Frank L Ferris Principal of the Model School &
Instructor of Geography, Penmanship & Drawing,
L D Ferris Model School Intermediate
Instructor in Grammar
There is very little
information available for Frank and LD Ferris, a young married
couple who were members of the original faculty of Joseph Baldwin's
North Missouri Normal School. They were with the school only
Although Frank was an
ordained Universalist minister, he apparently never served as pastor
of a congregation. The couple was from New York and had moved
to Indiana after their marriage to teach. They were Baldwin's
colleagues in Burnettesville and Logansport and so impressed him
with their work that before leaving for Missouri, he asked them to
consider coming with him should he be able to establish his own
Ferris was about 27
years old when he came to Kirksville in the spring of 1867. He
taught three years at the Normal before resigning to become
Principal of the Kirksville Public Schools. There are
discrepancies in reports about exactly when he resigned from the
Normal and how long he stayed with the school system, but he appears
to have left Kirksville before the Federal Census was taken in Adair
County in June 1870. He resigned for health reasons and moved
to Colorado where it is reported that he died of consumption,
November 18, 1873.
We know even less
of Mrs Ferris than we do of her husband; even her given name remains
a mystery. All we do know that is that her death occurred at
least a year and a half before Frank's. In her June 1872
letter of resignation, model school teacher Amanda Greenwood made
reference to the excellent teaching record of her deceased
colleague, Mrs L D Ferris. We have no other information as to
the date or place of her death.
This biographical sketch has been compiled from secondary sources
and may not be complete or totally accurate; it is therefore subject
to update or correction.
Amanda A. to the Board, 26 June 1872. Board of Regents Records. Truman State
Ryle, Walter H.
Centennial History of the Northeast
Missouri State Teachers College.
Kirksville: the College, 1972.
One Hundred Twenty-Three Biographies of Deceased Faculty Members.
Kirksville: Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, 1962.
History of the First District
State Normal School.
Kirksville: Journal Printing Company, 1905.