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Leon Warner residence, alterations
Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Minneapolis, Minnesota  910

Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1910

Job Date (in Parabiographies): February 24, 1910


"Jews are Like That"

This was a sleeping porch on the back of Leon's big barn of a frame house, a building operation of no consequence, but I cannot pass this operation without a tribute to Mr. Leon Warner. He was another example of "one of those Jews" who are an asset, both practical and spiritual, without whose personality and work any community would find itself immeasurably the poorer. He was proud of his business, the Warner Hardware Company, and conducted it on sound ethical principles toward both employees and customers, with a pride in his building, the arrangement of his store and merchandise.

He gave his time unselfishly, serving on public committees of all kinds. He was a handsome six-footer, brown eyes, high forehead, genial and good natured as a friend and companion. He loved to keep in close contact with his customers, and built his business against their reactions. No matter how busy, he always tried to spend an hour or so behind the counters, handing out tacks and kitchenware, or trying on skates and skis with the children. With all of his large business interest and his public services, he never seemed to be in a hurry--always ready to stop and chat.


   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.4]
research courtesy mark hammons