Born August 8, 1864, Warner was a pioneer doctor
and organizer of the first Boy Scout troop west of the Mississippi,
Lone Star Troop No. 17 in 1912. Dr. Warner moved to Armstrong
County in the Texas Panhandle after graduating from medical school
on May 31, 1897. For many years,
Warner was the only doctor in Armstrong County. He
often traveled as far as thirty-five miles from Claude in all types
of weather to call on patients. His buggy, drawn by his horse, Old Scarleg, was often a welcome sight to the residents of isolated
farms and cow camps; later, beginning in 1908, he made his house
calls in a one-cylinder Cadillac.
Warner was said to have delivered over 2,000
babies during his thirty-five years as a physician. In 1909 he
erected the two-story Warner Building, which housed his office and
drugstore, a barbershop, and the facilities for the Claude News. The
second floor was used intermittently as a public reading room and
lodge hall. The structure remained a familiar landmark in Claude
until March 4, 1915, when it was burned. Warner is most famous as
the organizer of Lone Star Troop No. 17, the first Boy Scout troop
west of the Mississippi, in 1912, only three years after the
movement came to America from England.
remained active in community affairs until his death at an Amarillo
hospital on July 31, 1934. He was buried in the Claude Cemetery.