George C. Ferguson


Unusual determination, natural ability, industry and good judgment have leg George C. Ferguson to attain the substantial position which he now occupies in the farming fraternity of Linton township, Allamakee county, where he owns three hundred and thirty-three acres of valuable land. He was born in Monona township, Clayton county, this state, on December 28, 1860, a son of William and Mary (Blair) Ferguson. The father was born near London, Ontario, Canada, on December 3, 1832, and after a life rich in labors, but also rich in rewards, passed away October 6, 1909, in his seventy-seventh year. The mother, a native of York, Pennsylvania, was born May 6, 1837, her death occurring many years before that of her husband, on November 27, 1875. The father was educated and reared on a farm in Canada and crossed the border to the United States in 1852, coming directly to Iowa, where he located in Monona township, Clayton county, one mile from Monona. He continued there until the ‘70s, when he removed to Franklin township, where he bought land on which he resided for many years. He subsequently made his home with a daughter in Clayton county for about five years and then joined the household of Mr. Ferguson of this review, with whom he made his home until his demise. He was highly respected and esteemed by all who knew him and on various occasions was offered public office, which he, however, always steadfastly refused.

George c. Ferguson was the second in a family of five children., He attended school in district No,. 1, Monona township, Clayton county, and upon his father’s farm near that city passed his boyhood, remaining at home until twenty years of age, when he began his independent career by working for others, accepting any work that came to hand until twenty-four years of age, when by strict economy and thrift he had accumulated sufficient means to buy one hundred acres of land, which is part of his present farm. For two or three years he also operated his father’s farm and then built on his own land and moved thereon in 1894. He has since resided here, has put up substantial and well equipped buildings and brought his land to a high state of cultivation. When he arrived here all of his land was in a wild state but now his property, comprising three hundred and thirty-three acres, is one of the most valuable in the county. He engages in general farming, giving attention to grain raising and also live stock. Moreover, he has a ginseng garden which he planted about fifteen years ago and from which he derives a handsome income. He is a stockholder in the Monona Creamery Company and also in the Shipping Association of that city and holds stock in the Monona State Bank.

On March 5, 1889, Mr. Ferguson married Miss Hortense M. Haworth, who was born in Pennsylvania, on December 11, 1872, and died September 5, 1891, after only about three years of happy married life. She was a daughter of John and Frances (Randall) Haworth, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of New York. John Haworth served during the Civil war for four years in the volunteer army, with Company I, Twenty-seventh Iowa Cavalry, as a private. He never received a wound during all that time, although he was in the hottest of fighting, and never was confined to a hospital. He later became a resident of Clayton county, owning a residence in Monona, where he died. There his wife still makes her home today. To Mr. Ferguson was born one child by his first wife, Walter, whose birth occurred on November 22, 1890, and who died on October 5, 1891. On September 14, 1892, Mr. Ferguson married Miss Chlista Jenkins, a native of Franklin township, where she was born near Lansing on April 9. 1874. She is a daughter of George and Mary (Kascel) Jenkins, both natives of Virginia. They came to Iowa about 1852, locating first at Lansing, Allamakee county, where they remained about a year. They then removed to Franklin township, this county, settling on the Yellow river, where the father engaged in farming and became a prosperous landowner. He passed away in Franklin township on his homestead. The mother now resides in Monona. Mr. Jenkins was held in high esteem by all who knew him and was publicly active in various positions, having been honored with election to a number of township offices. Mrs. Ferguson was the oldest of four children born to this marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson also have four children: Robert A., born June 4, 1893; Walter A., whose birth occurred July 29, 1895; William, whose date of birth was May 12, 1902; and Sidney Reid, born February 1, 1907.

Politically Mr. Ferguson is a republican, giving his stalwart support to the measures and candidates of that party. He has always devoted his attention to improving his valuable farm property, having never found time to actively participate in political affairs. He is however, public-spirited and progressive and gives helpful support to all measures undertaken in the interest of the township or county. He is a member of the Masonic lodge, No., 70, at Monona and a trustee therein, and since 1903 has belonged to Northern Light Lodge, No., 156, I.O.O.F., in which he has served in all the chairs. Mr. Ferguson enjoys in full measure the confidence and high regard of his fellow citizens and has gained in life not only a substantial position but the friendship of many who esteem him for those qualities of his character which make for the highest citizenship.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Diana Diedrich

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