Biography of Frank W. Ferrell
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Frank W. Ferrell. - One of the pioneer newspaper men of the North Country is Frank W. Ferrell, who is identified with the Chateaugay Record as editor. He was born at Chateaugay, Franklin County, July 26, 1866, the son of John and Johanna (Bowles) Ferrell.

John Ferrell was a native of County Kildare, Ireland, born in 1819. He was a farmer and after coming to the United States in 1847 he settled on land near Chateaugay. Mr. Ferrell died in 1892. His wife was the daughter of George Bowles, also a native of Ireland. Their children were all natives of Franklin County, and Frank W., the subject of this sketch, was the fifth in order of birth.

Frank W. Ferrell obtained his education in the district schools and at the age of 15 years became an apprentice printer in the shops of the Chateaugay Record. He became a journeyman printer and in 1892 began the publication of the Franklin County Democrat. It supported Grover Cleveland in his campaign for president of the United States. For two years Mr. Ferrell continued as editor and publisher of the Democrat, although it was published in the plant of the Chateaugay Record. In 1894 a stock company was formed, which purchased the Record, and the two publications were combined at that time as the Chateaugay Record. Since that date to the present time Mr. Ferrell has acted as editor and publisher.

Mr. Ferrell was married on June 28, 1893, to Miss Annie O'Neil, the daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Burke) O'Neil, of Chateaugay. Their son, William, was born Dec. 23, 1901. He is now a linotype operator in the employ of the Chateaugay Record.

Politically, Mr. Ferrell has been a life long Democrat. He and his wife are members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and he holds membership in the Rotary Club, the Grange, Knights of Columbus, and Chateaugay Fish & Game Club. His wife is also active in the affairs of the Catholic Daughters of America, in which she holds membership.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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