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Ernest Blackman Perry (1868-1927)
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Death notice. - Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx (March 2008).

The Bay City Sunday Times - August 7, 1927 (Page 1)

Death Comes to E. B. Perry

Prominent Industrial and Church Leader
Succumbs at Home.
Had been ill week
End comes peacefully while he
Sleeps at 1:30 This Morning

Ernest B. Perry, one of Bay Cityís business, social and church leaders, passed away at his home 2230 Center avenue, Sunday morning at 1:30. After an illness of one week with heart disease . Mr. Perry, president of the Industrial Works and a director in the First National and Bay County Savings Banks, was well known not only in Bay City but throughout the state and also in many other industrial centers of the nation, through his long association with the Industrial Works, which he has helped build up to its present size since he first came here as chief engineer in 1889, after graduating from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Perry had been confined to his home for the past week , but his condition, while serious, was not such as to cause great concern, the attending physicians informing the family Friday that with complete rest and proper care Mr. Perry would eventually be about again. The end came suddenly without warning, while Mr. Perry slept.

Educated in Ann Arbor

Ernest Blackman Perry was born in Prairie Du Chien, Wis. Dec. 9,1868. He was the son of Walter Scott and Emma Blackman Perry. Mr. Perry received his early education in the public schools of Ann Arbor, Mich. And when this was completed he entered the University of Michigan. He was enrolled in the mechanical engineering department and was graduated with the degree of bachelor of science from that department in 1889. In 1896 he received his masterís degree in mechanical engineering . While a student at the university he became a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and later the Tau Beta Pi, national honorary engineering fraternity.

In 1889 he took a position with the Industrial Works as draftsman, and was connected with that firm from that time on. In 1891 he was made superintendent and mechanical engineer, and later, vice-president and general manager. In 1924 he came into the highest position the company could give him, that of presidency of the concern. He served in that capacity until his death.

On November 22, 1889, he was married to Susie L. Harwood, of Ann Arbor. To them were born two children, both of whom survive; Harold H. Perry, director of the Congregational Sunday School Orchestra and one of the managing heads of the Industrial Works, and Ernestine H. Perry, who was a member of the graduating class of 1927 from Central high school.

The survivors also include two grandchildren, two brothers. Walter B. Perry, of this city and Paul V. Perry of Chicago, and one sister, Mrs. Mabel Perry MacNeal.

Additional Notes:

    1880 - Census: Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, MI.
    Perry, Walter S. - b. 1831, NY - School Principal
    Emma B., wife - b. 1846, MI
    Paul V., son - b. 1867, IL
    Ernest, son - b. 1869, WI
    Chittenden, Lucy A. - b.1841, MI - School Teacher

    1900 - Census: Bay City, Bay, MI
    Perry, Ernest B. b. Dec. 1868, WI
    Susie H., wife - b. Oct. 1870, MI
    Harold H., son - b. Oct. 1894, MI

    1920 - Census: Bay City, Bay, MI
    Perry, Ernest B. - b. 1860, WI
    Susa H., wife - b. 1871, MI
    Harold H., son - b. 1895, MI
    Ernesteen H., dau. - b. 1911, MI

    1927 - Michigan Deaths: Bay City, Bay, MI.
    Ernest Blackman Perry, age 58, died on Aug. 7, 1927. Son of Walter S. Perry and Emma Blackman.

Related Pages/Notes

Ernest B. Perry

Homestead 2230 Center Ave.(click to enlarge)

Related Pages:
First Congregational Ch.
Industrial Works
People Referenced
Blackman, Emma (mother)
Chittenden, Lucy A.
Harwood, Susie L. (wife)
MacNeal, Mable Mrs. (sister)
Perry, Ernest B.
Perry, Ernestine H.(dau.)
Perry, Harold H. (son)
Perry, Paul V. (bro.)
Perry, Walter B. (bro.)
Perry, Walter S. (father)
Subjects Referenced
Ann Arbor, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County Savings Bank
Central High School
Chicago, IL
Industrial Works
First Congregational Church
First National Bank
Prairie Du Chien, WI
Univ. of Michigan
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