In my last post on Warner’s Compound, I included a copy of the circular, which referenced Warner’s Remedies Company located in Warren, Pennsylvania. Now, I have been collecting Warner’s Safe Cures going on forty years and have never heard that the American Office of Warner’s Safe Remedies Company was located anywhere other than Rochester, New York.
After 1893, the ownership changed hands and H. H. Warner went on to attempt some other patent medicine startups (e.g. Nuera Remedy Company and Warner’s Renowned Remedies), but they were independent of the Safe Remedies Company.
It seems that the Warner Remedies Company may have endured a bit longer than I had thought. It has always been conventional wisdom that the Remedies Company faded into oblivion by the mid 1940’s. The Warner’s Compound circular was the first evidence I have ever seen of an alternate location. Which begs the question, as Paul Harvey used to say, “what is the rest of the story?”
I was intrigued by this tidbit and checked with by source for “all things Warner,” Jack Stecher. Jack confirmed that he was unfamiliar with the Warren, Pennsylvania connection. Well, if Jack Stecher doesn’t know, it’s not known. With a little bit of internet research, I was able to solve the mystery. Warren, Pennsylvania appears to be a small hamlet in the far western part of the state near Lake Erie. In the April 25, 1947 edition of the Warren Times Mirror, the following article appeared:
It seems that an otherwise unidentified local entrepreneur from Warren purchased the remaining assets of the Warner Remedies Company and moved them lock, stock and barrel to western Pennsylvania. The article has clear errors, including the statement that the company had done business in Rochester since 1890. It would be more correct to say since 1879. I could find no additional articles on the Warren Office of Warner’s Remedies Company or how much longer it continued to exist. Only time will tell.