioneer of De Witt County, was born in Cornwall, England, in 1826. Now, in his sixty­ eighth year, the progress that the country has made, and especially that por­tion in which he lives, is to him as familiar as events in his, own daily life. .

He is the son of Digory and Mariah (Wearing ) Warn, both natives of England. In the year 1848 our subject, thinking to better his condition, crossed the ocean to America and settled in Canada, where he remained for two years. From there he went to New Orleans via the Mississippi River, and from there to Texas, locating in Matagorda, where he worked at his trade, carpentering, until the breaking out of the Civil War. In the year 1863 he went to Mexico and was engaged in the hardware business until the fall of 1865, when he came to Indianola. Here he carried on business until the storm of 1875, when he lost nearly everything. Mr. Warn has been unlucky in regard to being in the path of storms, for in 1854 he passed through a severe one at Matagorda and lost all of his property. Our subject remained in-­business at Indianola until 1882, although he had moved his family to Cuero in 1881, and had started a branch store there in 1880. He sold out his business in Indianola in 1884, and in 1890 erected a store in Cuero. Mr. Warn is also interested in the oil mills at Cuero and San Marcos; Texas, and has lumber interests in San Antonio. In the year 1872 he was married to Miss Eliza Bates, a native of England, who died in 1891, leaving six children: Ruth, Richard C., in business in San Marcos; Minnie, in school at Waco; Agnes, Lila, and Fred. Mr. Warn is a member of the Baptist Church, and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is a stirring, thorough-going business man, and one who has the respect and esteem of all those with whom he has

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