Warren B. Ferris (1879-1951) may be the most inventive descendent of Jeffrey Ferris, or at the very least, the most inventive across several different fields of endeavor. From the Joseph line, he was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jeffrey.
Warren holds patents in three different fields.
Warren made bricks. He made a lot of bricks. He made a lot of money making a lot of bricks.
The Warren B Ferris Brick Company of Columbus Ohio has been incorporated with $60,000 capital stock by Warren B Ferris, Robert E Kelly, Fred C Lafountain, Harry H Wilson and Edna H Ferris. The company will handle the brick business which has been conducted from offices in the Columbus Savings and Trust building by Warren B Ferris and will sell the products of several large brick plants in the Hocking Valley.
His attention would turn to the air, and even further with his third patent of the five.
Design for a rocket ship model
Port Arthur News – February 18
George W. Haldeman, pilot of the “American Girl.” In which Ruth Elder and Haldeman attempted to span the Atlantic Ocean, has accepted a position as technical adviser of the Seaboard Alrways, Inc., according to information given out here today by Warren B. Ferris, president The company expects to open a airmail, passenger and air express route between New York and Kansas City, using the newly invented radio lock control system, officials of the company said.
Evening Independent (Newspaper) – August 22, 1929, Massillon, Ohio
A daily airplane passenger service between Columbus and Havana, Cuba, connecting up with major railroad lines along the route have been announced here by Warren B Ferris president of the Seaboard Airways Inc. The project is now in the stage of negotiations with five of the biggest railroad companies, Mr Ferris said, and if consummated the deal will make possible 11 hour service between Port Columbus and Havana rail connections with five stopping points between the two terminals and fare at the rate of 12 cents a plane mile. The airways corporation already has ordered 14 all metal monoplanes with a capacity of 20 passengers each but the date of inaugurating service is indefinite, Mr Ferris said. However the first plane will be ready Nov 15 and the contract calls for an additional plane every three weeks thereafter until the order is completed. According to the schedule a plane would leave Port Columbus at 8 am and arrive at Havana miles away at 7 pm in the same day. Railroads covering the northern and Great Lakes territories would be linked up with the Columbus airport bringing Havana or southbound passengers here by sleeper so they could transfer to a plane without any delay. The Havana bound planes would stop at Cincinnati, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West making connections with other railroads at these points.
He then turned to electronics and obtained these two patents:
Fluorescent device for games
This invention relates to fluorescent devices for games and has for its object to provide a new and improved device of this description. … The use of the fluorescent devices produces a startling effect and very greatly increases the interest in this game and in any other games where the fluorescent devices are used.
This invention relates to fluorescent devices and the method of making them and has for its object to provide a new and improved material of this description. The invention has a further object to provide a fluorescent device which shall have a very high brilliance when ultra-violet light is directed upon it. The invention has as a further object to provide a fluorescent device consisting of a plastic material impregnated with fluorescent material and formed into sheets or molded form and applying thereto a backing of white non-fluorescent material.
Not to mention land speculation. Miami Beach in 1925, just before the boom collapsed.
Miami Millions, the land boom of 1925
El Retiro (designed by Walter C. DeGarmo) on Belle Isle was sold by Warren B. Ferris to a group of Chicago capitalists for $1,250,000, one of the largest individual sales on the beach. The group planned to put a hotel on the six acres, but it proved to be one of those late blooming developments that never got off the blueprints.
Warren had two children with his wife, Edna Walton Ferris, Zelman Ferris (1903-1974) and a daughter, Warrenette Edna, (1915-1971).