HUGH W. WARNER, of the firm of Smith & Warner, Cooksville, is a native of Champaign County, Ohio, and the
fifth child of Levi and Ann (Huffman) Warner, also natives of the Buckeye State, where they were married and lived
until the spring of 1850. They then removed west to Illinois and located in Martin Township, this county, where
the father and mother died. Their eight children included three boys and five girls. Hugh W. was born Jan. 11,
1839, and pursued his early studies in the subscription schools of his native county until eleven years old, when
his parents made the removal West.
Mr. Warner remained an inmate of the parental home until he reached his majority. In August, 1862, after the outbreak of the late war. He enlisted as a Union soldier in the 94th Illinois Infantry, remaining in the service three years, and receiving his honorable discharge at the close of the war. After leaving the army he returned to this county and engaged in farming pursuits until 1883. He then went into the lumber trade at Cooksville, in company with David Horney, with whom he operated for two years following. They then sold out and Mr. Warner purchased a one-half interest in the mercantile business of William L. Smith, and they have operated since then under the style of the firm as above given. They carry an ample stock of merchandise and enjoy a lucrative trade. Both members of the firm are wide-awake, enterprising and courteous in their dealings with their patrons and friends, and occupy an important position among the business interests of the community.
Mr. Warner was married in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 28, 1867, to Miss Ann, the daughter of Harper and Margaret (Janes) Powell. Mrs. W. was born in Ohio, Feb. 7, 1841, and by her union with our subject became the mother of two children, Minnie M. and Alonzo. Mrs. Warner is a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Cooksville. Mr. Warner is Republican in politics and belongs to the Masonic fraternity, Lexington Lodge No. 482.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 587. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.