Warren (b. Portland, Maine, 1861) got his start at George W. Smith & Co. in Philadelphia, moved to Mermod & Jaccard in St. Louis, and then to the diamond department of Wright, Kay & Co. in Detroit. They were joined by Ralph Dewey, who'd worked his way up from messenger boy for M.S. Smith, and in later years would open Spaulding & Company's Paris store before returning to Detroit to start his own company, with branches in New York and Paris.
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