Stamford Jeweler for 47 Years
by Karen Cuccinello - posted here October 21, 2016
Adelbert M. or A.M. Warner was a jeweler and watchmaker on Main Street from 1870 to 1917. He was born May 14, 1849 on the Warner homestead on the hill just above the village. His father was Asa. H. (1805-1887) and grandfather Asa who came from Woodbridge, CT in the early 1800's. His mother was Julia Maria Stoutenburg (1819-1885). He married Anna Simonson Howard on May 8, 1872. Anna was born in the house at the corner of Main St. and Mountain Rd. on February 18, 1852, to Leverett and Lydia (Simonson) Howard. Adelbert and Anna had four children: Hope D. (1874-75); Lamont A. (1876-1970), Mary (1880-1968) and Julia M.(1887-1906).
Adelbert was a Village trustee for a number of years starting in 1874 (the Village was incorporated in 1870). All of the Village officials at that time were democrats and temperance men. He traveled across the Atlantic Ocean at least three times 1882, 1884 and 1889, the first trip was by himself and the second two with his wife; he listed his status as gentleman and the last trip as a merchant. He, referred to as Del, often went hunting and fishing in Schoharie County.
November 8,1883 (Gilboa Monitor)- The trowel used to lay the corner stone for the new Episcopal Church at Stamford was a fine piece of workmanship, of solid silver and made expressly for the occasion by A.M. Warner.
An 1888 Stamford Mirror advertisement- A.M. Warner, Sole Agent of Stamford, for the sale of the Globe Spectacle and Eye Glass.
He usually had a clerk or apprentice living with the family. First was Byron Brewster, Guy W. Stewart, Maurice Fanning and Theodore H. Sachs, who married his daughter Mary in 1903. Both Stewart and Sachs, that I know of, opened their own jewelry stores in other areas.
An advertisement in the Stamford Mirror in 1893 stated; Just Received the Largest Importation of Silverware ever Brought into Stamford- A.M. Warner.
December 1896 (Gilboa Mirror)- A.M. Warner has a US 5 dollar bill dated 1779, it was recently found between the leaves of a book.
March 1902 (Otsego Farmer)- Lamont Warner, of Stamford, who is employed as designer by a Syracuse furniture firm, engrossed on parchment real sheepskin, the speech made by the mayor of Syracuse to Prince Henry of Germany. (Lamont became quite a famous artist, professor and art teacher)
Miss Julia Warner died at her residence of bilious fever in 1906, age 18.
From the 1914 Official Automobile Directory of NYS- License number 68896 belonged to Adelbert M. Warner for his Ford.
1917 Village of Stamford Assessment Roll- A.M. Warner has a store on Main St., and a property and a lot on Liberty St.; he paid $62.00 in taxes for all three parcels. This same year he sold his store to Albert Sitzer.
December 1923 - Mrs. Lamont Warner died at home in Brooklyn.
Adelbert died February 25, 1925 and Anna December 31, 1929. His whole family is interned in the Stamford Cemetery.