Biography of Thomas Ferrell
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Thomas Ferrell, one of Toledo's wide awake and progressive young business men, is numbered among the popular automobile dealers of the city and well merited success has attended his efforts in this field. He was born at Hamilton, in the province of Ontario, Canada, June 25, 1888, of the marriage of John R. and Mary (Daugherty) Ferrell, the former also a native of Canada and the latter of Pennsylvania. As a young girl the mother went to Canada and in that country her marriage occurred She is still living. For many years the father was employed by the Grand Trunk Railroad Company and his death occurred in 1916. They were the parents of five children: John Robert and Norman, both of whom are residing in Toronto, Canada; Longworth, whose home is in Winnipeg, Canada; and Gordon C. and Thomas, both of Toledo.

Thomas Ferrell received limited educational advantages, attending the public schools of Hamilton and Toronto, Canada, and when twelve years of age he became a wage earner, securing work as a messenger boy. After his duties for the day were over he attended night school, being anxious to progress, and as his experience and ability increased he was given positions of greater responsibility and importance. For some time he acted as a traveling salesman, representing various manufacturing firms, and in 1916 he came to Toledo. Shortly afterward he entered the service of the Roberts Automobile Company and after leaving their employ he joined the E. E. Culver Automobile Company. He remained with that firm until 1921 and on the 25th of July of that year organized the Thomas Ferrell Company, of which he has since been the head. They are distributors for the Ford and Lincoln cars in this section, while they also handle automobile parts and operate a garage. Mr. Ferrell keeps in dose touch with the advancement that is constantly being made in connection with the automobile industry and displays keen discernment and marked executive force in the control of his interests, and his business has become one of large proportions.

Mr. Ferrell was married September 16, 1912, to Miss Mary Morrissey of Buffalo, New York, and they have two sons: John Edward, who was born in that city in 1913; and Thomas James, whose birth occurred in Toledo in 1916. Both are attending the public schools of this city.

Mr. Ferrell is a Roman Catholic in religious faith and when national issues are involved he supports the republican party but at local elections he casts his ballot in favor of the candidate whom he considers best qualified for office. His deep interest in the welfare and advancement of the city has led to his identification with the Toledo and South Side Chambers of Commerce and he is also a member of the Maumee River Yacht Club.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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