Walter S. McFERREN, son of Francis A., was born August 20, 1856, at Toronto, of which flourishing young city he is still a resident. After he had completed his school days, his first occupation was in the sewer pipe works, as a pipe finisher. Subsequently he went to Pittsburgh, and secured employment with the Pennsylvania railroad company as fireman, running between Pittsburgh and Altoona. In 1881 he was promoted engineer, and held that position, being one of the company's trusted employees, until September 1888. He then returned to Toronto, and accepted a position in the planning mill, which he still holds. This change of occupation he was compelled to make on account of his father's failing health. Mr. McFerren is active in all commendable enterprises. He is a member of the Masonic order, and of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and was the organizer of the Toronto lodge, No. 10, Junior Order of American Mechanics. He was married June 12, 1881, to Annie, daughter of Ephraim Collins, of Pittsburgh, and they have four children, Francis A., Walter S., Myrtilla, and Ida M. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was the youngest passenger engineer on the Pennsylvania railroad on the Pittsburgh division at one time, having run for over three years successfully hauling their fastest passenger trains from Pittsburgh to Altoona.
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