Eliza <I>Ferry</I> Leary

Eliza Ferry Leary

Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Mar 1935 (aged 83)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Plot Lot EE in the circle (top of hill)
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Find A Grave contributor Jana Hawes Robertson provided this obit from the Seattle Daily Times:
Mrs. Eliza Ferry Leary, Noted Pioneer, Passes On

As sorrowing friends and relatives fill the halls of her pioneer home, funeral services will be held Monday for Mrs. Eliza Ferry Leary, one of the city’s and state’s best-known women, who died yesterday afternoon. The Rev. Dr. H. H. Gowen and the Rev. Dr. Mark A. Matthews will officiate, with services starting at 2 o-clock in the home at 1551 Tenth Ave. N. Burial will be at Lake View. Mrs. Leary, identified with Washington history back to territorial days, was 83 years old. Her father, Elisha P. Ferry, was the state’s first governor. She was born August 24, 1851, in Waukegan, Ill. Her survivors include four cousins, J. Y. C. Kellogg, Seattle attorney; David E. Kellogg of Seattle; Edward C. Kellogg of Mercer Island, and Mrs. George Brackett of Eatonville.

Injury Hastens End

Ill since last October 7, when she broke her hip in a fall in her stately home at 1551 Tenth Ave. N., Mrs. Leary maintained a cheerful spirit according to the many friends who called at her home, but her age and injury were too great a handicap. Organizations with which she was associated: the Ladies’ Relief Society, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, the Washington Historical Society, the Pioneers’ Association, Children of the American Revolution, in which Mrs. Leary was instrumental in organizing the Elisha P. Ferry Chapter, all will pay her honor at her funeral services.

Came Here in 1869

Mrs. Leary came to the Pacific Northwest in 1869, settling in Olympia with her parents after first visiting Seattle. In eighty-three years of a romantic, zestful life, Mrs. Leary met three Presidents – Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grand, and Rutherford B. Hayes. When her father was first governor of Washington State, Mrs. Leary, as a small girl, helped entertain President Hayes in the executive mansion at Olympia. She met President Lincoln when “The Great Emancipator” call at her home in Waukegan, Ill.
Her family’s friendship with President Lincoln led to Mrs. Leary’s brother being named Abraham Lincoln Ferry. The Ferry’s old Waukegan home is marked with a bronze tablet stating that Lincoln visited there.

Wedding in Olympia

In the Episcopal Church at Olympia on April 21, 1891, Miss Eliza Ferry was married to John Leary, a prominent citizen and capitalist of Seattle. The newly wedded couple lived in Mr. Leary’s home on the corner of Second Avenue and Madison Street, the site of the present Leary Building. Seattle remembers the last public appearance of Mrs. Leary, last October 11. She appeared in “A Living Album” program at the Olympic Hotel, where daughters and granddaughters of the state governors appeared in portraiture. As the “pages” turned, Mrs. Leary was revealed sitting in a chair, reading a book. She wore a black gown of her mother’s, and a black lace shawl that dates back to 1875. Mrs. Leary was one of the sixteen charter members of Rainier Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in Seattle September 20, 1895.

Central Figure in Book

Mrs. Leary was the subject of a book written about herself and Seattle by Mrs. John Wagner. The book was published only a few months ago. Mrs. Leary furnished the author much of the humorous historical data. Mr. Leary was one of the builders of Seattle, and an early mayor in the city. He was a pioneer leader in the development of the state’s resources. With her famous father, and distinguished husband, and through her own individual energy, Mrs. Leary was an acquaintance of outstanding leaders who devoted their lives to the up building of the West. The Leary home, near St. Nicholas School, overlooked the central business district, Elliott Bay, Lake Union, East Queen Anne, Ballard and the Wallingford district, and was one of the “showplaces” of Seattle. It was constructed at a cost of between $200,000 and $250,000, and its large baronial hall was the scene of many notable social gatherings.

The Seattle Daily Times March 9, 1935 pp 1 & 3

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