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
iorloru and deserted place, but to a
live, bustling, progressive and pros
perous town. It is not our purpose
nor is it possible iu this brief article
to give an exhaustive description of
Warren and surrounding country,
fcwdt rather in a few rapid pen sketchhas
es to set forth some facts, which it is
hoped, will enable the reader to form
a fairly accurate idea of the resources
:ad advantages and kind of people
have here. If this sketch will
contribute a little to that end, its ob
ject will have been attained.
Warren, the county seat of Mar
Ahull 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
ih town of Warrenton, congressional
township 155 north, Range 48 west,
mad section 36, is the city located.
*Jie 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
er-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 atteution of homeseek
re, and people came in large num
Jters to secure the free government
lands about Warren, now made more
accessible by the railroad, and to
pen up farms. -The settlers needed
to purchase supplies of vnrious kinds,
and thus a lowu sprang up in the
wilderness. Tlie settling of the coun
try, therefore, gave rise to the town,
and the rich, well cultivated farms,
stretching in all directions, still fc$m
the back-bone and solid support of
Warren. It is not founded on sand.
The country tributary to it is thesea
reaui of the Bed 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 Wlfeat flar-
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:
ftaeet Warren! loveliest city of the plain,
Where health and plenty clioor tllC 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, thrift}',
honest, energetic, public spirited and
enterprising. Through their efforts
the commanding social, commercial
and political importance of the town
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 Agassis, in remote
ages, possesses a soil, a deep alluvial
deposit, that surpasses in fertility
ha of the.famous vallev of the Nile.
The^unty is of i^tangula?^Bape
72 miles by "2^, 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 portionJf, near
Thief Luke, about 1,175 feet above
the sea. Warren is 853 feet above
level, Argyle 845, Stephen 827,
St. Vincent 787. -V
Marshall county has now 36 organ
ized townships, and a number still
unorganized, 86\^school districts,
28 post offices, three thrifty and
Stephen*' and a.nun^f'oT^MIlfjPf
s^vBy the census of
1895 the population i: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 lefy,
but those who want it must not delay.
Railroad land and improved faring
at no great distance from Warren
can still be purchased cheap, t
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 order 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 schwl of
Warren is well known^ The manage
ment of the educational a (Fairs is iu
the hands of competent persons, and
the corps of instructors employed
comprise a list of teachers of acComstock.-Y
knowledged ability aud 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
willfitthem admirably for the active
duties of life."1"
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 ventilateJ.
The superintendent of the e",tv
schools is Wm. Angus, A. B., L. L. B.
He is a graduateof theSt ite University
of Minnesota, a teacher of many
years'experience in the school room,
and as an instructor iu teachers' in
stitutes. 4/The following is the per
sonel of the other teacher: Mis.
Edna O. Pawcett, assistant principal
Miss Susie K. Easton, piin
teacher Miss FreJa S amies HI, Miss
Kittie Haven, Miss Nettie Solum,
Miss. Edna Tennison, Miss Fannie
grade teachers. 7^-
The Board of Education consists of
the following gentlemeu: W. K.
Powell, president J. P.Mattson,
secretary K. J. Taralseth, treasurer
A. Orindeland, W. F. Powell and
Dr. G. S. Wattam.
C. S. Hull, City Recorder.
The subject of this sketch was born
iu Gibson county, Indiana, in Irjoti.
Came to Marshall county iu lfcjSl,
and engaged in farming in town of
Was elected Judge of
Probate iu'"l890, and re-elected iu
1892 and 1H04. He has held the of
fice of city justice four years, and
1 .si spring was elected city recorder.
Mr. Hull is a mighty Nimrod, and
lias assist el taxidermist Brown in
making a collection of native birds
ami. animals of Minnesota. He is a
useful and respected eitiseu.''
The religious wants of the people
of Warren are supplied by a number
^.WARREN MIOH SCHOOL BUILDING.
o* chu'dics, nu.I uiauy of the church
buildings an* handsome structure1*.
The following is a list of the differ i I
cut ng-. 'lf
Fiv*t M*ihiMlit Episcopd c'uurch
W K. T^PMIS. I'.i^u-^ W^Mm^''
vi.vu/i T..,4i... i... ...i.. S1!^
K. J. TARALSETIL
Norwegian Lutheran church L.
M. SKUNE3, "Pastor.
Swedish Mission church P.M.
Scandinavian Methodist church
K. WINBBBO, Pastor.
New Court House.
Marshall Count e-Wiiui: a lag.
with nuiitj of lixnrisoim* co'i^t hii'ise and j:iil ihi-
\e.i\ We ha i iute'iiied to et hail
i 4 i i 'p \r i I""
Presh%tm.iu church- *J.. F,M ,t'n cuts of these h-tildiiufs but on.
4. *$&*%&?'tkH^^PW^H i'
K. J. Taralseth,
one of the prominent and successful
business men of JWaxreu, was born HI
Norfjord, Norway, in 1847. He
came to America in 1872. and for a
time followed the carpenter trade.
Iu the spring of 1882, he came t
Warren and established a general
merchandise afore iu the little build
ing where the laundry now is locat
ed. His business has steadily in
creased until to-day he is establish*!!
iu a large handsome brick store, ant
employs no less than 16 clerks i
his mammoth establishment.
Mr. Taralseth has a family con
sisting of wife, two sous, Henry anil
i Ralph Taralseth, and one daughter,.
Miss Lena Taralseth. He has long
been a member of the Board of Kdn
I cation, aud is at present treasurer &
i the district. In all matters affecting
the welfare of the city he takes a*
^five plBr?. ^^u^^\
Horace Mann, the father of popa
jlar elucition, said nistuy 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, sjiaJBluot want facilities
for storii*gMhrrinrads, with useful
knowledge, Vfree public library has
been established"iu connection with
the High School A Upwards of a
iu all depart-
ment of literature historical, bio
graphical, scientific are on the
shelves, and new ones are being add
ed from time to time.
Secret and Fraternal Or?aa
Ui ,J J*.itisF or
the p-ent tim\ tin-^(Kleru
fraternalu organization.swarrenia '"P'^aeuws
are well represented at Warren,
imon thi.m Mnff tW-Vi* v~
ou tne oeiu tne Masons Kast
Kebeka^, Woodmene,] Royal Neighbors
Kuighls of Honor, Maccabees and
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