COLONEL ELSWORTH FERGUSON
FINAL RITES HELD FOR C.E. FERGUSON
Aged Man Dies At Farm Home Following Long Illness
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Colonel Elsworth Ferguson, resident of Phillips and Yuma counties the past 32 years, who died at his farm home Saturday following a long illness.
Service was conducted at 2 o'clock at the Epworth Methodist church at Wages with the pastor, Rev. James H. Burkey, officiating. Interment was made in the Holyoke cemetery. The pallbearers were six neighbor friends: Charles Sheridan, George Bovee, Theodore O'Neal, Lloyd and Lester McCormick and J.C. Brown.
Deceased had been a suffered of rheumatism the last 15 years. Recently, complications of the ailment and advanced years developed, and he died at 10:15 o'clock Saturday morning.
He was born in Cass County, Michigan, March 3, 1861, a son of John and Margaret Churchill Ferguson. He moved to Tecumseh, Nebraska in 1880. He was united in marriage to Miss Grace I. Stetter January 4, 1899 at Tecumseh, Nebraska. The Ferguson family moved to Holyoke in 1907 and Mr. Ferguson engaged in the barber business, later entering the general merchandising trade. He and his family moved to Sterling in 1912 and resided there two years, Mr. Ferguson being engaged in the show business in that town. He severed his business connections in 1914 and located on a farm in the Wages community where he had since resided.
He united with the First Methodist church in Holyoke in 1908, and later transferred his membership to the Epworth Methodist church at Wages. He served as a member of the Holyoke band and church choir many years, and was mayor of Tecumseh, Nebraska during his residence there.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Grace Ferguson, one daughter and five sons, Mrs. Clyde Sperber (Leah M.), Carl E., J. Robert, Frank L., Arthur S. and William H., all of the Wages community; six grandchildren; two brothers, Hugh and Lemuel Ferguson of Los Angeles, California; and two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Arnold of Flint, Michigan and Mrs. Alice Ginber of Omaha, Nebraska.
Transcribed by Carol Moore
July 20, 1939
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