An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima and Kittitas Counties, Interstate Publishing Co., Chicago, IL., 1904
MELVILLE M. WARNER, and expert blacksmith of Goldendale, was born in Marion county, Illinois, May 20, 1861, the son of William J. and Nancy (Powell) Warner. His father, who is of German parentage, was born in Ohio, April 15, 1834. He early removed to Illinois and thence in 1865 to Nebraska, where he followed his calling, that of a farmer, for a period of ten years. He then migrated to California, and made his home there for nearly three and a half years. In the summer of 1878, he moved north into Oregon, and the following year came to Klickitat county and settled twenty-five miles west of Goldendale, where he resided ten years. He then went to Wenatchee, and there he still lives. His wife, who was also of German extraction, was born in Iowa on the 6th of October, 1833. She was married in Illinois on the 11th of August, 1853, and became the mother of two children, our subject and Mrs. Rosa A. Drips. of Portland. She passed away in Klickitat county, in 1881. Melville M. was educated in the public schools of Oregon, to which state he had come with his father at the age of fourteen. He remained with his parents until twenty-one, but upon reaching his majority, he took up a homestead near Hartland, Washington, and upon it he lived for seven years, in which time he placed over a hundred acres of the land in cultivation. He had learned the blacksmith's trade when a young man, and in 1890 he moved to Goldendale and bought a half interest in his present shop, forming the firm of Fenton & Warner. The partners ran the shop for four years, then Mr. Warner bought Mr. Fenton out, and he has since continued to run the business alone.
Mr. Warner was married in Klickitat county, March 18, 1883, the lady being Lucinda J., daughter of Chester and Lucinda J. (Kistner) Parshall. Her father is of English parentage. but was born in Michigan. in 1831. Crossing the Plains to California in 1850, he followed his trade there, that of a butcher, for a number of years, also was engaged in mining and in the freighting business. In October, 1878, he came to Klickitat county from Oregon, where he had lived a little over a year. Locating at Hartland, he resided there until 1895, when he moved to North Yakima. At present he lives at Toppenish. While in North Yakima, he had the misfortune to lose his wife, who was a native of Illinois, born in 1841. Her father, a harness maker, was of German extraction, as was also her mother. The family crossed the Plains with ox teams in 1855. Two years after her arrival in California, she was married, though only sixteen. Mrs. Warner was born in San Jose, California, August 15, 1866, and was educated in the California and Klickitat county schools. A few years after her marriage she learned the dressmaker's trade. She has three sisters and three brothers living, namely, Mrs. Caroline C. Shearer, now at Wilbur, Washington; Mrs. Mary Varker, at North Yakima; Mrs. Gracie Berry, in The Dalles, Oregon; Lyman, Wilbert and Asa, all in North Yakima. Mr. and Mrs. Warner have two children, namely, Leonard M., born at Hartland, September 22, 1884, now living at Wasco, Oregon, and Esther V., born in Goldendale, November 21, 1895. Fraternally, Mr. Warner is connected with the Masons, the I.0.0.F., the K. of P., the Woodmen of the World, the Order of Washington, and the Eastern Star. He is past noble grand of Goldendale Lodge, No. 15, 1.0.0.F., and past chancellor of the K. of P. Mrs. Warner belongs to the Eastern Star, the Rebekahs and the Rathbone Sisters. Mr. Warner has been in the city council at four different times. In politics, he is a Republican. Besides his business in the city, he owns two hundred and forty acres of land twelve miles east of Goldendale, of which one hundred and eighty acres are in cultivation. An expert at his trade, he is considered by some the best blacksmith in the city, while as a man and a citizen his standing is most enviable.