Among the leading citizens of Nez Perces County the name of Dr. Ferrall is surely to be placed. In business ventures, he has been signally successful. As a professional man he has manifested skill and talent that have given him the reward due to the true and eminent physician. As to his personal qualifications, Dr. Ferrall is a loyal friend, an affable and genial man, a true and faithful member of society and a patriotic and influential citizen.
G. H. Ferrall was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, on November 11, 1844, being the son of Elihu and Mary A. (Hart) Ferrall. The father was born in Ohio, in 18 14, was a pioneer of Columbiana County and also in Hinsdale County, Michigan, and is now living in Michigan. The mother was born in Ohio, in 1814, and is still living in Michigan. Her father was a pioneer of Columbiana County, Ohio, and was a soldier of the war of 1812. Our subject remained at home until nineteen years of age, gaining his education from the schools of his place. Then he was stirred by the spirit of patriotism and enlisted in Company G, Fourteenth Michigan, under General Sherman. He participated in the battles of Goldsborough, Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Atlanta and many other engagements. He transported seventeen hundred troops from New York to Morehead, South Carolina, and then rejoined his command under Sherman and was in the famous march to the sea. When the time came to lay down the arms of warfare, Mr. Ferrall returned to his home and went to the study of medicine in Cleveland, and in 1870 he graduated with distinction. Then he repaired to Fayette, Ohio, and there practiced for five years. Then a move was made to Ransom, Michigan, where he practiced for seven years. He followed his profession in Ithica, Michigan, for several years. Then he came to Coeur d’Alene. Idaho, and practiced there and handled a ranch for ten years. Between the oversight of the farm property and his profession the Doctor was a very busy man and reaped the reward of his industry in that he gained a good financial success. Then he went to Walla Walla and engaged in the manufacturing business for a couple of years; in 1898 he took up the place where he now lives, two miles north from Winchester. He has a fine body of land and some excellent timber. The Doctor is one of the influential men of the County, is on its school board, has promoted the telephone system from Culdesac to Nez Perce City, also the mail line from Culdesac to Dublin. He is justice of the peace and is looked up to by all as especially deserving.
On February 12, 1873, in Fayette, Ohio, Dr. Ferrall married Miss Orcelia, daughter of Truman L. and Harriett (Van Branken) Scofield, natives of New York. The father was born in 1821 and died in 1900. The mother was born in 1820 and died in 1875. Mrs. Ferrell was born in Williams County, Ohio, in 1845. Her parents were pioneers of that County and Fulton County. Ohio. She has one brother and one sister, Edwin and Ellen Sails. Dr. Ferrall has the following named brothers and sisters: Barzillai F., Elizabeth, Oliver P., Jennie E., John W., James E., Taylor S. and Lucy I. To Dr. Ferrall and his wife there have been born three children, Harriett E., wife of Charles R. Howard, a telegraph operator for the Western Union; Ellen M., wife of Homer King, in Coeur d’Alene; Lee E., in the fire department in Spokane. Dr. Ferrall is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and his wife affiliates with the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Ferrall is a staunch Republican and active in this realm. Mrs. Ferrall was married first to Morris J. Dodd, who lived but fifteen months after his marriage. One son, Fred N., was born to this union. He is passenger conductor on the Spokane and Northern Railroad, which runs from Spokane to Rossland. Dr. Ferrall is a warm advocate of good schools and is doing much for the cause of education in his community.
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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903