|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1877|
|Death: ||May 9, 1933|
Source: Chicago and Its Makers (1929): Ezra J. Warner II was 22 years old when in 1899 he began to work for Sprague Warner & Company, the wholesale grocery that his father had started 37 years earlier. In 1918 Warner became President of that company, headquartered in Chicago.
At the age of twelve Warner was taken abroad by his parents and for two years travelled in summer and attended school in Dresden, Germany, in the winter months. On returning to the US in 1889 he entered Lake Forest Academy [Lake Forest, IL](1895). He graduated from Yale (1899). Warner began work as an office boy and by 1902 was elected a Director and made Secretary of Sprague Warner.
On November 26, 1902, Warner was married to Marion Aline Hall, the only daughter of Frank G and Eliza C Hall of Lake Forest, IL. Their children were: Marion (m1 Mrs Thomas C Dennehy, Jr, m2 William Press Hodgkins), Ezra III (married to Rosamond Moore), and Jane (Mrs Edison Dick, Jr.).
Warner served as chairman of the local Red Cross in Lake Forest, Minute Man, and worked constantly in Liberty Loan drives during WWI. Sprague Warner, because it was in the essential business of distributing food, was limited in its profits during WWI by the American Food Administration.
Warner was known for his skills as a negotiator during labor strikes. In one instance he acted as mediator between the Musicians Union and the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association.
Warner was a Trustee of the Chicago Bureau of Public Efficiency, the YMCA, and the Symphony. He was also a Director of the Northern Trust Company and the Sunday Evening Club. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee and a governing life member of the Chicago Zoological Society.
Ezra Joseph Warner (1910 - 1974)*
Lake Forest Cemetery
Created by: Rommy Lopat
Record added: Apr 15, 2008
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