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WARNOCK, George (1864-1924)


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Date: 8/28/2020 at 22:51:02

George Warnock
(April 12, 1864 – November 29, 1924)

Ida Grove Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Feb. 9, 1882, p.5
MARRIED – Feb. 8, 1882, at the residence of A. E. Smith, officiating clergyman, Mr. George Warnock and Miss Alice Warren, both of Battle Creek, Ia.

Battle Creek Times, Battle Creek, Iowa, Thurs., May 15, 1884, p.1
Garfield Shavings – Mr. George Warnock was compelled to resign his position on the rail road at Sioux City on account of sickness. He has returned home and now contemplates erecting buildings on his farm in section 19.

Maple Valley Era, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., June 5, 1884, p.2
Garfield Gatherings [Garfield Township of Ida County, Iowa] – Mr. George Warnock has built a fine residence on his farm. Mr. W. has, during the last few months, improved in health very much.

Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., June 26, 1884, p.3
Garfield Notes – The trustees met last Monday and appointed George Warnock, road Supervisor in district No. 4.

Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., March 26, 1885, p.2
Garfield Township – George Warnock made a trip to Carroll last week.

Battle Creek Times, Battle Creek, Iowa, Thurs., April 25, 1895, p.1
George Warnock, of Lincoln, Nebr., spent Sunday in town [Battle Creek, Iowa], the guest of his brothers.

Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Jan 21, 1897, p.3
Word was received here Monday of the death of Mrs. George Warnock, who died in the hospital at Lincoln, Nebr., from the result of an operation. Her remains arrived on the 12:50 p.m. train Wednesday and were taken to the home of Dr. Warnock [George’s brother, Dr. F. B. Warnock of Battle Creek], where a short funeral service was held, Rev. Haskell officiating.

Ida County Pioneer, Ida Grove, Iowa, Wednesday, February 28, 1912, p.6
Brother of James Warnock
When the Illinois Central fast mail train known as The Cannon Ball was wrecked at Greenville Junction, Miss., on Feb. 8th the engine turned over. Dave Jones, the fireman was killed and George Warnock badly scalded and injured. The injured man was one of the early settlers of Garfield Township and farmed there [for] many years. He is a brother of James Warnock of Battle Creek and is remembered by many Ida County friends. Warnock is one of the oldest and best engineers on the Illinois Central and his a fine record.

Battle Creek Times, Battle Creek, Iowa, Thurs., December 11, 1924, p.1
A Useful Life Ended
George Warnock, Y & M. V. Engineer, Succumbs
It is almost impossible for friends and relatives alike to realize that George Warnock is no more. Born in Dubuque County, Iowa, on April 12, 1861, he came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Warnock, to Ida County in the year 1871. It was here that he grew to manhood and all who ever knew him cannot but remember his magnetic personality and wonderful physique. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Alice Warren, who preceded him in death in the year 1893 [1897]. Soon after his marriage he took up locomotive engineering, following this profession for a period of 28 years. His first experience as a railroad engineer was in the mountain district of Colorado, where he narrowly escaped death when his engine and entire train was wrecked by a mountain land slide. In this instance he was pinned under his engine and almost scalded to death by escaping steam from the wrecked boiler. He was later transferred to the south, where he was soon recognized as one of the foremost locomotive engineers in the United States. As a certain proof of Mr. Warnock’s prowess, as recognized by the railroad company, he was given the most important engineer’s trust of the entire south – the driving of the giant locomotive that pulled the “Cannon Ball” Limited, a position which he held with highest honors until the time of his retirement.
Several months prior to his death Mr. Warnock suffered a nervous breakdown and this earthly frame, once so strong and powerful, tottered and crumbled. Ever an influential factor for justice, he enjoyed the companionship of his fellow men. He had a ready greeting for all, loved to meet friends and acquaintance and talk over various problems of the day. He was considered a dependable advisor among his fellow engineers and being broad minded and liberal in his opinion, he held the respect of his many acquaintances who sincerely mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted by Dean I. H. Noe at the residence of McDowell Monteverd, 531 Vance Ave, Memphis, Tenn. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 30th. Interment was made in Forest Hill Cemetery. The surviving relatives are three sons, Ernest, Arthur and Jessie, one daughter, Frances, five brothers, David and James of Battle Creek, Dr. F. B., Wm., and L.L. of Sioux City.


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