Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     WILLIAM J. WARNER, the pioneer settler, of "Warner's Flat," near Mission, Chelan county, is a "Buckeye," born in Fairfield county, Ohio, April 15, 1834.  His parents, William C. and Christina (Stoneburner) Warner were natives of Virginia, descendants of the most prominent families of a decidedly aristocratic state.  The father was an active participant in the war of 1812, and was in the battles of Craney Island and Sackett's Harbor.  He died in Illinois in 1865.  The mother passed away in 1870.
     Until he was seventeen years of age our subject lived in Ohio, worked on a farm and attended the public schools.  Later he moved to Iowa, thence to Illinois, and after the death of his father he went to Nebraska where he remained ten years.  Subsequently he was in California three years and then for eighteen months in Albany, Oregon.  The following nine years he passed at High Prairie, near The Dalles, and then he came to his present home, near Mission.  This was in 1887.  He cultivates forty acres of land, has an orchard of ten acres, shipping about one thousand boxes of fruit annually.  He has one brother living, Lafayette, residing at Portland, Oregon, and one sister, Filiena Kagy.
     On March 1, 1854, our subject was married to Miss Nancy Powell, a native of Iowa.  She died at High Prairie, Oregon.  On February 27, 1885, at Walla Walla, Washington, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Amelda Brian, nee Rea, a native of Pennsylvania.  Her father, Joshua, was a Pennsylvanian, a member of an old Quaker family of English descent.  Her mother, Mary (Lower) Brian, was born in Pennsylvania, of Dutch ancestry.  Mrs. Warner has five sisters, Anna Vogan, Selinda E. Cooper, Margaret Wirt, Kate Laird and Lucy Paget.
     Mr. Warner has two children by his first wife, Melville M. and Orilla, wife of Jefferson Dripps, a horse dealer in The Dalles Oregon.  His second wife has four children living, Annie, wife of Logan Rayburn, of Acton, Los Angeles county, California; Maud, wife of Clark Struthers, Walla Walla, Washington; Stella married to William Cross, Wenatchee; and Virgil Brian, an only son, living on a farm adjoining his father's property.  Mr. and Mrs. Warner are members of the Church of God.  Politically he is an Independent.
     Our subject was among the first white settlers of this district, and they saw no white women during the first five months of their location.  His family is highly esteemed by all with whom they are associated, and he is a popular citizen.