Mark Warner in Red Cloud, Nebraska
Although Mark Hodges Warner was born in Michigan and was a pioneering settler of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, an important part of his life was spent in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
He moved to Red Cloud in about 1872 at the age of 21 with his brother Joseph Clark (Joe) Warner.
In 1875, Mark bought the local newspaper the Red Cloud Chief for $300. The paper was new – just 2 years old – and ” focused on the development of this heavily rural community” (find out more about the history of the Red Cloud Chief here).
“Across the river southeast of Red Cloud was another family of handsome girls. Cap. Munsell was the father of that bunch. Mark Warner went that way wisely and well and today he is living at Whittier, California, and Sarah, who was Munsell, is his wife and the mother of a fine family.” – excerpt from the Red Cloud Chief, 4 Aug 1921, page 8 (see full piece below)
Farming & Pioneering
After just 2 years at the paper, Mark Warner sold the Red Cloud Chief to M. L. Thomas in 1877 and focused on his farm and family.
In 1893 Mark and his family struck out for the frontier and settled in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
Red Cloud Chief articles about Mark Warner
Mark Warner Visits Red Cloud
Mark H. Warner, on of the former editors of this paper, and one of the pioneers of the county, has been in the city a few days. Mr. Warner settled in this county in 1872.
His brother Joseph C. Warner was the first real hotel man of the city, the builder of the Valley house.
In 1875 Mark, who was then a comparatively young man, bought the Chief from C. L. Mather, the first owner and editor. Mr. Warner was wholly without newspaper experience at the time. He had never set a stick of type, nor written anything more pretentious than a letter. However, the times did not require a signal display of editorial ability, and there was a competent type-setter in the office, know as “Curley”. It did not take Mr. Warner long to familiarize himself with the business, and the Chief of those days was not unworthy of its general history.
The purchase price of the paper, at that time was, we are informed, $300. In 1877 Mr. Warner sold out to Mr. Thomas, and having married in the meanwhile, went upon his farm south of the river, and soon became one of the leading farmers of this vicinity. His homestead was the land now owned by Mr. Barlow. In addition he owned two or three adjoining quarters.
In 1893 Mr. Warner removed to the Big Horn country where he has made his home ever since. He has served the government as a forest ranger in that part of Wyoming, and his own particular locality as a county commissioner.
He is extensively interested in horses and cattle, and it was a shipment of cattle to Omaha that was the occasion of his present visit to his old camping grounds in Nebraska, where he was gladly greeted by the old times, who knew him only to respect and love him.
— From the Red Cloud Chief, 13 Nov 1913, page 4
Mark Warner as Red Cloud Chief Editor
The paper thrived to some extent but the editor was a wanderlust and moved away. Whither or where I never knew. Whether he sold it or left it to creditors I do not know, but the next to take it up was a little printer with curly hair, named Roy Burris, but was always called “Curley,” and that tall sycamore Mark Warner. “Curley” was a hot favorite among the girls and Mark was well received also when he went out.
Mark was Deputy Sheriff or something and had some other duties as well, as his partner ran the paper when he was not visiting the girls. Up the river at the mouth of Walnut Creek lived the family of Tom Jones, now long since gone to his reward, and in that family were a lot of as pretty girls as one will see anywhere. “Curley” was a frequent visitor up that way when he could cross the river, as, be it known, there were few bridges at that time. “Curley” did not marry into that Jones family, however, and I do not know what did become of him.
Across the river southeast of Red Cloud was another family of handsome girls. Cap. Munsell was the father of that bunch. Mark Warner went that way wisely and well and today he is living at Whittier, California, and Sarah, who was Munsell, is his wife and the mother of a fine family.
Editorial honors did not last long with these two young blades and soon there came down from near Cowles a man named M. L. Thomas. His first name was Merv. and he was a farmer but natural newpaper man writer. He got possession of the Chief and from that minute it went ahead. People used to hang around on press day waiting for the paper to see what Thomas had to say, and Thomas always said it well.
— Excerpt from the Red Cloud Chief, 4 Aug 1921, page 8