JOHN HENRY FERRE
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Written by Grand daughter Zora Elva Clark Farley June 22, 1968
John Henry Ferre (My Grand Father) was born September 9, 1858 at Provo, Utah.
A son of Roswell C. Ferre and Rachel Catherine Hollister Ferre.
His parents were Mormon Pioneers and came to Utah with the handcart companies of 1856 or 1857. (October 1852?) They homesteaded the land where the Berg Mortuary is located and lived there until 1900 when it was sold to Jesse night and later to Wyman Berg. John was born on this property, also five brothers and three sisters. He received his education in the schools of Provo. He worked on the farm with his father and on the threshing machine in the fall.
John was an Elder in the Mormon Church and very active in it in his younger days. John married Nancy Rosalia Potter n Dec. 23, 1879, in the Old Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah. After their marriage his father gave them two and one half acres of land on East Center street where they lived for forty six years, here he built a small adobe house they made their home, but before this home they lived in a granary on the old Ferre place where the location of the Berg Mortuary now stands.
Grandfather farmed and took care of a large tract of land in the Provo river bottoms. Later he secured a farm from his father on West Center Street. He also had a farm on East Center between ninth and tenth East, his farm joined the State Hospital fence on the west end, there he built a very nice home for his family.
Then he built the home on seventh east and sixth north where he spent the remainder of his life.
For several years he worked for Provo city driving a sprinkling wagon. He also owned a fine team of horses of which he was very proud, they were given the best of care and grandfather never allowed anyone else to drive them.
Grandfather was a good neighbor, honest and dependable and made many friends. He attended the Black Hawk Indian War Veterans reunions the Fourth and Twenty-fourth of July celebrations, but received more pleasure in his home with his wife and children around him.
I can remember when we went up to see them we use to go out to the corral and look at the beautiful horses and cows, we would go to the pasture and bring the cows home for him and then we would watch him milk them it was really something to see, then they would give us a bucket of milk to take home and that was areal treat for us. I remember grandfather was a very jolly guy and we all liked to be around him.
I remember we always went up to their home for Christmas we always enjoyed it because the rest of the families were also there.
Grandfather passed away on May 9, 1943 at the age of 84 years old. He is survived by one son and five daughters, he had twenty grandchildren and forty one great grandchildren.
Maude, born Oct. 28 1882 married Oliver Charles Clark
Anettie Aseneth born July 10, 1884 married Gidon Peay
Second married William D. Cluff
Pearl born Feb. 6, 1888 married Jake J. Deal
Zora born June 28, 1892 married Samuel Peay
Second married Pat Murphy
John Welby born April 9, 1896 married Izela Montagnue
Cleone born March 2, 1904 married Roy E. Tyler
Grandfather is buried in the Provo City Cemetery. The family home is at Provo, Utah.