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“Sammy” The East Texas Country Boy Workaholic

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Parental Portrait for Christmas



The East Texas Country Boy




Samuel E. Warren, an east Texas country boy, had his own style in life. In appearance, this Capricorn man was meticulous about his dress. In the era before “Wash and Wear”, he had his dress shirts taken to the cleaners to be ironed and pressed. He wore a tie bar to keep the starched collar of his shirt down. He taught his son, Sam Junior, “how to tie a Windsor knot” to wear a neck tie. His dress shirts had French cuffs, which usually had a matching tie clasp in his personal jewelry box that contained his business jewelry. In his 40s and 50s, he usually wore a stockman’s Stetson hat. In his youth, like many men of his era, he wore a more traditional business fedora, like in this studio portrait. My father believed you should, “Dress For Success.”



by Samuel E.Warren Jr.


Samuel E. Warren had the blond crew cut and blue eyes. He stood six-feet and one inch. Middle age gave him a weigh in the area of around 200 pounds.


His pressed western shirts and creased denim jeans were the visual confirmations of military service – His civilian clothes had the appearance of a military uniform.


He earned two “Silver Stars” in World War II.


I never heard daddy speak of the war to anyone. Momma told me that through the years, he had talked to her about the things that happened in the war.


Black cowboy boots, the “Lady’s Head Liberty Silver Dollar” in the brown western belt and the diamond Masonic ring identified him as, “Sammy” to his friends and family.


He loved his Chevrolet and GMC pickups. Daddy’s traditional gray stockman’s Stetson hat, western shirt, boots and denim jeans, identified “Sammy” as a Texan through and through.


Sammy could be considered shy in social situations. He preferred to listen rather than speak. My Scorpio Uncle Leo, an oil company executive, usually led the conversations between the family men. Uncle Audrey will smile and interject humor into the discussions. Daddy would listen and might on occasion add a comment or two.


Papa” Warren loved to talk and tell stories. “Mama” Warren, had polio, which forced her to use a crutch. She was quiet natured and seldom raised her voice unless it was at something “Papa” Warren said. Daddy, obviously, inherited Mama Warren’s quiet side.


Aunt Bill, Daddy’s eldest sister had an award-winning smile. She had a big heart for kids and animals. Her laugh was loud, definite, and would echo throughout a room.


In Houston, or east Texas, Momma and Aunt Bill would go grocery shopping together and run household errands. They were more like sisters than sister-in-laws.


My Scorpio “Aunt Pet” always seemed distant to me. Aunt Bill and Uncle Audrey had no children of their own, but, “Aunt Bill” never missed an opportunity to spoil me and I always enjoyed the attention.


In Texas in the late 1950s and early 1960s, kids were still expected to be seen and not heard. In a room of adults you never knew if you were an extra end table or an unfinished robot.


Papa, Mama, Aunt Bill and Uncle Audrey always made me feel like a welcomed miniature adult. Uncle Leo liked to scowl and tease me, Daddy expected me to act like “daddy’s little man.”


Momma had briefed me on “Southern protocol” from an early age, so I could be a “kid”, but, I always had to be respectful and polite around my adult elders. I never had to worry because I was never off Momma’s “mother radar.”


Most definitely, “I am a Momma’s boy.”


Daddy was an East Texas country boy, who grew up on the farm. I heard stories that as a young boy he worked in the cotton fields and sugar cane fields of east Texas.


Momma said daddy worked as a short haul trucker making runs from Gilmer. Tyler, Kilgore, Gladewater and Mount Pleasant until Uncle Sam “drafted” him to fight in World War II.


Yellowed V-mail correspondence from east Texas revealed one girl back home in Thomas, Texas, during World War II, had an interest in my father. The attractive brunette, dressed in a navy blue sailors’ suit dress even posed for a photograph of her standing by an old Ford ton and a half stake truck.


Uncle Sam “drafted” Sammy and sent him to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for “boot camp.” After basic, Uncle Sam shipped daddy out to the European Theater of Operations and later to the Pacific Theater of Operations for World War II.


Thanks to the United States Army Signal Corps, daddy put some of the first land line telephone lines in the Philippines and picked up the skills of an electrician, during the war.


After the War, Daddy got on out at Cameron Iron Works in Houston. He worked part-time, which meant, most nights for George Cook as a bartender or bouncer at “Cook’s Hoedown Club.”


Later, he worked part-time at the “Dome Shadow,” a club near Houston’s famous Astrodome.


Daddy liked to talk to people, but, he spoke low and sometimes didn’t finish his sentences as though he just got tired of talking and stopped.


Lodge work” excited Daddy. He would get excited about the humanitarian activities of the Reagan Masonic Lodge, his lodge. He looked forward to getting the monthly issue of the magazine in the mail. He kept his Masonic apron in the elegant locked glass bookcase in the living room.


Daddy proudly displayed framed photographs of himself and his lodge brethren on the furniture in the living room.


Besides the Masonic Lodge, daddy the reserved Texan, only showed emotion if he got mad. He cussed. Then, of course, his message was distinct and crystal clear. Daddy was not a skilled communicator and usually let momma do the talking in social situations.


He had the “hard work” ethics of Americans of his generation. A Capricorn, daddy definitely embodied his Zodiac sign because he worked hard all his life and everything he ever got he earn by elbow grease and the sweat of his brow.


Capricorn rules earth, real estate, agriculture and basically, anything to do with land. Daddy grew up on the farm. He served in a major global war of human history that changed the borders and infrastructures of nations for generations and his job at Cameron’s was to supervise an ore taken from the earth being turned into liquid to be poured into dies to create tools.


One factor astrologers point to about the sign of Capricorn is that people born under the sign usually have to work hard all their lives. Daddy did


Sammy loved to spend the money he earned. His philosophy of finances was,“You can’t take it with you.”


While daddy’s carefree financial philosophy has merit on the surface; it doesn’t work in the long haul. To live bold without a regard for cost means you have to be making a ridiculous amount of money each day or you will have to be a “workaholic” most of your life.


After World War II, Samuel E. Warren always had a “part-time” job, in addition to his regular job until his death in 1978.


Daddy worked too hard; he never took the time to enjoy his life. The true irony is he never made the opportunity or took the time to truly enjoy the money he earned.




Hat Links


Samuel E. Warren, my father, loved his hats. From the time I was a small boy, I remember my father wearing a Stetson. It was a gray western hat with a small brim that was called, “The Stockman.”





Samuel E. Warren, my father, and my uncles, Leo Greene and Audrey Irwin were “Texans”, who in the 1930s and 1940s usually wore a hat. There was the dress “Zoot Suit” style for Friday and Saturday evenings with a wide brim and there was the more traditional everyday business hat, which was known as a “Fedora.”




Opal M. DeLong Warren, my mother, worked as the chief waitress at the Cook’s Hoedown Club in Houston, Texas. The dress code for the club required the women to “dress western.” The white hat of momma’s uniform came from the American Hat Company.


Samuel E. Warren, my father, also had a white western hat and a black western hat from the company. Inside all the hats was a humorous name card the size of a post card. It listed the person’s name on the card. The words at the top of the card stated: “Like Hell, this is your hat ! This hat belongs to:”


The American Hat Company

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October 29, 2012–Taurus Full Moon

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The Full Moon


October 29, 2012

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The Full Moon for October 2012 is October 29. Hallelujah !

New Moons and Full Moons are energy moons. New Moons in astrology symbolize “New Beginnings.” Thus, if you want to start a “new project” find an almanac and look up the next “new” moon.

Full Moons obviously are energy moons because on the night of a full moon, if you are standing outside, there is usually more than enough light to see by and to be able to do things by. If you live in a city, then, city lights and buildings may complicate the Full Moon’s light.

Nature’s Night Light

In the country on the night of a Full Moon, you can stand out in the yard without a flashlight and see things easily.

Of course, humankind has had centuries and generations to come up with a wealth of folklore about the Moon. Luna is a name for the Moon. The word, “lunatic,” ssentially means “someone who has been out in the moon too long.”

Whether you believe in astrology or not, police departments around the world know that on the night of a “Full Moon” it seems all the “crazies” come out to play.

Hospitals know on the night of a “Full Moon” to batten down the hatches and have “the troops on standby” because the maternity ward is about to get busy as babies start to arrive.

Global military history shows time and again, The Night Of The Full Moon is not the night to carry out any type of military action. Quite simply, “it is too easy for the bad guys to see you moving in to take them out.” There is too much light in the night.

Pump Up The Power Of The Universe

Since October 2012’s Full Moon is roughly around 48 hours before Halloween, the Universe has the “battery cables connected to charge up this Halloween.”

Party time !

Halloween Party Organizers the Universe is ready to “fire up the energy of the Universe”, so, now, you have the Universe on your side.

Get ready to host one of those parties than can become “legendary.” The kind of legendary party that when you become a grandpa or grandma, you can smile and tell your grandkids,

The Halloween Party Of 2012. Now, that was a party!”

Happy Birthday, Sue Gideon !”

Incidentally, Sue Gideon, Happy Birthday !

In elementary school in Abesville, Missouri, Sue Gideon was one of my classmates. Sue always had her birthday, the day before I had mine. Whereever you are on the planet, Sue, when October 29 arrives, I wish you a “Happy Birthday !”

My Astrologers

My Grandmother, Martha Lou Marcum DeLong and Sydney Omarr ar my favorite astrologers.

Grandma had her “Ladies Birthday Almanac” and “read the signs” to know when to plant crops and deal with livestock.

I began reading Sydney Omarr books I checked out of the Stone County, Missouri Library as a boy. Throughout my life, I would always buy the Sydney Omarr “Scorpio” books for the year to see what was in store for Scorpio.

Both Grandma DeLong and Sydney Omarr have left The Real World. But, the information that I learned from them about astrology is still practical to me and my everyday affairs, regardless where I am in the world.

I Miss My “Dell Horoscope”

Postal delivery systems aren’t as reliable as email, so I know longer get my “Dell Horoscope” monthly magazine. I really miss that magazine. It had an almanac that you could use for business, farming or “on duty” in the military. Whether it was the “best day to set a fence post” or the “best day to sign the re-enlistment papers”, I could flip to the almanac pages and decide when to do important things.

Plus, “Dell Horoscope” always had some amazing articles about how some events in history were overloaded with astrological warning signs that people ignored.

Some articles even suggested that astrology could really be a help in detective work when the usual Real World leads go cold. I was one ot those people, who loved to go to the mailbox and find my latest issue of “Dell Horoscope” waiting for me.

Magazine Moments

In the Philippines, I can go online and visit the “Dell Horoscope” website and I do. I’m, kind of old school, Ilike to be able to curl up on the divan with a book and read it or study it. I like to be able to flip back and forth through the pages. I take a pencil or pen and underline sentences and make notations in the margins of the page.

Computers and printers are wonderful, but, sometimes you just want to be able to jot a note on a page or underline a word or phrase, without wondering if the power to your screen is going to go off or if some nit noy pop up ad is going to interfere with your reading.

In the Philippines, I have yet to load any of my fancy-smancy “astrology programs” on my computer because I simply have not taken the time. Usually, when I have an astrology issue in mind I visit the Starcats website.

Taurus Full Moon October 29

The Old Farmer’s Almanac website told me October’s Full Moon would be on the 29th. But, in order to find what “Sign The Full Moon” would be in I had to go to the Darkstar Astrology website.

The October 29 Full Moon will be in Taurus. To get technical, it will be six degrees into Taurus. I’m not a mathematician or a navigator, so I don’t really compute the overall significance of the degrees. Plus, the Universe is a big front yard, so movement of planetary bodies really are not fast.

Starlight Hobby

Astrology has always been an interesting hobby for me. In my understanding and research of astrology through 50 plus years, this means the Full Moon of October 29 is going to be a lot of “determined” energy.

Tenacious Taurus

Taurus is a “stubborn” sign. I’ve dealt with many Taurus people, in my life, and a Taurus person – “is stubborn.”

Everyone, regardless of their sign, likes to be “right.”

People born under the Sign of Taurus, seem to have an obsession, where “they have to be right all the time about everything.” In my experience, when a Taurus is “wrong,” they will never admit it.

The way I “win” an argument with a Taurus person – I walk away.

I realize I am not “immortal.” I don’t see the logic of spending minutes and hours debating over a minor issue.

I had a close Taurus colleague in the U.S. Air Force. He was a great guy, but, he is a Taurus. Thus, if you ever disagreed with him, then, he would debate and argue a point of view for minutes on end.

It never mattered, who was “right or wrong.” The issue always seemed to be “The Taurus Factor,” which is a “Taurus has to be right all the time, regardless, or the circumstances.”

All the Zodiac signs have their positive and negative attributes. In my experience, Taurus people are convinced, “Taurus Is Always Right.”

Fixed Signs

In Astrology, Taurus, an Earth sign, Leo, a Fire sign, Scorpio, a Water sign, and Aquarius, an Air sign is all the Fixed Signs. People born under a “Fixed Sign” tend to be stubborn. We are slow to change out point of view. It is in our nature.

People born under the other Zodiac signs, which identify them as Cardinal or Mutable, tend to be more able to “roll with the punches” and be ready “to try something to see if it works.” Fixed signs are a lot less “fluid” in their views and approach to Life. I believe Taurus, an Earth sign,probably deserves their own special pyramid because it seems only the sand of the ages can change a Taurus’ mind, once they have decided this is the way it is.

A Taurus Earth Day

Taurus is an Earth sign, which indicates that October 29 should be a good day for gardeners and people who make their living working with the earth.

Real estate agents might want to take a second look at the day’s agenda. Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn, which rules agriculture and real estate.

One aspect of the day puts the Moon in opposition to Saturn, which translates to closing a real estate deal on October 29 will probably not be an easy matter.

Farmers be careful in doing your chores because that stubborn “bull” energy of the Universe is not going to be in the mood to work with the “sure-footed goat energy” of Capricorn, since the Moon will be at odds with Saturn.

It might be a really good idea to make sure “hard work” and “manual labor” chores that have to get done should probably be done earlier in the week.

Farmers might just want to do “pittle”chores today that does not involve heavy lifting or heavy equipment around the farm.

Saturn The Taskmaster

The Full Moon in Taurus, you should find October 29 to be a day with the energy of the Universe is pushing you ahead to get things done. It should be a day of positive, determined energy moving you forward.

One of the aspects of the day states that the Moon will be opposite Saturn. Saturn in astrology is “The Ultimate Father” and the “Play By The Rules Administrator.

Saturn allows people to have and enjoy “success,” but only if they are willing to “really” work for it. Saturn is the Universal task master, Saturn cuts “no one any slack” and “grants no breaks.” Saturn makes sure you “keep your nose to the grind stone.”

Full Moon Halloween Party – October 29 ?

Thus, if you have a Halloween party planned for October 29, the Taurus energy will push you to get things down,

Saturn will warn you that you have to get things done in plenty of time. No short cuts. Don’t expect last minute changes to work out.

Saturn likes to remind people “Life is about planning and doing the job; and not ‘winging it” or trying to “do something off the cuff “or “on the fly.”

Since the Moon is opposite Saturn, make sure if you are planning a Halloween party for the Full Moon of October 29, to have everything planned in plenty of time to have the party because since Saturn is in opposition to the Moon, Saturn is going to be a real “by-the-book bureaucrat” that will make sure you do things the right way and in plenty of time.

Since Saturn is looking over your shoulder, remember, three words: “Plan. Plan, Plan.” Once you have your plan, then, follow it. Life, of course, deals unexpected changes. It always helps to keep in mind, a degree of flexibility, is almost always essential in making any event a success.

Moon Trine Pluto

On the plus side, the other big astrological aspect of the day is the Moon is trine Pluto. A trine is favorable, thus, the Moon and Pluto, will essentially be on the same page for the activities of the day.

Mars and Pluto rule the October November Sign Of Scorpio, thus, you will have one of “The Universal Power Brokers,” a planet, in your corner for the day’s activities. Since Pluto is one of Scorpio’s rulers, it would “behoove” Pluto to allow his planetary children to “party on down.”

The Moon in astrology always represents “The Woman.” Therefore, with Lady Moon and Power Broker Pluto ready to party – Serious Saturn should take a “chill pill” and relax. . . at least, a little.

Taurus, of course, being Taurus – and an astrological financial sign – will keep a firm grip on the budget and make sure that the family fortune is not wasted on the expenses of hosting a single Halloween Party.

Daily October Forecast

This October is only a few days old. You might ask, “What about the days up until the Full Moon of October 29 ?”

There are many websites where you can enter in the data and get your daily astrological forecast. Naturally, if you want a serious break down of your birthday and your place in the Universe, then, you need to contact a professional astrologer and have your Birth Chart or Natal Chart done.

Family, friends and colleagues maybe able to recommend a professional astrologer to you. Do your research and homework on line to seek out information on astrology and astrologers, before you contact anyone.

Sam’s Scenario

I am no professional astrologer. I make my analysis based on my knowledge and experience through the years. This is my opinion of how I believe The Full Moon Of October 29 will play out. Life always keeps some “unexpected” challenges ready for any event. Plans always look good on paper. When you try to apply plans on paper into real situations in the Real World – be ready to be flexible.

Power Day

All in all, October 29, the Day of the Full Moon is a Power Day. Whatever you do, you should be able to achieve your goals. Saturn, The Taskmaster, standing in the corner, may slow down your efforts to make sure you play by the book and don’t take short cuts. Then, again that is just Saturn being Saturn.

The Moon’s positive female energy and Pluto’s mysterious Scorpio energy should be the equivalent of a diesel engine leading the cars of a freight train to the destination. It shouldn’t be “runaway” energy, but, it should be “determined, driven” and headed for a goal energy.

A Glow To Go

And, beyond the obvious beauty of a Full Moon is the astrological belief that events in the heavens that give off energy do so in a manner that allows the energy to wear out over time.

An eclipse, for example, is believed to effect events for anywhere from a couple of weeks to at least six months. Think of the positive energy of the Universe as “A Glow To Go.” And, that Universal glow of energy can last for days, even months.

Since the celestial energy of the Universe last longer than Double A Batteries, the positive energy of the Full Moon of October 29, should still be up and running come Halloween, October 31.


Dell Horoscope


The Mountain Astrologer

Darkstar Astrology

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October 9, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Estate Jewelry Ruby Masonic Ring

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Estate Jewelry




by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

The Ring

Samuel E. Warren — Mason– Reagan Lodge — Houston, Texas —

This is a front view of a ruby Masonic ring that was owned by Samuel E. Warren of the Reagan Lodge in Houston, Texas. It is an estate jewelry item offered on Jewelry by Christy on Etsy.

Photo by Christy Warren

The Masonic ring contains a ruby set in a ten karat yellow gold band. My father, Samuel E. Warren owned this Masonic ring. During a work related accident, his first Masonic ring got hung up in some equipment and had to be cut off his finger.

This is a profile view of a ruby Masonic ring that was owned by Samuel E. Warren of the Reagan Lodge in Houston, Texas. It is an estate jewelry item offered on Jewelry by Christy on Etsy. Photo by Christy Warren.

This ring is his second ring. The ring is circa 1945 to 1960.

The ring size is unknown – possibly a 10 – it is a big ring that looks as though it could be sized to fit.

Daddy was a member of the Reagan Lodge in Houston, Texas, so the ring may have been ordered through the lodge or purchased from a jeweler in Houston or Gilmer, Texas. 

According to family history, he joined the Masons after he returned to the United States from World War II.

He followed in the footsteps of his father, Joseph Samuel Warren, who was a Mason of the Bethesda Lodge of Gilmer, Texas.

This is a profile view of a ruby Masonic ring that was owned by Samuel E. Warren of the Reagan Lodge in Houston, Texas. In this photograph, Samuel E. Warren Jr., wears his father's ring to show this profile view. The size of the ring is obviously too large for the wearer's hand. It is an estate jewelry item offered on Jewelry by Christy on Etsy. Photo by Christy Warren.

The Man – Samuel E. Warren

Samuel E. Warren was born January 20, 1920 in Simpsonville, Texas. He grew up on a farm, the little brother of two sisters: Georgia and Agnes.

The son of Joseph Samuel and Elizabeth Warren, he worked as a short haul truck driver making cargo deliveries to Tyler, Kilgore, Gladewater, Mount Pleasant and Gilmer, Texas.

In 1945, Sam’s “Uncle Sam” called. He got “drafted.” After boot camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, he served in combat in the European Theater of Operations, which involved a tour of duty in Italy.

Once the war in Europe ended, Sam was sent into the Pacific Theater of Operations. As a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army Signal Corps, he served tours of duty in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He is one of the Army linemen who strung telephone lines into the rural areas of the Philippines.

This Cameron Iron Works 20 Years Service pin was awarded to Samuel E. Warren, who worked as a "heat treater" at the company in Houston, Texas. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

After the war, Sam got a job at Cameron Iron Works in Houston, Texas. He worked in the area where hot, molten metal was poured to create tools. He was a workaholic.

After work, he would come home and freshen up before going to his night job.

He was a bartender and part time bouncer at Cook’s Hoedown night club in Houston for years. When Cook’s finally closed their doors, he went to work at the Dome Shadow, near the famous Astrodome in Houston.

Sam, a Capricorn, was always a quite man, who spoke in an even tempered voice. He owned Chevrolet trucks, usually in a two tone color pattern of light blue and white.

On the job, he wore a starched and pressed light blue uniform with the white circular patch and the red embroidered name: Sam.

Away from the job, Sam’s blond crew cut found rest under his gray stockman’s Stetson. His view of casual, everyday attire was a western shirt, and black shined cowboy boots. 

Whether he wore khaki pants or denim jeans they had to be starched and have a crease ironed in – down the center of both legs. Uncle Sam and Samuel E. Warren  may not have always seen eye to eye – Daddy didn’t like President LBJ.  Nonetheless, Samuel E. Warren’s civilian clothes always had a military appearance. 

His Liberty Head Silver Dollar buckle created an unmistakeable military gig line.  He wore a traditional brown leather western belt — but, the name: WARREN — was stamped in the leather on the back of the belt.

Samuel E. Warren was a husband and a father, who worked hard all his life. He complained about politics and was always ready to help out a friend or a neighbor. He survived The Great Depression and the combat of World War II. He was kind to kids and liked animals. He was proud, when as a teenager, I joined the Ozarks Chapter of the Order of De Molay. He took pride in being a Mason.

The Legacy

The kind of man, Samuel E. Warren – Daddy – was, I believe, he would of wanted his ruby Masonic ring to be on the hand of a young Mason ready and willing to make a difference in his community and the world.

Thus, hopefully, whoever buys the ring will be a young Mason or a family member who will give it to a young Mason. If you are interested in the ring, you will find it and the price listed in my wife’s Etsy shop Jewelry by Christy

This is a profile view of a ruby Masonic ring that was owned by Samuel E. Warren of the Reagan Lodge in Houston, Texas. In this photograph, the 10K designation is obvious on the inside of the yellow gold band. It is an estate jewelry item offered on Jewelry by Christy on Etsy. Photo by Christy Warren.


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