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                                     JULIUS M. WARREN
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 337-339

JULIUS M. WARREN, only son of Daniel Warren, a pioneer
settler of Du Page County (see biography elsewhere in this
volume), was born in Fredonia, New York, June 13, 1811,
being the first white child born in Chautauqua County.  He
became a member of the New York militia, in which he
attained the rank of colonel.  With the family, he came to
Du Page County in the autumn of 1833, and spent the balance
of his life there.  He was a very genial and
happy-dispositioned gentleman, and early became a favorite
in society.  A recent writer in the Chicago Herald speaks
thus of the society of that day:  "The society of all this
region, including town and country, forty-five years ago,
had its attractive seat and held its principal revelries in
the valley of Fox river.  'The best people' that came out
from the eastern states to settle in this region did not
stop in Chicago, but made for the magnificent farming lands
in this vicinity.  Some came from central and western New
York, where they had seen families of the aristocracy plant
themselves and flourish on the fat lands of the Mohawk and
Genesee valleys. To clear off timber and reduce those great
farms to productivity, had taken half a century of time and
had exhausted the lives of three generations.  This was
known to the new emigrants, and as they heard of or saw
these Illinois lands, bare of obstinate trees, but clothed
with succulent grasses, of nature's sowing; in a climate
that possessed no torridity, nor yet any destructive rigors;
all this being known before-hand, many refined and
cultivated families came out with all their effects, and
bought or entered land and proceeded to make themselves
homes, which, they had no doubt, would be homes to them for
their natural lives."

Mr. Warren had a keen sense of humor and was always amiable
and cheerful, which made him a favorite in all circles.
Instead of disapproving the amusements of the young people,
he always had a strong sympathy and interest in their
pleasures.  He was the constant attendant of his sisters,
and often laughingly mentioned them as seven reasons why he
should not marry.  He was also devotedly attached to his
mother who was justly proud of her only son.  Together they
kept house until her death, when he induced his nephew to
bring his family to live on the old homestead at
Warrenville, where he continued to reside.  He passed away
on the first of May, 1893, his last words being, "Take me
home to my mother."

In speaking of Colonel Warren and the village of
Warrenville, we again quote from the Herald: "He called in a
storekeeper, a blacksmith, a cooper and a carpenter, and a
tavernkeeper came in good time.  Naperville was a smaller
village, having but two log houses.  Aurora scarcely had a
being, and St. Charles was not.  But all along the banks of
the Fox river were settlers of a high class, who had
knowledge of and correspondence with the eastern portions of
the United States.  Foremost among these was Judge Whipple,
who, acting with the Warrens, father and son, organized and
gave direction to local affairs.  They were without postal
facilities of any kind, and every family had to send a
member into Chicago for letters and papers.  A letter from
Buffalo to any place on the Fox river was from four to six
weeks in coming, and to Chicago cost fifty cents postage.
Colonel Warren making use of eastern friends, got a
postoffice (the first in the valley) established at
Warrenville in 1833, and himself appointed postmaster.  He
was his own mail-carrier, making weekly trips, on foot some
times, to Chicago and out again, with letters and papers for
distribution through his office to people in all that
section.  Colonel Warren held this office for fifty years,
and only lost it when President Cleveland came in the first

Although chiefly self-educated, Colonel Warren was a
thoroughly well-read man, and was admirably fitted for a
leader in politics, as well as in society.  He represented
his district for three successive terms in the State
Legislature, from 1840 to 1843, but refused to longer remain
in public life, preferring the quiet joys of his home and
neighborhood to anything the capital or metropolis might
offer.  He continued to manage the large homestead farm
until his death.  He was a loyal adherent of the Republican
party, having espoused its leading principles before its

The following incident will indicate the kindly nature of
Colonel Warren and his noble mother, as well:  A young
lawyer of Chicago, now known throughout Illinois as the
venerable ex-Chief Justice of the State, John Dean Caton,
fell sick of fever while staying at the log tavern in
Naperville, one of the two buildings of that village.
Hearing of the case, Colonel Warren went at once to see what
he could do to render the sufferer comfortable, and soon
decided to remove him to his own home, where he could
receive better nursing than at the little frontier tavern.
This probably saved the life of the patient, who attributes
his recovery to the careful nursing of Mrs. Warren and her
daughters, with such aid as Colonel Warren could apply.  The
last-named saw the completion of his eighty-second year,
full of humor and harmless badinage to the last, and died as
the result of an attack of pneumonia, after an illness of
only two days, leaving as an inspiration to those who come
after the record of a well-spent life.

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