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EDWARD J. FERRY, dancing instructor and proprietor of the Central Dancing Academy, was born in Luzerne County, Pa., November 27, 1876. He came to Allentown when but fourteen years of age and learned the art of printing with the Chronicle arid News. Until 1909 he worked at his trade, during the interim being associated with all the newspapers of the city. Since that time he has devoted practically all of his time to the teaching of dancing. In 1900 he opened a dancing school in Temperance Hall, continuing there for two years, after which he conducted a school in Slatington. After conducting similar schools at various places in this city, he opened the Lyric Dancing Academy, which proved to be a most successful venture. In 1907 he opened the Central Park Dancing Pavilion, being the first concession holder in that now popular resort. Several years ago Mr. Ferry opened the Central Dancing Academy, at the corner of Sixth and Linden Streets, where lie continues at the present time. Mr. Ferry is actively interested in public affairs. He was one of the organizers and served as director of the Ridge Avenue Deposit Bank. He is a member of several social and fraternal organizations in and about the city. On August 1, 1906, he married Mame Gallagher, a daughter of John and Winifred Gallagher.
Men of Allentown by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917.