Athens Free Press - March 5, 1926
William Louis Ferguson was born in Henry County, Missouri and died at his residence in North Athens, February 25, 1926 at the age of 83 years and 11 months.
At the age of one year he came with his parents to this county where he has since resided. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Louisa Nation. To this union twelve children were born, two sons; William Rufus and Arthur preceded their father in death.
Those surviving are his wife, four sons, John W., Richard and Irvin of Petersburg, and Lester of Athens, six daughters; Flora Brakebill and Grace Bushong of Athens, Alice Ferguson and Louisa McGary of Petersburg, Mary E. Turner of Tice and Viola Thompson of Pekin.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. church at 2:00 o'clock last Saturday afternoon. Rev. Ewing, pastor, officiating. Interment in West cemetery.
Contributed by Carole Martin & Bertha Emmett