From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
William W. Ferrier was born at Metz, this county, July 18, 1855, the son of William and Olive M (Thompson) Ferrier, both of whom were natives of Ohio. Mr. Ferrier, Sr., came to Metz in an early day, and for twenty-two years kept a store at that point. In 1875 he removed to Angola, his present residence. He has two daughters (Mrs. Dr. Waller and Mrs. Stephen O. Powers), and one son, the subject of this sketch. The latter attended the common district school and assisted in his father's store until 1872. He then entered Otterbein University, at Westerville, Ohio. At this institution, which is under the control of the United Brethren, he studied six years, and was graduated with the degree of B. A. in June, 1878. Three years later he received the usual degree of A. M., given to graduates of three years' standing. Mr. Ferrier passed his time in looking after property belonging to himself and father, and also read law for a time, until November, 1881, when he entered upon his present occupation-- Journalism. He was married Feb. 23, 1881, to Miss Adessa Jarvis, daughter of Joseph J. Jarvis, of Straitsville, Wayne County, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Ferrier are members of the United Brethren church.
Submitted by: Kim Davoli