The Story of Ernest “Mooney” Warther

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


Who is Ernest Warther?  Very few people could probably answer that question without using their internet search.  Born on October 30, 1885 in a one room schoolhouse in Dover, Ohio as the youngest of five children, he learn the value of hard work after his father passed away when he was three years old leaving his mother alone with the five children.  His first job was herding cows for one cent a cow which gave him the nickname ‘Mooney’.  While walking through the field, he discovered an old rusty pocket knife.


This old rusty pocket knife changed his life forever.


He began carving things out of wood, and through the years, he became a master of carving many great works.  Dropping out of school in the second grade, he went to work at a sheet and tin mill to help support his already struggling family, but he continued carving.  His…

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