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instead of the lines of similar lan
guage, in which he refers to Auburn
in The Deserted Village, and the al
lusion would have applied not to a
forlorn and deserted place, but to a
live, bustling, progressive and pros
perous town. It is not our purpose
nor is it possible in this brief article
t give an exhaustive description of
Warren and surrounding country,
but rather in a few rapid pen sketch
es to set forth some facts, which it is
hoped, will enable the reader to form
a fairly accurate idea of the resources
d advantages and kind of people
wo have here. If this sketch will
-contribute a little to that end, its ob
ject will have been attained.
Warreu, the county seat of Mar
shall county, is a thrifty city of 1,500
inhabitants. It was organized as a
village in 1879, only twenty years
In 1891 it took on city airs,
Saving been granted the privilege by
special act of the legislature. Hence,
Warren is both young and fair. In
ike town of Warrenton, congressional
towhship 155 north, Range 48 west,
awl section 36, is the city located.
*l?he reason why this particular spot
was chosen for a town lies in the fact
that the railroad, which had been
Constructed in the summer and fall
4f 1878, crossed the Snake river at
this point. By the meandering, tim
Ifcer-fringed banks of this small
stream was the natural location for a
town, if there was need of a town at
all. And the necessity came. The
successful growth of hard wheat, of
-the very best quality in the world, in
the black, rich soil of the level
prairies of the Bed River valley,, was
attracting the attention of bomeseek
ers, and people came in large num
bers to secure the free government
lands about Warren, now made more
accessible by the railroad, and to
open up farms. 'The settlers needed
to purchase supplies of various kinds,
and thus a town sprang up in the
^vilderuesp. Tlie settling of the coun
try, therefore, gave rise to the town,
and the rich, well cultivated farms,
stretching in all directions, still fofm
the back-bone and solid support of
Warren. It is not fouuded on sand.
The country tributary to it is the
cream of the Red River valley.
Warren has the distinction of being
the greatest primary wheat market
in Minnesota. At no other point in
A THRIVING CITY.
The Greatest Primary Wheat Har
ket in the State.
The County Seat of Marshall County.
Situated in the Heart of the Red River Valleya
Region Famed for its Fertility.
Some Points of General Interest about It
and Its People.
Had Goldsmith lived at Warren, he
would perhaps have written:
flweet Warren! loveliest city of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheer the laboring
the state is more wheat unloaded
from farmers' wagons. It is estimat
ed that 1,500,000 bushels of wheat
were marketed here from the crop
The people who founded and were
the first citizens of Warren were of
the right sort to make a town, and
the many who have come here since
have generally been of the same
class. They are intelligent, thrifty,
honest, energetic, public spirited and
enterprising. Through their efforts
the commanding social, commercial
and political importance of the town
has been secured.
Warren has always been a de
sirable place for a home its standard
of morality has always been high,
and its aim has been to surround the
young and rising generation with
good, wholesome influences. The
value of the church and the school as
adjuncts of civilization were early
recognized, and the two were estab
lished side by side.
Marshall county, of which Warren
is the county seat, is situated in the
heart of the famous Red River valley
of Minnesota, which is the bread bas
ket of the world. This great valley,
which scientists tell us once formed
the basin of lake Agassiz, in remote
ages, possesses a soil, a deep alluvial
deposit, that surpasses in fertility
^at of thp.famous valley of the Nile.
Theisounty teof reclSn^lar'^Bape
72 miles by ""TK*!, and, according to
the report in the geological survey,
contains 1,675.04 square miles, or
1,072,025.6 acres. The surface is
quite even. The streams in the west
ern portion of the county are Snake,
Middle and Tamarack rivers, flowing
in a westerly direction into Red River
of the North, their banks fringed
with narrow strips of timber. In the
eastern portion the principal stream
is Thief river, flowing southwest into
Red Lake river. Thief lake with an
area of about nine square miles, Mud
lake five or six, Elm lake about one
square mile, are also found in the
eastern part. Numerous- scattered
groves of timber are found in that
portion east of the Great Northern
railway. The highest portionJ near
Thief Luke, about 1,175 feet above
the sea. Warren is 853 feet above
sea level, Argyle 845, Stephen 827,
St. Vincent 787.
Marshall county has now 36 organ
ized townships, and a number still
unorganized, 86 school districts,
HON. A. GRJNDELAND, STATE SENATOR.~"
28 post offices, three thrifty and
growi^townSj^Warren, Argyll and
Stephen, and a iiun^f"6T"^3aiBI?y
stores besides. By the census of
1895 the population was 12,072,
but since then there Has been a large
influx, of settlers. The unoccupied
lands are being rapidly taken. There
is still some government land left,
but those who want it must not delay.
Railroad laud and improved farms
at no great distance froin Warren
can still lie purchased cheap, at
prices ranging from five to twenty
dollars an acre, but values are con
The Public Schools.
No man who believes in educating
his children would care to take up
his residence in a community that
did not believe in liberally support
ing its schools. Warren has always
been an educational center, and "this
fact has brought many families here
who have become residents of the
city in older that they might secure
for their children the benefits to be
derived from a superior education.
The excellent and indeed superior
character of the public schools of
Warren is well known.. The manage
ment of the educational affairs is in
the hands of competent persons, and
the corps of instructors employed
comprise a list of teachers of ac
knowledged ability and prof'cieucy.
Warren has a State High School,
maintaining a complete state high
school course of study, where the
youth of Marshall county may obtain
free a good practical education, that
will fit them admirably for the active
duties 'of life.'* Graduates.-of..the
school are admitted to the State Uni
versity without examination. The
high school building is a substantial
and modern brick structure, well
lighted, heated and ventilate!.
The superintendent of the city
schools is Wm. Augus, A. B., L. L. B.
He is a graduateof the St ite Uuiversity
of Minnesota, a teacher of many
years' experience in the schv room,
and as an instructor iu teachers' in
stitutes. The following is the per
sonel of the other teac!ie-s Mis
Edna O. Fawcett, assistant principal
Miss Susie K. Easton, piini"\
teacher Miss Frela S imue's MI, Miss
Kittie Haven, Miss Nettie Solum,
Miss. Edna Tennison, Miss Fannie
The Board of Education consists of
the following gentlemen: W.N.
Powell, president J. P. Mattson,
secretary K. J. Taralseth, treasurer
A. Grindeland, W. Powell and
Dr. G. S. Wattam.
C.S.Hull, City Recorder.
The subject of this sketch was born
in Gibson county, Indiana, in 1850.
Came to Mill-shall county in 1881,
and engaged iii farming in town.of
Conistoek. Was elected Judge of
Probate in 1890, and re-elected in
1892 and 1894. He has held the of
fice of city justice four years, and
1 .st. spring was elected city recorder.
Mr. Hull is a mighty Niinrod, and
has assist el taxidermist Brown in
making a collection of native birds
and animal* of Minnesota. He is a
useful and respected citizen."
The religious wants of the people
of Warren are supplied by a number
WARREN MIOH SCHOOL BUILDING.
chu-ches, an I many of the church
buildings are handsome struct Ore*.
The following is a list of the differ
out mg'V'i.rati I with i*.n:5 of
Preslnteriau church T. F.
CLARK. I tor.
Fi'-st Mthodit Episcopil'ciuufh
W. t-3. Loi MIS. I'.isio-
Svedish Li'itheiMti c!ri ch A.
K. WINBEBO, Pastor.
K. J. TARALSETH,
Luhera J. Taralseth,
M. SKDNES, Pastor. business naeu of .Warre",,was
Swedish Mission church P. M.j Norfjord, Norway, iii 1847. He
SAMCELSOS, Pastor. came to America in 1872. and for a.
Scandinavian Methodist church
New Court House. Secret and Fraternal Organ
Marshall County is en-ctinir a la g.
handsome coifr )IO:ISH and jail ihi-
.yea". We ha i intended to get liiili
t'MU cuts of thee biildinys, tmt on
u-eount of 1 l-ir I wing in an unfinished star, Odd Fellows, KebekSs,
on l.tiou -it .nt lim tin- Modern Woodmen, Royal Neighbors,
en'd not lied .ne v\ a sitW-c or 'Knights of Honor, Maccabees and
of 1882, he to
Warren and established a general
merchandise store iu the little build
ing where the laundry now is locat
ed. His busine&s has steadily i
creased until to-day he is establishes*
iu a large handsome brick store, aai
employs no less than 16 clerks in
his mammoth establishment.
Mr. Taralseth has a family con
sisting of wife, two sous, Heury anil
I Ralph Taralseth, and one daughter,
Miss Lena Taralseth. He has long
beeu a member of the Board of Edn
cation, and is at present treasurer or
the district. In all matters affecting:
the welfare of the city he takes a*
jttetire pam y-- rv
i Horace Maun, the father of pop
lar elucuiou, said many years ag*
that "A public library iu a town is
as necessary as the little red school
house." That the people of Warren,
old or youiig, shaU not want facilities
for storing Hlieirinmds with useful
va free public library has
been established in connection with
the High School. Upwards of a
thousand volumes, in all depart
ments of literature historical, bio
graphical, scientific are on the
shelves, :uid new ones are being add
ed from time to time.
Secret and fraternal organizations
are well represented at Warren,
i among them being the Masons, East-