:: Warren Historical Scrapbook


Donated to the Riverside Public Library by Lillian Battles Warren, this scrapbook documents the history of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. The scrapbook contains approximately 78 pages of newspaper articles, documents, photographs, and service programs. The inclusion of the sample of cloth used to cover the pew cushions reflects just one of the events Mrs. Warren considered important.

The scrapbook collection reveals the highlights of the history of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. Indeed, it is concise and well-organized in chronological order. Anyone researching this aspect of the development of Riverside's history (or genealogists looking for information ranging from the 1870s to the early 1960s) will find this a useful resource.

The scrapbook is one linear foot and is contained in one box.


Lillian Battles Warren was born in Riverside in 1879, and was the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Battles—early Riverside pioneers and citrus growers. She grew up on the family ranch which was located near the intersection of Bandini and Brockton Avenues.

Mrs. Warren was a lifelong member of the First Methodist Church of Riverside. Her father helped with the carpentry of the first church structure. Throughout her life. Lillian was an active civic worker, belonging to such groups as the Riverside Woman's Club, the Rubidoux Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Eastern Star, the Pioneer Historical Society of Riverside, the City's Recreation Department, and the YWCA. She was also in charge of the Red Cross volunteer service department during World War II.

Her husband, J.H.W. Warren, worked for the California Electrical Power Company as an official in the financial department. He died almost 20 years before Lillian's death in March of 1962. She is buried at Evergreen cemetery in Riverside.

Scope and Content

The Warren Scrapbook Collection contains approximately 78 pages of newspaper articles, photographs, documents, programs, and memorabilia. Included in the scrapbook is a handwritten note dated as early as 1873. It may also be noted that the scrapbook is in poor physical condition – pages have pulled away from the binding and the edges are disintegrating. Access to the collection is restricted due to these concerns.

Series Description

Series I: Scrapbook

The Warren Scrapbook is organized in chronological order, beginning in 1873, and includes highlights of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Riverside. The last of the clippings are dated 1961. The scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and church programs. There are the occasional primary source documents, including a fabric sample from a pew.

Folder 1: Warren Scrapbook

Related Collections

The Mary Elizabeth Darling Scrapbook Collection

The Riverside Historical Society Records

The Riverside Woman's Club Records


The Riverside Local History Vertical Files

Klotz, Esther H. and Joan H. Hall. Adobes, Bungalows and Mansions of Riverside, California. (Riverside: Riverside Museum Press, 1985).

Local History