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William A. Fergus

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 528

WILLIAM A. FERGUS

     general farmer and stock raiser, residing on his well cultivated farm of forty-four and one-half acres, situated in Perry township, belongs to old county families, his grandfathers having settled here in early days. Mr. Fergus was born in Shelby county, May 12,1857, and is a son of Joseph and Barbara (Uhlrey) Fergus.
     Joseph Fergus was born in Shelby county and here learned and followed the carpenter trade and later was in the lumber business. He was a republican in his political views but was no politician, just a quiet, busy man, attending to his business and performing life's duties according to his best judgment. Both he and his wife were members of the United Brethren church.  They had a family of children and almost all of them survived their parents.  The record reads as follows: Caroline, who married George Faulder; Richard; Sarah, who is deceased, was the wife of William Valentine, also deceased; John S.; William A.; Mary, who is the wife of Thomas Mitchell; Joseph; Winfield S.; Stella, who married P. O. Stockstill; Laura, who married Samuel Knoop and Charles.
     William A. Fergus obtained his education in the public schools and afterward, until he was twenty-two years old, worked for his father at logging for the latter's saw mill. He then rented a farm of 105 acres on which he resided for seventeen years, when he moved to the Norman Key farm and rented that for ten and one-half years, and in 1907 bought his present place from William Dormire. Like his late father, Mr. Fergus is a republican but no office-seeker.
     In 1879 Mr. Fergus was married to Miss Belle Sheppard, who was born in New Jersey, a daughter of Charles and Mary Sheppard. Mrs. Fergus had three brothers, David, George and Martin, the first named being deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Fergus the following children have been born: Edward, who married Eva Simes; Bertha, who married Otto Steenrod; Clinton, who married Grace Stevenson; Edith, who married Roy Fogt; and Florence. Mr. and Mrs. Steenrod have two children: Gladys and Harold; Clinton Fergus and wife have two children: Joseph and Frances; and Mr. and Mrs. Fogt have two daughters: Thelma and Roma. Mr. Fergus and family attend the United
Brethren church. He takes an interest in all that promises to benefit his section, gives encouragement to local enterprises and is a stockholder in the Farmers Telephone Company.


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