for Wednesday June 16th........PETER L. FERRY's Obituary

An other picture from Seattle. Julie 2.5 and Laura 2.53 with Diana owner of an herb farm
Remember Peter L.'s passing 75 years ago. His dates are 1881--1935
This is one of the earliest pictures I have of Peter L. Ferry* 10.2. He is probably about 19. I would appreciate help getting younger pictures of him. Maybe from the families of Ed Ferry, James V. Ferry , Clary Family.


Associates in Business and Fraternal Circles Will Unite in Services

Peter L. Ferry, 53, pioneer resident of Glendale, and for years a business and civic leader, died Sunday morning in a Los Angeles hospital following a major operation which he underwent last Tuesday.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Ferry came to Glendale in 1909 and engaged in the contracting business, specializing in road and street-building projects.

Active in Civic Affairs

Despite his absorption in business affairs, Ferry found time to take an active interest in the affairs of fraternal and civic organizations in Glendale.

He assumed the leadership in establishing the Glendale lodge of Elks, No. 1289, being one of the charter members and holding office as the first exalted ruler of the lodge.

Heads Columbus Knights

Ferry also was a charter member of Glendale council, Knights of Columbus, and was chosen as the first grand knight of the local council.

He took the initiative in the reorganization of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and held the office of director for the three years 1921 to 1923, inclusive.

As a director of the chamber of commerce, Ferry was instrumental in bringing about the establishment of the Southern Pacific depot in Glendale. He also was a member of the committee that aided in the selection of the site of the Glendale High school.

Business Affiliations

In his business activities, Ferry was a past president of the Southern California Rock Products association, a director of the First National bank in Glendale, director of the Associated General Contractors and manager of the Haines Canyon Rock Co., besides managing his own 4,000-acre ranch at Riverdale, in Fresno County. (Riverdale was the old stationery address))

His own contracting business was conducted under the name of Peter L. Ferry & Sons, with headquarters at Broadway and San Fernando Road .(Actually Peter L. Ferry Contractor)

Shows Broad Sympathies

A man of broad sympathies in matters of religion and social welfare, Ferry was active in the Holy Family Catholic church, where he was a member of the Holy Name society.

He was a member of the advisory board of the Glendale branch of the Salvation Army and took a deep interest in the affairs of Verdugo Hills council, Boy Scouts of America.

Honors and responsibilities were heaped on Ferry in the work of the various fraternal orders to which he belonged. He was a past state district deputy of the Knights of Columbus building club, and a member of the Cabrillo assembly, fourth degree, Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Glendale lodge, Loyal Order of Moose.

Grand Lodge Delegate

His business and social activities extended beyond the boundaries of his home city, as evidenced by his membership in the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and in the Jonathan Club, Los Angeles.

In addition to acting as first exalted ruler of the Elks lodge, Ferry was a delegate to the grand lodge in his first year of office, and every year since then he had been chosen as alternate delegate to the grand lodge sessions.

Surviving Relatives

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Catherine Ferry, residing at the family home, 3030 Chevy Chase; five sons, James, Leo, John, William and Patrick Ferry; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Diener (Mary Alice) of Riverdale, and six grandchildren.

Two brothers also survive. They are E. P. Ferry of Glendale and James V. Ferry of Atlantic City, N.J. Two sisters, Mrs. John McConville (Catherine Elizabeth) of Los Angeles, and Mrs. John P. Clary (Mary Ellen) of Atlantic City, are left.

The brother, James V. Ferry, and the sister, Mrs. Clary, will fly west from Atlantic City to attend the funeral, it was announced today.

Plan Final Services

Rosary will be recited at the family residence at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a service directed by the past exalted rulers of the Elks to follow. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Family church at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Calvary cemetery, Los Angeles, with L. G. Scovern Co. in charge of arrangements.

Active pallbearers have been selected from the Knights of Columbus and Elks, the two orders with which he was most closely linked during hi life in Glendale.

Active Pallbearers

Three past grand knights will represent the Knights of Columbus. Those chosen are Fred Huseman, Jesse E. Smith and Herman E. Psenner. The other three active pallbearers will be Albert D. Pearce, John Fanset and Cameron D. Thorn, past exalted rulers of the Glendale Elks lodge.

Honorary pallbearers representing the Knights of Columbus council will be Dr. John Schwamm, state deputy-elect; Joseph Scott, first state deputy; Judge Thomas P. White, Frank Barry, Ralph J. Glaab, district deputy, and Frank C. Balfour.

Given Honorary Roles

Also officiating as honorary pallbearers will be Dr. E. C. Donohoe, grand knight, and the following past grand knights: Henry M. Doll, H. V. Henry, J. G. Monahan, Fred L. Smith, M. J. O’Leary, Oscar N. Hammes, A. E. Hollister, John H. Murphy, Leonard W. Hartigan.

Daniel P. Mahoney, deputy grand knight and ex officio chairman of the council’s funeral committee, is in charge of arrangements for the participation of the Knights of Columbus in the final service for Ferry.

Honor Guard Chosen

A guard of honor, composed of members of the Cabrillo assembly, will act as escort under the leadership of J. L. D. Prudhomme, master of the fourth degree.

The honorary pallbearers of the Elks were announced today by George D. Hastings, exalted ruler of the order, who will himself act in this capacity.

(Family lore has it that Peter L. had one one of the largest funerals in Glendale history, up to that time)

From Elks Lodge

Those named are John W. Lawson, George H. Melford, Judge Bert P. Woodard, Arthur H. Dibbern, James Apffelt, Earl S. Patterson, James F. McBryde, J. Murray Durham, Dr. Paul Holmes, O. K. Gilliam, Eldon D. Cloud, L. W. Shields, Dr. John Anderson, Newton L. Clarke and Aubrey N. Irwin.

Also chosen to act as honorary pallbearers are Mayor Lawrence E. Olson, Councilmen Joseph F. Baudino, Sam A. Davis, M. W. Lee and William J. Goss.

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Bill F said...

Wow, quite an honor roll of participants. Had never seen obit and it was interesting to see names of Glendale business people that my Dad continued to do business with: Jesse Smith Jesse Smith Ford) , Herman Psenner (Psenner & Pauff Garage), Henry Doll (Doll Electric) and others.

Good post Jim!

Mary Jean said...

We have to be very proud of Peter L Ferry. When I think of his spirit living on in me, I am filled with energy and life. His funeral must have been one of Glendale's biggest.
Mary Jean

John ferry said...


D said...

We are all honored to be members of such a wonderful family!

Side Note: We now own land about 2 miles from my house that once belonged to Margaret Psenner. She was probably the daughter of Herman and was a hearty soul who lived up here and I believe that she was a nurse.