Son of Hiram & Nancy (Chilton) Ferris; Civil War Vet - Lieutenant Colonel with 14th Wisconsin Inf Regt; owned and operated Ferris Hot Springs Hotel; Commander of the Department of Montana, Grand Army of the Republic
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Bozeman, Oct. 24.--Col. E.F. Ferris, one of the most widely-known men in Montana and a former resident of Bozeman, died here this morning at the home of his daughter. Mrs. Byron T. Story, after an illness of about three months of liver disease. Colonel Ferris was living in Mackey, Idaho, at the time he was taken sick, and from there was taken to Ogden, Utah, for medical treatment. Soon after, he was brought to Bozeman. He was 70 years of age and came to Bozeman in 1882. Soon after this he engaged in business with former Gov. B.F. White in both Dillon and Bozeman. He left Bozeman about three years ago to accept a position as cashier of a bank in Idaho. The funeral will be held tomorrow at St. James' Episcopal church by Rev. F.H. Lewis, and will be under the auspices of the Masons, of which order Colonel Ferris was a prominent member. He also belonged to William English post of the Grand Army of the Republic and
to the Loyal Legion of New York state. Colonel Ferris is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Byron T. Story, Mrs. George Y. Patten, Mrs. Walter W. Collins and Miss Winifred Ferris. All the daughters live in Bozeman, except Mrs. Collins, who resides in Butte. A brother, E. Myron Ferris, also survives. Colonel Ferris was born in New York. A short time before the Civil War broke out, he moved to Wisconsin, and when President Lincoln issued his call for volunteers for three months' service Colonel Ferris was one of the first to enlist. At the end of three months he
re-enlisted for a period of five years. He served throughout this period, entering as a private and coming out with a colonel's command. He was wounded at the battle of Pittsburg Landing and also at Shiloh. A bullet is in his body yet as a result of one of these wounds. (The Anaconda Standard. Ed: October 25, 1905, p. 12, col. 2).
New York born Ferris started his Civil War service in the First Wisconsin Infantry, a regiment organized for a three-month term of enlistment in April 1861. Ferris returned to the army with the Fourteenth Wisconsin Infantry in January 1862.
As first lieutenant of Company A, he distinguished himself for coolness and bravery at Shiloh, where he suffered a wound. Ferris returned the the regiment, and ended the war as lieutenant colonel of the Fourteenth.
Ferris became a partner in a banking and agricultural hardware and implements firm of Sebree, Ferris, and White. The business followed the Utah and Northern Railroad as it was constructed. Ferris died in 1908 in Bozeman, Montana.
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