Albert Wesley Ferren, mayor of East Palestine, is a representative citizen and successful business man of Columbiana
County. He was born at St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio, March 2, 1867, the son of James and Caroline (Tipton)
James Ferren, deceased, was a native of St. Clairsville, and his wife was born at Flushing, Ohio. He was a contractor
and cooper by trade and died in 1913. His widow resides at Monessen, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Ferren were the parents of
three children: Mrs. Laura Emerson, lives with her mother at Monessen, Pa.; Harry, died at St. Clairsville in 1908;
and Albert Wesley, the subject of this sketch.
Albert Wesley Ferren received his education at St. Clairsville and began his business career as a clerk in one
of the stores of the Atlantic Tea Company, of which he was later manager. He served as storekeper and purchasing
agent for the National Tin Plate Company for five years at Monessen, Pa., and was later purchasing agent for the
Page Woven Wire Fence Company for 16 years. He also served in this capacity for the McGraw Tire & Rubber Company,
East Palestine. Mr. Ferren is now extensively engaged in the real estate and insurance business.
In June, 1891, Mr. Ferren was united in marriage with Miss Minnie McCabe, of Sewickley, Pa., who died in February,
1902. She was the daughter of James and Arabella McCabe. Mr. McCabe died in February, 1889, and his wife died in
1924. To Albert Wesley and Minnie (McCabe) IFerren were born three children: Dorothy Sherrill lives at Tampa, Florida;
James A., lives at Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Frank E., lives at Allenport, Pa. In 1914 Mr. Ferren was married to Miss
Jessie Sutman of Monessen, Pa., and they have a daughter, Mildred Marie Ferren.
Mr. Ferren is a member of the Methodist Church and is affiliated with East Palestine Lodge F. & A. M., No.
417, East Palestine Chapter No. 204, R. A. M., East Palestine Council, No. 123, R. & S. M., Carson Lodge of
Perfection, Cutler Council Princes of Jerusalem, Drummond Chapter Rose Croix, A. A. S. R. Valley of Steubenville,
Lake Erie Consistory, S. P. R. S., 32nd degree Cleveland, Knights of Pythias, and Order of Eastern Star.
Mr. Ferren is a Republican and is the first mayor of the city of East Palestine. He was elected in November, 1921,
and again in 1923, serving from January 1, 1922, until Dec. 31, 1925. This was a period of storm and stress in
the early effort to enforce prohibition. Mr. Ferren early gained a reputation for strict enforcement, and because
of this, scores of "liquor cases" were brought to his court from other portions of the county where enforcement
was not being taken seriously. He was strict but just. He gained for himself the sobriquet of "the praying
mayor," owing to the fact that he never entered into the trial of a case without asking Divine guidance. His
success as mayor is one of the most outstanding accomplishments in the civic history of East Palestine.
History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Columbiana County, Ohio Biographies
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