Captain Alexander Horn managed the ships "Hokar" and "Cato" traveling between New York, New Orleans, and the British Isles from 1809-1812. He is the oldest family member in the collection. It is presumed he died in 1817 when his ship was lost at sea. Captain Horn's son, Alexander Horn, was born in 1814 in New York City. He married Mary Ann Simmons who was born in 1817 in New York City and adopted by Alexander's aunt and uncle. The pair married on December 31, 1834. Together, they had at least three children: Mary (b. 1841); Henry (b. 1850); and Caroline Matilda. The family moved from New York to Springfield, Missouri where they lived for about ten years before making the grueling trip to California. Their daughter Caroline Matilda married Ephraim Hatch and they had a daughter, Minnie Louisa (b. 1862). She was raised by Alexander and Mary Ann as their child and was even given the surname Horn. The identify of her real birth parents was kept a secret from her, and it wasn't until later in life, after she married Charles Clifton (C.C.) Warren that she learned the truth. Charles Clifton Warren (C.C.) was born in 1859 in Portland, Maine to Charles Denison Warren and Susan Knight Barber. In 1862, the family moved to California because his father developed consumption and the doctors advised him to move to a milder climate. The California climate did not help and Denison died in 1867. Shortly thereafter, his mother remarried her husband's brother, Henry, and the family moved to Stockton. C.C. and Minnie were married in 1882. In 1883, after the birth of their first child, Leslie, they moved to Pomona. For thirteen years C.C. worked at various jobs in Pomona, Claremont, and Cucamonga, purchasing and selling numerous ranches. All along, C.C. was most interested in the orange and lemon business. Finally, on February 3, 1896, C.C. bought 143 acres of land in Glendora. On that land, he planted 80 acres of orange and lemon trees from which he created a successful business. During this time he founded the Glendora Irrigation Company in which he served as President from 1906-1929. C.C. was instrumental in bringing proper irrigation to the Glendora area and was credited with doing the first cyanide fumigating in Southern California. In addition, he served as Vice-president and Director of the First National Bank at Glendora. About 20 years before C.C. died he began having spells while asleep. Some doctors believed he has epilepsy, but were never fully sure. C.C. died from a spell at his home on June 3, 1941. Minnie died in 1955 at the age of 93. C.C. and Minnie had 5 sons - Leslie, Mavro, Hal, and Herbert (Bert). Leslie A. Warren was born in 1883 in Stockton, CA. Like his father, Leslie was also interested in the citrus business. He was a charter member of the Sunkist organization for ten years, President of the Glendora Citrus Association for 27 years, President of the Independent Water Co, and Director of the Lemon and Orange Growers Association of San Dimas. He also helped develop the Inter-Community Hospital in Covina and was a director until his death. Since 1955, Leslie lived at Claremont Manor with his wide, Goldie Vienna Zumwalt. He died in August 1971. Throughout the years, the Warren family has played an integral role in the development of the city of Glendora and made it a leader in orange and lemon production.
Scope and Content
The Manuscript series is arranged alphabetically and contains appointment books, diaries, family histories, and speeches written by various family members. The oldest items in the collection belonged to Captain Alexander Horn. One item is a seaman's journal which tracks the voyages Captain Horn made between New York and New Orleans and between New York and the British Isles from 1809-1812. The other is a photographic copy of the Horn Log that contains original correspondence with Trinity Church, New York, the National Maritime Museum, and the New York Public Library which help authenticate the Warren and Horn families' relationship to Captain Horn. The appointment books were kept by the Warren family from 1897 to 1906, the diaries were kept by Minnie Horn Warren later in life, from 1932 until the time of her death in 1953. There is one diary that was kept by C.C. in 1913. The appointment books and diaries often track the day-to-day activities of the family and document the weather and its impact on the orchards. The family history entries were written by various family members including Leslie A. Warren, C.C. Warren, Minnie Warren, Goldie Zumwalt Warren, Alexander Horn, 1814-1905, and John H. Zumwalt, later in life. John H. Zumwalt was the grandfather of Goldie Zumwalt Warren, the wife of Leslie Warren. In his manuscript John recounts his family's journey to California in 1854. The speeches were written by Leslie A. Warren and were presented at the fiftieth anniversary of the San Dimas Orange Growers and Lemon Growers Association. The Correspondence series is arranged alphabetically by author and spans from 1815 to 1906. Most of the letters revolve around Alexander and Mary Ann Simmons Horn, the grandparents of Minnie Horn Simmons. The series contains letters from various family members and friends including Mary Ann's brothers William Simmons and George Kellogg, Alexander's grandmother Margaret Lorton, his brother Abraham Lorton, and his cousin John Lorton. Correspondence discuss Alexander and Mary Ann's move to Springfield, Missouri, the weather in New York, the health of the family, the untimely death of Abraham Horn in 1841, the birth of Alexander and Mary Ann's daughter, and the family members in New York sharing their desire to move back to the city so that the family could once again be reunited. The Ephemera series contains the daily expenses, receipts, and financial records kept by C.C. and Minnie Warren from 1898-1909. Both photographs and negatives of C.C., Minnie, their sons Mavro, Hal, and Herbert dating from 1906 to 1936 can be found in this section as well. There is also a small wooden box made by Alexander Horn, a Holy Bible belonging to him, his will dated 1815, and a marriage certificate between Mary Ann and Alexander Horn dated December 31, 1834. Lastly, there is an abstract of title to land in Los Angeles paid by Stoddard Jesse, et al (1888), a Christmas card from Cora Hatch Johnston, and a note to Mary Ann Simmons from her mother (1833).
The Warren family papers document four generations of both the Horn and Warren family from 1809 to 1960. The Warren family papers are arranged in the following series: 1. Manuscripts (Boxes 1-6); 2. Correspondence (Box 7); 3. Ephemera (Box 7) 4. Oversize (Box 8).