T. B. Harris Addition
1908 - Lot 20 J. O. Ferrier & Son Lumberyard
McDonald's History 1908 - J. 0. FERRIER. The name of J. 0. [James Oliver] Ferrier is well known to residents of Marshall County, as the senior member of the firm of J. 0. Ferrier & Sons, dealers in lumber, lath, shingles, sash, doors and blinds, cement blocks, cement, builders' hardware, drain tile and sewer pipe. Further, he is highly honored for his strong moral and religious convictions, which he earnestly inc ulcates and thereby acts as a constant and uplifting force in his residence, community. Mr. Ferrier was born in Carroll County, Indiana, on the 18th of August 1858, and is a son of George E, and Rebecca (Bennett) Ferrier, the father a native of the same county, and the mother, of Hancock County, Indiana. The father lived to the age of sixty-seven years, and the mother died at thirty-five. They were the parents of three sons, of whom J. 0. Ferrier is the eldest. George E. Ferrier married a second time, and two sons and one daughter were born to this union.
J. 0. Ferrier was reared in Carroll county, Indiana, and received his early education in the
public schools of that section, later going to the high school at Battle Ground, that state, and
completing his studies at Valparaiso. For about five years he was a merchant of Flora, Indiana,
and thereafter, until the age of forty he was engaged in farming.
In November 1898, he established a lumber business at Culver , and after a few years associated himself with his son, Clark I., in the formation of the present firm. In addition to carrying a large and complete stock of goods at Culver , the house has a branch at Lakeville, Indiana, where is located a large storage yard. The elder Ferrier is also the proprietor of a town addition consisting of eighty-nine lots, which is known by his name and is being quite rapidly settled. It has been accepted by the town board, is nicely laid out, and lots are readily selling at from $100 to $300. Although a Republican in general politics, Mr. Ferrier is a strong anti-saloon man, believing that in local affairs the temperance question sho uld be paramount. He was at one time a member of the town board, but after serving one term refused firmly thereafter to accept a renomination. Rather he prefers to devote himself to the upbuilding of his church interests, and the advocacy of temperance. He has long been a member of the Christian church, in which he is now an elder. He belongs to no secret societies, but has a wide acquaintance and is universally respected for his earnest and unflinching morality.
On January 27, 1885, Mr. Ferrier was united in marriage with Miss Rosa I. Gwinn, daughter of Clark C. and Martha (Runyon) Gwinn. Two sons have been born to this union, one of whom, as stated, is associated with his father in business; the other died in infancy