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Marshall County Biographies


Calvin Warnica, one of Marshall county's substantial pioneer farmers and the proprietor of a fine farm in Vermillion township about three miles east of Frankfort, is a native of the Dominion of Canada, but has been a resident of this county since pioneer days, having come to Kansas with his mother, widow of a Civil War veteran, who came here from Michigan and became a Marshall county homesteader in 1873. He was born at Berry, near Toronto, July 20, 1853, sixth in order of birth of the seven children born to his parents, Joseph G. and Melvina (Denrure) Warnica, natives of New York state, the former of whom was of German descent, who had settled in Canada after their marriage. In a biographical sketch relating to William D. Warnica, elder brother of the subject of this sketch, presented elsewhere in this volume, there is set out at some length further details of the history of the Warnica family that will not need to be repeated in this connection, the attention of the reader being respectfully invited to that sketch for additional information. Suffice it to say that Joseph G. Warnica was a carpenter, who moved with his family from Canada to Michigan in 1857 and established his home in the vicinity of Grand Rapids, where he was living when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted his services in behalf of the Union and went to the front as a member of the Michigan Engineer Corps, in which service he lost his life. His older sons later came to Kansas and became pioneers of this part of the state. In 1873 the Widow Warnica and her three younger children, including the subject of this sketch, then twenty vears of age, came to Kansas and homesteaded a tract of land five miles west of Frankfort, in this county, where she established her home and where she died three years later.

Calvin Warnica was but a child when his parents moved from Canada to Michigan and in the latter state grew to manhood. He was but ten years of age when his soldier father lost his life and as the older children grew up and started out for themselves he continued to stay with his mother and when she came here and entered her homestead he remained with him, helping to develop the same. He later homesteaded an eighty-acre tract of his own and after his marriage in 1876 established his home there, remaining there until in 1892, when he sold that place and bought his present farm in section 18 of Vermillion township, where he since has made his home. In addition to his home farm of one hundred and ninety-seven acres Mr. Warnica is the owner of a farm of two hundred and thirty-six acres in Morris county, this state.

In September 17, 1876, Calvin Warnica was united in marriage to Joan Osborn, who was born in Knox county, Illinois, October 4, 1856, daughter of Robert and Betsy (Roundtree) Osborn, natives of Kentucky, who came to Kansas in the latter sixties and settled in this county, locating on the farm on which Mr. and Mrs. Warnica are now living, Robert Osborn becoming one of the substantial pioneers of that part of the county. Mr. Osborn died in 1893, at the age of seventy-one years, and his widow is now living at Frankfort at the age of ninety-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Warnica ten children have been born, namely. George E., who was a soldier during the Spanish-American War, a member of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and who is now living at Junction City, this state, where he is engaged as a carpenter: Oscar N., who died when thirty-one years of age: Robert A., who died at the age of four months; Charles C, a farmer of Vermillion township; Emma, who died at the age of fifteen months: Winifred, who married P. Skadden and is living in Wells township: Edna, wife of H. T. Harper, of Colorado; Walter R., who is engaged in the offices of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company at Topeka; Leroy, of Frankfort, this county, and Geneve R., a graduate of the Frankfort high school, who is at home with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Warnica are members of the Christian church and have ever taken a warm interest in local good works. Mr. Warnica is a Republican, and ever since coming to Marshall county in the days of his young manhood has given his earnest attention to local political affairs, a consistent exponent of good government.

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