About the Club
“I would love to help you plan your next event! We are leaders in the Warren County area for weddings, class reunions, retirement parties, business meeting, conferences, and Christmas parties.”
“We are currently accepting new applications for both men and women memberships. If you have any questions about the benefits of becoming a member of the Conewango Club, please give me a call.”
General Manager of The Conewango Club Downtown Warren, PA.
Graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Pittsburgh Chapter
Over 15 years experience in the Hospitality industry.
How Can We Help You?
- Wedding Receptions
- Wedding Showers
- Wedding Brunches
- Rehearsal Dinners
- Class Reunions
- Business Lunch & Dinners
- Retirement Parties
- Baby Showers
- Meetings (large or small)
- Family Reunions
The Northwest corner of Market Street and Second Avenue, now the site of the Conewango Club, was known to the old inhabitants of Warren as the John F. Davis corner. It was in a little white house, which stood on the corner that the Conewango Club held its first meeting in 1896.
Mr. Edward D. Wetmore, of the founders of the Club, had acquired title to the little white house and property. In consulting with Judge William E. S. Rice one day regarding this property, Mr. Wetmore tells how “… we decided then and there that Warren has passed the cracker-barrel stage and should have a gentlemen’s club, and that the little white house was suitable for such a clubhouse. We made a list of twelve men, and invited them to meet in the little white house a few evenings later. I tacked newspapers up on the windows and found soapboxes and nail kegs to serve as chairs. Mr. F. H. Rockwell was elected President; Mr. R. F. Van Doorn, Secretary; and Mr. F. E. Hertzel, Treasurer. Each man subscribed $125 to provide furniture and a billiard table. It was agreed that if after the first year it was founded, the Club did not fill a need in the community, the founders would charge off their subscriptions and end the enterprise…”
The Twelve Men – the Founding Members of the Conewango Club – who attended that first meeting described by Mr. Wetmore, were…
E. D. Wetmore, J. B. Mullen F. H. Rockwell, S. G. Allen, W. H. Filler, J. P. Jefferson, W. H. Allen, F. E. Hertzel, A. T. Schofield, W. E. Rice, W. A. Talbott, R. F. Van Doorn.
Far from ending, however, was the Club after its first year of existence. And four years after its founding, the Conewango Club was established on a solid foundation and chartered in 1900. In 1906, the handsome present Club building supplanted the little white house on the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue. Several years later, the new building was gutted by fire, and while the work of restoration was carried on, the Club continued in the old Henry home, which at that time stood on the site now occupied by the Public Library.
In all the intervening years, through good times and bad, and through the desperately threatening days of the “early thirties” – when the Club membership dropped to only 69 members – the Conewango Club has continued to fill a need in our community. Now, on the occasion of its Sixtieth Anniversary, with the membership of the Club complete, it is appropriate to give a silent toast to those Founding Members of 1896 whose faith in Warren – and in the successful future of the Conewango Club – has been so gratifyingly realized.
Alex Phillips, Chair
Christian Egner, Committee Member
Joe Akif, Committee Member
Greg Austin, Committee Member
Rick Allen, Committee Member
Scott Olewine, Chair
Marisa Creal Smith, Committee Member
Nominating Committee Members
- William J. Wagner
- Gregory B. Fraser
- David Winans
- Duane Vicini
- Robert Walker
- Randall Scalise