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Friday, July 20, 2012

A Gentleman Takes Off His Hat: Leonard Monroe Warner, Goldendale, Washington, 1892



Most cabinet cards are a standard size, 4 1/2" X 6 1/2", but this one is a bit unusual in that it measures 5 1/4" X 8 1/2".  It was taken at the Rifenburg and Murphy Studio and while there is no location listed on the card, I learned that this studio operated out of Medford, Oregeon until March of 1893 when the partnership between the two photographers was dissolved.  Later that same year, Riffenburg moved to California to mine for gold 1.

But the photograph gives us a good clue towards dating the image.  It reads on the reverse, "8 years Leonard Monroe Warner."  It was found with a second photograph of Lucinda Jane Parshall Warner (Janey Warner) taken at the Flanary Studio in Goldendale, Washington, as well as an incredibly cute picture of Leonard's younger sister, Esther Warner, when she was about two or three years old taken at the Eli F. Miller Studio in Goldendale.

With this information I found fifteen-year-old Leonard M. with his parents Melville and Lucinda Warner, and his younger brother Lester, living in Goldendale, Klickitat, Washington at the time of 1900 Census 2.  Leonard's WW1 registration card lists his occupation as auto mechanic and provides a birthdate of 22 September 1883.  He is married to Mary L. Warner and they live at 498 Ainsworth 3.

His WW2 registration card provides a different birth year, 22 Sept 1884.  His wife in 1942 is Hattie F. Warner and his occupation is Federal Guard, Port of Embarkation with the US Government 4.

Leonard Monroe Warner died on the 3rd of February in Portland 5.  His is buried in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland 6




1 Southern Oregon History Revised, website, http://id.mind.net/~truwe/tina/timeline.html
2 "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMPK-RVL : accessed 19 July 2012), Leonard M Warner in household of Melville M Warner, ED 118 Goldendale, Goldendale City, and Number 4 Precincts Goldendale city, Klickitat, Washington, United States.
3 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, citing original record Registration Location: Multnomah County, Oregon; Roll: 1852146; Draft Board: 9.
4 U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010; Original Record Group Number: 147; Archive Number: 563991; Box Number: 132
5 Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000; citing Oregon State Library; Death Index 1942-50; Reel Title: Oregon Death Index Km-Z; Year Range: 1942-1950.
6 Leonard M Warner (1884 - 1946) - Find A Grave Memorial

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