E. H. FERGUSON, b. 1857?

E. H. Ferguson, who has spent his entire life in Mahaska county, is living on section 23, Cedar township, and gives his time and energies to general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising. He owns and cultivates three hundred and twenty acres of well improved land and in all of his work is practical and enterprising. He is a son of the Rev. John Ferguson, a native of Indiana, who was born in Union county in 1813. He is well known as "Uncle John," a term indicative of the love and esteem in which he is uniformly held. He was a pioneer minister of the Baptist church of Iowa, and settled in Cedar township, Mahaska county, about 1846 or 1847. Here he opened up a new farm and reared his family, spending his remaining days upon this place, his death occurring on the 7th of November, 1900. He was a most active worker in the Baptist church, devoted to its welfare and upbuilding and he taught both by precept and example the principles of righteous living. He was three times married, first in Indiana to Margaret McCewen, who died in Mahaska county. There were eight children by that marriage, of whom four are yet living. In Jefferson township, Davis county, Iowa, Rev. Ferguson wedded Miss Rebecca Hughes, a native of Pennsylvania, where she was reared and educated, and E. H. Ferguson of this review is the only child of that marriage. The mother died here in Cedar township in 1872, and Mr. Ferguson afterward wedded Amanda Knott, who survives her husband. There is one son of that marriage. E. H. Ferguson was reared upon the old farm homestead and acquired his education in the common schools. He remained with his father and assisted in carrying on the work of the farm until twenty-six years of age, when he went to Cass county, where he followed farming for two or three years. He then returned to the old homestead and his entire life has been devoted to general agricultural pursuits. Mr. Ferguson was married in Monroe township, this county, on the 3d of April, 1884, to Miss Martha Roberts, who was reared and educated here, her father being H. F. Roberts, one of the early settlers, who came to Iowa from Kentucky, and is now living in Oskaloosa. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson located about two and a half miles west of Fremont, where he owned one hundred and eighteen acres of land. He there engaged in farming and further improving the property, developing a good place, upon which he lived until 1889, when he sold that and bought two hundred and seven acres, where he now resides on section 23, Cedar township. He at once began the further development of this farm, has rebuilt and remodeled the house, has also built outbuildings, has placed two thousand rods of tiling on the farm, has fenced the fields and otherwise carried on the work of development and improvement. He has made a business of raising and feeding stock for the market and fattens hogs, sheep and cattle, making quite extensive annual shipments. He has purchased more land from time to time until he now owns three hundred and twenty acres. He is a stockholder in the Farmers National Bank of Oskaloosa. His farming interests are carefully conducted and his practical efforts in all his business affairs have won for him gratifying measures of success. Unto him and his wife have been born four children: Earl E., Henry Curtis and John Carl, twins, and Mary R. The daughter is teaching in the country schools. Politically Mr. Ferguson was always a democrat until 1904, when he cast his presidential ballot for Roosevelt. He has never been an office seeker, preferring to give his attention to his business affairs. He and his wife and daughter are members of the Baptist church, of Fremont, and Mr. Ferguson is a Master Mason, belonging to Fremont lodge, A. F. & A. M. His entire life has been spent in this county, and thus for almost a half century he has witnessed the changes which have occurred, the development that has been achieved and the progress that has been made. He has seen the virgin soil transformed into the very productive farms and has helped to make two of the good farms of the county. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance, the circle of his friends being almost coextensive with the number of people who knew him.


from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

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