With the 19th century approaching, two men by the names of Ephriam Quinby and Richard Storer, who resided in Washington County, Pa., in 1798 explored and set their eyes on the beauty and rich soil that was situated on the Mahoning River.
The story goes that in the fall of 1798, Quinby bought 441 acres of land from the Connecticut Land Company for $3.63 per acre. That area was named Warren in honor of Moses Warren, who was a surveyor and was also a member of the original Connecticut Land Planning Company.
Warren originally surveyed this area of the Connecticut Western Reserve and was quite instrumental in the arrival of Christian believers who settled on this prized land that had abundant water, fertile soil and mineral deposits.
Quinby and Storer returned to Pennsylvania and were very excited by the new lands and returned with their families to settle. That particular land that Quinby purchased was the professional downtown business area in present-day Warren. One of the many reasons for settling in the area must have been the salt springs, which were located close to present-day Niles in Weathersfield. This area was well-known to the white man by the middle of the 18th century. In the Indian language, the name Mahoning, or Mahonic, means "at the salt lick."
All animals and humans need salt. Some of the earliest local trails were merely paths to a place where animals could lick the salty water and the ground.
The Indians boiled the salt water until evaporation produced salt. The white men were also very delighted when they, too, discovered a source of salt, which was a much needed commodity. The settlers used salt for curing animal hides and preserving meat. Salt was either carried over the mountains from the east or made from our local salt springs.
The salt-making process was quite easy and required little work which was filling kettles with the salt water and heating until the salt formed into crystals. The only hard part was constantly filling the kettles and supplying wood for the fires to heat the kettles.
Many other families followed Quinby and Storer to the new settlement of Warren, and by 1800, the population had grown to 100.
The Mahoning River was a big part of settlers choosing this new site. The river begins its journey in Columbiana County, close to present day Alliance, and then flows north some 25 miles.
Between Leavittsburg and Warren, the river flows in a wide sweep and turns toward the southeast. The river itself in this Township 4, which also received the name of Warren, was bordered by elevations leading to fertile lands and fields.
The river grows much larger through five counties in eastern Ohio. Those counties are present day Columbiana, Stark, Portage, Trumbull and Mahoning and Lawrence in Pennsylvania. The Mahoning then teams up with the Shenango in western Pennsylvania to form the Beaver River and then flows into the Ohio River.
Trumbull County was established on July 10, 1800, with Warren as its county seat.
When any history of Warren is written, one must specifically mention in some detail the great pillar of justice that stands at 161 High St. N.W. This temple, which by now you have guessed is the Trumbull County Courthouse, is one of beauty and can be seen throughout the city of Warren.
This is the third actual courthouse to occupy these historic grounds at Warren's public square. There was a disastrous fire on March 25, 1895, that destroyed the second county courthouse.
The present courthouse cornerstone was laid on Nov. 28, 1895. The materials used in that impressive exterior were referred to as Amherst sandstone. It has a copper roof, and the courthouse bell weighed in at 1,500 pounds. The courthouse was dedicated on May 10, 1897.
There is much history in this great courthouse as suffragist Susan B. Anthony had offices here, and the great Clarence Darrow argued cases in this court.
There have been many people of fame who at one time claimed Warren as their home, including famous songwriter Stephen Foster. Hart Crane was a major poet in the 1920-30s era, and also poet Kenneth Pachen called this area home.
Another notable Trumbull County resident is Bill White, Major League Baseball star who won seven gold gloves as a first baseman and was National League president. NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield is from Warren, as is Leon "Red" Ames , who was a major league baseball player, who pitched in 533 Major League games.
Other notables from this area include author Earl Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan, and, of course, the famous Packard family, the Perkins family, and artists Kenyon Cox , John W. Bell and John Crawford.
I am sure there are many more famous Warren residents that you can think of.
This has just been a glimpse of Warren history.