Warner, Luther C. (2nd)

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Birth

Luther Chistopher Warner[1]was born in April 30, 1894[2], the son of Arthur Haswell Warner (25 DEC 1862 - 28 MAR 1938)[2] of East Berne[3] and Minnie Bell Osterhout (16 AUG 1863 - 7 AUG 1931)[2]. Luther was probably named after his uncle, Luther Charles Warner, and usually had "2nd" after his name to distinguish him. His brothers and sisters were:

Education

Mr. Warner is well known in this vicinity, having spent four years here while attending the Altamont High School, of which he is a graduate[3]. He attended district school in East Berne, and was graduated from Altamont High school, class of 1913, receiving an award for the best declamation at the graduation exercises. His fourth year of college – he graduated from Iowa State College in agriculture major, and was supervisor of the Farm at Bedford Hills.[1]

Occupation

He was an office employee of the D. & H. railroad for three years. (1913-1916). He was supervisor of the Farm at Bedford Hills. He returned to Altamont and was associated with the General Electric Company, and graduated from the G. E. training course. He joined the company in 1923 in the cost department. In 1929, he was appointed cost section head in the Transmitter division, and in 1938, he became general supervising clerk in the accounting division. He was elected national director of the National Association of Cost Accountants in 1945, and in 1948 was appointed assistant of the supervisor of the Personal Division. He retired at the mandatory age of 65.[1]

Military Experience

He enlisted in military service and was sent overseas in 1916 – as an American citizen in military service in the French Army in World War I with only nominal pay. When the U. S. entered the war, he was transferred to the U. S. Army and was associated with men from Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. –a unit known as “Section Sanitary Unit No. 14,” They were ambulance drivers on the battlefields. On July 15, 1918, Luther sustained several back injuries when a shrapnel burst in a wheat field where he was on duty. He recovered after months of convalescence in an army hospital only to go back to the battlefield. He was later discharged with a “Croix de Guerre” medal.[1]

Marriage & Children

On Nov. 11, 1922 Luther Christopher Warner married Margaret Kirk (February 6, 1896[6][7] - February, 1975[6]) of Altamont,[1] who survived him, at St. John's Church, Altamont, Albany, NY. Margaret Kirk was the daughter of James E Kirk (March 1855[7] - August 26, 1919)[8] and Aurena Albright (June 1864[7] - August 4, 1951).[9].

WARNER-KIRK WEDDING AT ALTAMONT NOV. 11

Miss Margaret Kirk Becomes Bride of Luther C. Warner. Ceremony Performed by Rev. A. A. Frederick at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Miss Margaret Kirk, daughter of Mrs. James E. Kirk of Altamont, and Luther C. Warner of Bedford Hills, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Warner of Altamont, were married at 6 o'clock Saturday evening, Nov. 11, in St. John's Lutheran church, Altamont. The single ring service was used and the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Arthur A. Frederick.

Mrs. Richard Kirk of Altamont was matron of honor, and Miss Marion Gardner of Mamaroneck, L. I., maid of honor; Miss Ruth Timm of New York and Miss Melva Lainhart of Altamont, bridesmaids, and little Miss Ruth Brooks of Boston. flower girl. Malcolmn Campbell Law of New York was the best man, and Hunter Holding of Albany and Chester A. Warner of Altamont were ushers. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Richard Kirk. She wore a gown of white crepe trimmed with Duchess lace, and the tulle veil fell to the end of the train from a coronet of rare lace, a family heirloom. The bride carried a shower bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley.

After the ceremony a reception took place at the home of the bride’s mother.

A special pre-nuptial musical program was rendered by Miss Leah E. Mynderse, organist of the Morningside Presbyterian church, New York city, who presided at the organ, assisted by Prof. Claude J. Holding, violinist, of Albany, and Miss Mary Monroe, soprano soloist, of Boston.

The organ and violin numbers included Gounod's "Ave Maria," "Adoration," "To a Wild Rose” and Lohengrin Processional. Miss Monroe sang "Beloved It Is Morn.' "Her Love Song," and "Wedding Day."

Miss Kirk is a graduate of the Milne High school and also attended the New York State College for Teachers. Mr. Warner, a nephew of the late County Clerk Luther C. Warner, is a graduate or the Altamont High school and of Iowa University at Ames. Iowa. He is a World War veteran, having served two and one-half years overseas with the Ambulance corps of the French army, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre while serving with the American forces.

After a wedding trip to Washington and the South, Mr. Warner and his bride will reside in Bedford Hills.

Among the out of town guests who attended the wedding were: Justice Harold J. Hinman and Mrs. Hinman, Mrs. Luther C. Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Warner. Dr. C. A. Hochstrasser and Mrs. Hochstrasser. Dr. H. Judson Lipes and Mrs. Lipes, Dr. Frederick Crounse and Mrs. Crounse, Mrs. Frank Ferguson. Guy Ferguson, Miss P. Anne Barrett, Prof. Claude J. Holding and Mrs. Holding, with their sons, Hunter, Reynolds and William Holding; Miss Lena Young and Mrs. Frederick Easton of Albany; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ammerman, Richard Ammerman, Miss Elizabeth Ammerman. of New York: Mrs. G. Hobart Brooks. Hobart Brooks and Miss Ruth Brooks, the Misses Mary and Mildred Monroe of Boston, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. John E. Pulver of Newark; Miss Dorothy Lysaght of Springfield, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Z. A. D. Strevell. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Willsey, Elbert Gallop, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Warner, Elias Warner and Mrs. Elmina Witter of Berne; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Gallup. Mr. and Mrs. George B. Gallop and Miss Fannie Haswell of Schenectady

Altamont Enterprise - November 17, 1922

Death

Luther C. Warner, 2nd, died March 16, 1974.[1][2]

Obituary

Warner Dies at 79; Resident 50 Years

Luther C. Warner, a resident of Altamont for more than 50 years, died Saturday, March 16, after an illness of several months. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Kirk; a sister, Mrs. Ella Willsey of East Berne; also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held from the Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. James K. Hilton, pastor of St. John's Lutheran, church, Altamont, officiating. Interment was at Fairview cemetery.

Luther Christopher Warner was born April 30,1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Warner of Warner's Lake. He attended district school in East Berne, and was graduated from Altamont High school, class of 1913, receiving an award for the best declamation at the graduation exercises.

He was an office employee of the D. & H. railroad for three years. He enlisted in military service and was sent overseas in 1916 – as an American citizen in military service in the French Army in World War I with only nominal pay. When the U. S. entered the war, he was transferred to the U. S. Army and was associated with men from Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. –a unit known as “Section Sanitary Unit No. 14,” They were ambulance drivers on the battlefields.

On July 15, 1918, Luther sustained several back injuries when a shrapnel burst in a wheat field where he was on duty. He recovered after months of convalescence in an army hospital only to go back to the battlefield. He was later discharged with a “Croix de Guerre” medal.

His fourth year of college – he graduated from Iowa State College in agriculture major, and was supervisor of the Farm at Bedford Hills. He returned to Altamont and was associated with the General Electric Company, and graduated from the G. E. training course. He joined the company in 1923 in the cost department. In 1929, he was appointed cost section head in the Transmitter division, and in 1938, he became general supervising clerk in the accounting division. He was elected national director of the National Association of Cost Accountants in 1945, and in 1948 was appointed assistant of the supervisor of the Personal Division. He retired at the mandatory age of 65.

On Nov. 11, 1922 he married Margaret Kirk of Altamont, who survives him.

At an early age he joined the East Berne St. John’s Lutheran church. On April 24, 1924, he became a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church, Altamont, but remained an honorary member of the East Berne church. At the Altamont church, he was a member of the church council for several years, and served as lay president of the congregation.

Mr. Warner was a 50 year member of the Berne Lodge 684, F. & A. M. He was also a long-time member of Noah Chapter 284, R. A. M. Altamont, and served a term as the chapter’s high priest.

Altamont Enterprise Friday, March 22, 1974

Additional Media

Luther C. Warner - WWI Letters Home

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Luther C. Warner, 2nd wounded by hun shell

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Warner of East Berne, who enlisted as ambulance driver last year, wounded in France on July 15

Word came to Altamont Wednesday afternoon by telegram from the war department, Washington, stating that Luther C. Warner, 2nd, had been slightly wounded by shell fire while in the discharge of his duties as ambulance driver on the battle front in France. The telegram was transmitted by telephone and sent to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Warner of East Berne. The telegram read as follows: "Regret to inform you that your son, Luther C. Warner, 2nd, was slightly wounded by shell in France July 15."

Mr. Warner is well known in this vicinity, having spent four years here while attending the Altamont High School, of which he is a graduate. He enlisted last year as an ambulance driver and left July 23 for France. He has had numerous thrilling experiences during his year's work in the war zone, and his letters home, several of which have been published in the Enterprise, have been exceedingly interesting. One of these letters was printed in the Enterprise of July 12.

Mr. Warner's many friends in this county are relieved to know that his wounds were not serious.

Altamont Enterprise - Friday, July 26, 1918


Luther C. Warner, 2d, Home

Luther C. Warner, 2d, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Warner of East Berne, arrived home last week, after nearly two years in France, during which time he was an ambulance driver in the American Field Service. At the time of his enlistment Mr. Warner was student at Cornell University. When in France he worked under the supervision of the French government. He was wounded on July 15, 1918, during the second battle of the Marne. For courage and fearlessness under fire he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre, a much coveted honor among Americans.

Mr. Warner is a well known resident of this vicinity, having attended the Altamont High School for four years, from which he was graduated in 1913. His many friends will be glad to welcome him home.

Altamont Enterprise - Friday, May 9, 1919

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Warner Dies at 79; Resident 50 Years. Altamont Enterprise. March 22, 1974
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Berne, NY - Family Files. www.BerneHistory.org
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Luther C. Warner, 2nd wounded by hun shell. Altamont Enterprise. July 26, 1918
  4. Raymond Warner Obituary. Altamont Enterprise. Decmber 4, 1964
  5. Ella Belle Warner Willsey Obituary. Altamont Enterprise. December 22, 1988
  6. 6.0 6.1 Social Security Index - www.Ancestry.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 1900 United States Federal Census - www.Ancestry.com
  8. James E. Kirk, Prominent Citisen, Died on Tuesday. Altamont Enterprise. August 29, 1919
  9. Mrs. Kirk, Widow of Former Village President, Dies. Altamont Enterprise. August 10, 1951.