This is Warner's main street as it still looked when WCD left for college in the early 1960s. By the mid-1970s, Dutch elm disease had so weakened the elms that they had to be cut down. The picture is from an issue of Life magazine published in September, 1943, which tookWarner as its representative of American small towns whose sons were away fighting the war in Europe and the Pacific. Among the very first to be killed was Warner's Lieutenant Eddie Cloues, who died when Japanese bombs blew up the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Eddie graduated from Simonds High School and went on to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was among the first Annapolis graduates to be posted to the Pacific when war broke out in 1941. Two years later, the Navy would name the destroyer U.S.S. Cloues in Eddie's memory.
Warner's elms. One resident recalled that on a sunny day it was possible to walk from one end of main street to the other without leaving their shade.