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OBITUARY of C. J. Ferris
5/3/1831 — 3/22/1909

Charles Jackson Ferris was born May 3, 1831, in Norway township, Herkimer county, N: Y., and died, March 22, 1909, at. Kansas City; Mo., where he was temiporarily residing.

When Mr. Ferris was about seven years old his family moved to Galesburg, Illinois; that town having been founded by the Gales and Ferrises, two related; families. He secured a better, than average education for those, days in Knox academy; Galesburg, and was :married to Sarah J Lipe at Knoxville May G, 1851.

Some years later, hoping to inprove his health, he moved to Portage City, Wisconsin, and re mained there twelve years, serving as county surveyor most of, that time. Still in search of health he left Galesburg a second time and filed on a homestead in Trego county, Kansas, about nine miles southwest of Wa-Keeney. This was in 1879, the family moving out in the spring of 1880. Being appointed a deputy for County Surveyor Peck, and later appointed to the office, Mr. Ferris moved his family to Wa-Keeney which has been their home for the last twenty-seven years. He was nine times elected surveyor of Trego county and served Trego County about twenty years. The present Ferris House was built by him in 1855 and since Christmas day of that year it has been the family .home, becoming well known for its hospitality and home like comforts.

Mr. and Mrs, Ferris in recent years made two trips to the Pacific coast and last fall went down to Kansas City to spend the winter. Several years ago Mr. Ferris selected choice lot in the WaKeeney city cemetery and in accordance with his expressed) wish his remains were brought , here for interment. Funeral services were held at. the Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon of last week, conducted by Rev. Mr. Lee who was pastor of the Episcopal church of this place more than fifteen years; coining here from.Manihattan to perform this last service according to a previous promise to the deceased. Services at the grave were conducted by the Masonic lodge of WaKeeney to which Mr. Ferris has belonged since 1883. He joined the Craft at Galesburg in 1852 and for a time was a member of Galesburg Chapter No. 46, R. A. M.

Mr. Ferris is survived .by his wife and all his children, these being Mrs. Louise Biedrich and E. L. Ferris , of Kansas. City, Mrs. Luella Davis of Los Angeles, an .d Mrs. Bessie Huyett of Minneapolis, Kansas, all being present. at the funeral except Mrs. Davis. They have the sincere sympathy of a wide circle of friends..

I am requested on behalf of .Mrs. Ferris and family, to extend their earnest thanks to all friends and neighbors for their assistance, for the flowers sent and for other tokens of remembrance and sympathy. A. A. S. PEACOCK.

Buried in WaKeeney Cemetery, check out cemetery listings

APRIL 3, 1909 H. S. Giver propietor

Submitted by: Eva Rumpel

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