William A. Ferris

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William A. Ferris

Otto, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Death 28 Oct 1882 (aged 55)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 6, Lot 90, 8 ft. SWC
Memorial ID 74128925 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1872.

•See Isabel Ferrell Spalding.
•See Charles Douglas Johnson.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.
•See Halsey J. Spencer, his son-in-law who succeeded William as President of the First National Bank.
•See George D. LaBar.

                    EXPRESS CHANGE.

      The U. S. Express office has been removed from H. A. Hills to the depot, and the Brainerd Agency of that company is now under the management of Mr. Ferris.
The Northwestern Express Company's office, however, still remains in charge of Mr. Hills, with himself as agent, and a continuance of the very liberal patronage that has been given this excellent company is respectfully solicited, and all business entrusted to Mr. Hills for this company will receive his best attention. (Brainerd Tribune, 08 June 1872, p. 1, c. 6)

      Wm. Ferris, U. S. Express Agent at this place, and family, started on Thursday evening for the Centennial. Thos. C. Fernald will attend to the express business in his absence; office at McFadden's drug store. (Brainerd Tribune, 30 September 1876, p. 1, c. 6)

      Wm. Ferris has rented that portion of his building on the corner of Front and Fifth streets not occupied by himself and Mr. Lebon, to Isaac Marx of Hastings, who will put in a large stock of Dry Goods, Clothing, &c., as soon as the building can be put in shape, a glass front on Fifth street being contemplated. (Brainerd Tribune, 08 June 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

                        A Card.

      Having decided to leave Brainerd to engage in the jewelry business in the City of Hastings, Minn., I desire to announce to my many customers and the public generally, in this town and vicinity, that I have disposed of my large and varied stock of first-class goods—watches, clocks, jewelry, silverware, etc.—to Wm. Ferris who has engaged the services of a first-class watchmaker and jeweler, and will succeed me in the business in this place.
      Thanking my customers for the very liberal patronage I have received here, I bespeak for my successor's a continuation of the same, confident that he is prepared to do first-class work, and furnish first-class goods as I have done at low prices. Adieu.
      Brainerd, Nov. 23rd, 1878.
                                    ADALBERT LEBON.
(Brainerd Tribune, 23 November 1878, p. 4, c. 2)

      Having purchased of Mr. A. Lebon his large and well selected stock of jewelry, watches, clocks, silverware, and secured the services of Mr. Fred G. Sundberg, a skillful and practical watchmaker of long experience, I feel confident in announcing to the public that all articles in this line will be repaired promptly and warranted to give satisfaction; also, that all watches, clocks and jewelry, will be sold as low as can be purchased in any market. Fine watch repairing a specialty.
                                          WM. FERRIS.
      Brainerd, Nov. 29, 1878.
(Brainerd Tribune, 30 November 1878, p. 4, c. 2)

      Mr. Wm. Ferris, our banker and jeweler, returned last week from a visit with friends in New York state, where they have genuine snow and the real, good old-fashioned winters. He says the fences were covered, roads blocked up for days at a time, and travel on the various railroads completely paralyzed. To a resident of Minnesota, where snow enough to make a decent snow ball has scarcely been know in two years, the prospect must certainly have been a pleasant sight. It almost seems as though the sight of a real old-time snowbank once more would dispel our gloom and drive dull care away. Mr. Ferris has brought back with him a large new stock of watches and jewelry, including the novelties of the day. (Brinerd Tribune, 15 February 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      A little boy of Mr. Brinkerhoff's was badly bitten one day this week by Mr. Ferris' large, black dog. It is reported that the dog has been killed. (Brainerd Tribune, 25 October 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

Partnered with George W. Holland in 1879 to form the Bank of Brainerd which then became the First National Bank.

      A handsome croquet ground is being prepared in the square north of the track, owned by Wm. Ferris. (Brainerd Tribune, 04 September 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

Ferris, William

A native of New York, came to Brainerd in 1872, as agent for the United States Express Company. Was with the company till January, 1880, when the business went into the hands of the Northern Pacific Express Company, and our subject started the Bank of Brainerd, which is about to become a National Bank, with Mr. Ferris as President. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 647)

          The Social at Mr. Wm. Ferris'.

      Last Wednesday evening the Cong. Church social was given, as per previous announcement, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ferris. Although not quite as large an attendance could be claimed as at the previous gathering, a no less pleasant occasion was enjoyed. The almost impassable condition of the streets rendered it exceedingly inconvenient for many to attend, and this undoubtedly was the cause of many that would have been present, to remain at their homes. Social amusements in connection with a general "visit" was on the tapis, and merriment and pleasure reigned supreme throughout the evening. All were given an ample opportunity to test the capacity of their natural food receptacles with choice viands that could not fail to reflect credit upon the culinary skill of the hostess. No one present could but express the one sentiment that Mr. and Mrs. Ferris know just how it ought to be done, when it comes to entertaining a host of mirthful, joyous and fun-loving people. And when we received the free and welcome invitation to "come again," we silently avowed that the request so warmly extended should not be unheeded. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 March 1881, p. 1, c. 3)

      A national bank was organized at Brainerd, Aug. 31st, 1881. The following gentlemen constitute the board of directors: H. A. Towne, G. W. Holland, Wm. Ferris, L. P. White, J. A. Davis, H. J. Spencer, James Gardner, C. Abbey, G. G. Hartley, Adam Brown and James Dewar. Wm. Ferris was chosen as president. (Brainerd Tribune, 03 September 1881, p. 5, c. 4)

William Ferris, was born in Otto, New York, August 1, 1827, and secured work in a store at Gowanda, New York, when only fifteen years old. While living at Gowanda he was married to Miss Buelah A. Allen, a native of that place, and daughter of Judge Daniel Allen, of the district court. Judge Allen was a prominent man in his state, and was once nominated for the governorship, but declined to run. He was a native of Massachusetts and his wife was Esther Manley, daughter of Capt. John Manley, of Connecticut. William Ferris was for fifteen years agent of the Erie railroad at Perrysburgh, New York. In 1872 Mr. Ferris moved to Minnesota and established himself at Brainerd as agent of the Northern Pacific railroad and of the United States Express Company. In 1881 he organized the First National Bank of Brainerd and was president of the bank at the time of his death in 1882. (Progressive Men of Minnesota, Minneapolis Journal, 1897)

      The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank was held on Monday, at which time the following directors were elected: G. W. Holland, B. A. Ferris, Adam Brown, A. F. Ferris, Leon E. Lum, H. J. Spencer and G. D. LaBar. (Brainerd Dispatch, 15 January 1892, p. 4, c. 3)

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 74128925
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William A. Ferris (1 Aug 1827–28 Oct 1882), Find a Grave Memorial no. 74128925, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .