WILLIAM MONTAGE FERRY
Born in Grand Haven, Michigan, March 12, 1871, William Montague Ferry grew to manhood in the Wolverine State, securing
his early education in the public schools of Michigan and in the Michigan State Military Academy. Afterwards he
entered Olivet College, graduating from that institution in 1891, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. He is
now a trustee of his Alma mater.
Shortly after his graduation he came to Utah, in 1893, going to Park City, where he became identified with mining
interests and engaged in business with his father. For a while he was with the famous Silver King Mine, now known
as the Silver King Coalition, one of the greatest dividend payers in Utah or the country. Concluding that he would
devote his life and energy to the mining industry, he entered the Colorado State School of Mines at Golden, taking
a course in mining and metallurgy.
After leaving the School of Nines he again came to Utah and entered the service of the Ontario Mining Company,
a property which has paid thirteen million dollars in dividends, and was assigned to the Marsac mill in the leaching
and refining department, and later in the refining department alone. In 1898 he left Park City, locating in Salt
Lake. He later became identified with Walker Brothers, Bankers, the Utah Savings and Trust Company, the Mason Valley
Mines Company, the Silver King Coalition Mines Company (director in each), and other mining companies.
Mr. Ferry is a Republican in National politics. Locally, that is, on State and city issues, he is an American,
having been elected a member of the city council of Salt Lake by the American party in 1905, for a term of four
years. He is chairman of the finance committee of the council.
He was married at Nashville, Michigan, June 3, 1896, to Miss Ednah Truman. The fruit of this union is twin sons,
William Montague, Jr., and Sanford Truman, who were born October 4, 1898.
Mr. Ferry is a member of the Alta, Commercial, Country and University clubs of Salt Lake City, president of the
Civic League of the city, and a director of the Young Men's Christian Association. With his family he resides in
a handsome home at 453 East South Temple Street, Salt Lake City.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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