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Philo Ferrier

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The Ferrier Machine Works, the company that manufactured our recently acquired Corn Sheller, was located near the Railroad, at 308-312 River Street. It is listed in the early City Directories of which the earliest we have is 1873-4:

1873-4 Philo Ferrier and Son (Philo Ferrier, Charles Ferrier) Founders and Machinists, e.s. River, s of R.R. Depot. Philo lived at 16 River. 1878 Ferrier & Son, Manufacturers of Mill Machinery. S.E. Corner River and M.C.R.R. Philo lived at 16 River. 1894 Philo Ferrier res. 301 River. Pres. Ypsilanti Machine Works. 1918 Ypsilanti Machine Works 308-312 River Gertrude Ferrier, V.P. and Charles was Secretary and Treasurer. The President was then George Walterhouse.

Miss Gertrude FErrier lived in an attractive brick house at 306 N. Adams until her death in 1947. Her brother, Charles and his wife lived at the same address until their deaths.

Dec 17, 1820

Nov 15, 1912

Philo Ferrier, one of the oldest residents of Ypsilanti and the last surviving member of Ypsilanti's first council died after a short illness Friday. He was born in Bath, Steuben County, N.Y., December 17, 1820. In 1844 he was married to Maria E. Munson of Pontiac and located in Detroit, then a city of about ten thousand inhabitants. He was then engaged in mill building in adjacent towns and also for a time connected with the old Detroit Locomotive Works.

He located in Ypsilanti permanently in 1857, having come to finish the original Presbyterian Church begun by his brother John, who died leaving it unfinished. Later he engaged in the foundry business with M.L. Shutts. He was married in 1859 to Mary L. BRown. He was the last surviving member of the first council of Ypsilanti, 1858, a charter member of Lodge 128 F. & A. M., and was made a member of Ann Arbor Commandary, No. 13, June 23, 1868.

Mr. Ferrier was a man of wide reading and progressive ideas, and to the last days of his life kept his interest in all the affairs of the day. He had voted for 18 presidents and was able to go to the polls last week, where he voted for Woodrow Wilson and equal suffrage. From early manhood he had been a close friend and companion of the late D.L. Quirk, who was two years his senior.

Mr. Ferrier often recalled the old days when he was a member of the first common council of Ypsilanti, and some time ago he made a list of this original governing body of the city and discovered that of the nine members of the council he was the only one living.

The names of the first governing body in Ypsilanti were given by Mr. Ferrier as follows:

Mayor-Chauncey Joslyn
Clerk-John McReady

Register-Charles Tisdale
Supervisor-James Forsythe

Aldermen-Issac Crane
Benjamin Follett

David Edwards
James Chidester

A.F. Welch
Robert Lambie

Philip Eddington
Charles Stuck

Philo Ferrier

The date of this first council was believed by Mr. Ferrier to have been 1858.
Mr. Ferrier is survived by a widow, a son, Charles P. Ferrier, two daughters, Mrs. Lucy Orcutt and Miss Gertrude Ferrier, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Rowe of Boise, Idaho.

Funeral services will be held at the residence Monday afternoon at three o'clock, conducted by the Rev. William H. Gardam.
The above Notice appeared in the local newspaper.