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“Sammy” The East Texas Country Boy Workaholic

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Parental Portrait for Christmas

 

  Sammy

The East Texas Country Boy

Workaholic

Sammy_resized

Sammy”

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.

Sam

 

 

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.”

 

Stetson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stetson

 

 

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.”

 

Fedora

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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

http://www.americanhat.net/

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WAR ! The Reality Of Life World War I Anniversary Editorial

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Anniversary Of The End Of World War I

War !

The Reality Of Life

French soliders in a frontline trench during World War I_resized

French Soldiers At The Front  The French soldiers are in a trench in the woods of Hirtzbach, France June 16, 1917.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

November 11, 2012 – Today is the Anniversary of The End of World War I. The important lesson of World War I is “The reality of War is a persistent fact of ALL human lives throughout your life on earth.”

 

World War I ended November 11, 1918 In the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour and at the eleventh minute. The reason why world leaders were so precise in their calculations to sign the formal documents to end this global war is because they really truly wanted this to be the Last War Of Humanity. Unfortunately, they forgot “Human Nature”, which mean people disagree and the major differences of opinion lead to War,” – Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

President Woodrow Wilson of the United States of America made a beautiful quote about, “World War I being the War to End All Wars.” He was wrong. The brilliant American Democrat forgot – human nature.

 

The Lesson Of Life In The Real World is Life. To live your life, you have to learn how to survive. The art of daily survival involves compromise. We learn at an early age how to live with our parents and in our local communities. By the time we are adults, we learn how to “compromise” to put aside our personal beliefs to earn a paycheck and make a living. Throughout life, we learn that “compromise” is a valuable tool to guarantee our daily survival. The major glitch is it only takes one man, one woman or one nation to throw a monkey wrench into “The Global System” and War emerges from the history books and into your Life.

 

All Wars Are Global

 

The Crucial Significance Of World War I is that it proved to every man, woman and child on planet earth, “War Is Global.”

 

War has always been global because the effects of a War in any nation of the world at any time is history is always felt in other nations. In the ancient world it simply took longer because there was not real time communication and efficient transportation systems.

 

What “shocked” the Citizens Of The World about World War I was “how quickly” the events in Europe exploded and involved people who had never even heard the word, “Austria.”

 

Sunday, June 28, 1914 – A completely unknown Serbo Croatian college student had two loaded firearms and shot a completely minor duchess and a completely minor archduke, who might not even ascended to a royal throne because of the issues of royalty and ascension to the throne in question.

 

The reason why the assassination of a relatively unimportant member of royalty by an unimportant college student spiraled quickly out of control came down to one word, “Treaty.”

 

The Hungarian archduke had been assassinated and Hungary turned to Austria to honor a treaty commitment. Austria honored their treaty commitment and invaded Serbia. Germany had a treaty commitment with Serbia. Germany honored her treaty commitment and invaded Belgium.

 

Nations and their empires really had no choices because “their hands were tied” with the treaty commitments, which forced “a military response.” Suddenly, all the nations “honoring” their commitments had grouped themselves into two major forces: “Allies” and “Central Powers.”

 

Weekend War

 

The Weekend War”, that began on a summer Sunday afternoon “wasted” more than 9 million lives with more than 70 million people in military uniform being “slaughtered”, and more than 60 million European military people were “murdered” in a senseless War because one college student, criminal, wannabe political terrorist shot and killed a relatively minor world leader, who was only in line for the throne because a cousin died and his father rejected the Hungarian throne.

 

There were important issues before the world leaders of the day of all the nations and empires, but, it was a “bungled” assassination attempt that “accidentally succeeded” because the archduke’s driver took a “wrong turn” and the college student recognized the royal couple and took advantage of the “accidental opportunity” to quickly “get his guns off.”

 

Insecurity Of National Security

 

The unimaginable death toll of World War I happened because nations for their own security had invested in War technologies that would protect their “National Security”, and the weapons worked so well that a majority of the globe’s infrastructure was destroyed along with millions of citizens.

 

World War I War Weapon

 

The tank made it’s debut during World War I. A global irony of World War I is the many empires had invested in weapons to protect their “National Security” and the fall-out from World War I lead to national revolutions and civil wars to where only the British Empire survived as an empire.

 

Today most global citizens will not observe the Anniversary Of The End Of World War I because “it is an old war” and “it happened so many years ago.” Turn on your TV and watch the evening news, if you see a tank in any of the video coverage, then, remember, that the “tank” was first used in World War I.

 

Nuclear, Biological, Chemical – NBC

 

NBC is an American television network, but, more importantly, NBC on a global scale are the letters that relate to “Nuclear, Biological and Chemical”, which are three major elements of War weapons that destroy human life in the blink of an eye.

 

While you watch the evening news, if there is video coverage of a War somewhere in the world, listen closely to find out if any type of “Poison Gas” was used on the victims.

 

World War I Austrian corporal Adolf Snickelgrubber was exposed to at least one and possibly more “poison gas attacks”, during World War II and by the start of World War II, he had changed his name to: “Adolf Hitler” and had started a War.

 

Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein used a biological or chemical “gas” weapon to “kill off” Kurdish citizens of Iraq.

 

Poison Gas, biological or chemical, is a World War I technology whose real time effect still trumps the Internet and all the real time communication and transportation developments of the world because the gas is breathed in or can enter through the pores of the skin.

 

Killing Kids

 

War requires humans to fight and often die. The longer a War goes on, the more lives are lost. The American Civil War allowed the rules about “enlistment age” to be lowered so that “teenagers” could be “drafted” or “enlisted” to fight in the War in the mid-1800s.

 

By World War I, nations simply “looked the other way.” All armies in World War I, called ironically, “The Great War,” used children soldiers and birth certificates, enlistment age and proof of age requirements were ignored for boys and girls as “manpower” was needed to wage the war.

 

Watch For War

 

Today, ever Citizen Of The World should celebrate The End Of World War I because it ended and the four years of suffering and dying stopped.

 

The Citizens Of The World should realize that World War I’s Daily Legacy is “A War Ends, But The Technology Lives On And Human Nature Will At Times Be Ready For War.”

 

Remember, the sergeant named Warren reminded you War is a reality of all human life. Enjoy your life. Enjoy Peace. But, remember, War is always just a heartbeat away. Rely on your common sense and daily survival skills because you never know, where in the world some twit is going to do something stupid that will ignite events that inflame a global War.

 

 

Happy End Of World War I.”

 

Sam

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Estate Jewelry Ruby Masonic Ring

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Estate Jewelry

Ruby

Masonic

Ring

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 http://www.etsy.com/listing/76511556/vintage-estate-jewelry-ruby-masonic-ring

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.

Sam

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