Joseph Alonzo Warren

Joseph Alonzo Warren

Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Jun 1903 (aged 88)
Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot 3-2-SW
Memorial ID 79258819 · View Source
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He Lived Here Since 1839, and in the
Same House for Sixty-Two Years.

The funeral of Joseph Alonzo Warren, the well know and highly-respected citizen of Wauwatosa, who died Wednesday afternoon at his home a little west of the city, at the advanced age of 88 years, will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the Congregational church, Rev. A. R. Thain will officiate.

Mr. Warren was born June 17, 1815, in Grafton, Worcester county, Massachusetts, and was thrown upon his own resources at the age of 14. He learned the carpenter's trade and worked at it in his native town and in Roxbury, Mass., until 1830, when the western fever infected him and he came to what was then known last the Territory of Wisconsin. Here he purchased 80 acres of land in section 26 of the town of Wauwatosa, from a squatter who had secured it from the Indians. No other change in the tile has ever been recorded.

He returned to Massachusetts that year and in 1841 brought his family here, built his home on the property which he had purchased and lived continuously on the farm the remainder of his life. There his children were born and there he endured the privations and enjoyed the pleasures of pioneer life. There, at last, he passed away, knowing no other home than the one endeared through the association of so many years.

For several years he engaged in his trade as carpenter and builder and erected many buildings in and about Wauwatosa. In later life he devoted his time to farming.

Mr. Warren possessed a wonderful memory, and in his old age was fond of telling of the scenes and incidents of his early life, recalling with great exactness names, dates and circumstances, recollections of the simple pleasures of the hardy pioneers, and reminiscences of the hardships endured by those sturdy men who wrought a great city from the wilderness, were favorite topics in his declining years.

On celebration of his eighty-eighth birthday, a week ago, a number of his old friends called on him and he talked of the old times and the changes he had witnessed in his long residence.

Mr. Warren was married in 1837 to Sarah Potter, who died in 1843. In 1844 he emarried Harriet F. Green, who died in 1899, at the age of 81 years. He is survived by three children, Mrs. Maria S. Hayden of East Hartford, Conn., Miss Carrie G. Warren of Wauwatosa and John E. Warren, manager of the Cumberland paper mills near Portland, Me. Twelve of his grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren are now alive.

He was one of the founders of the First Congregational church of Wauwatosa, and an earnest worshipper at its services until a few weeks before his death.

He was elected a deacon in 1851 and continued active in the affairs of the church until prevented from acting by his great age. Mr. Warren was a member of the Milwaukee Pioneer association. Interment will be at Wauwatosa cemetery. (Wauwatosa news, Saturday, 27 June 1903, page 9)

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