Charles S. Ferguson


CHARLES S. FERGUSON, an enterprising retail grocer of Steubenville, was born in Saline township, Jefferson county, March 9, 1839. He is the youngest of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, of Charles and Nancy (Close) Ferguson, the former of whom died when our subject was but five months old. His mother is still living, a venerable lady eighty-nine years of age. Her home, since 1854, has been in Steubenville. Charles S. came to Steubenville with his mother at fifteen years of age, and this has been his home. At twenty-one years of age he began to learn the trade of puddler, and he followed this in the Jefferson iron Works for twenty-seven years. In 1864 he was in the war in the one hundred days' service. Since retiring from his trade he has been engaged in the grocery business, having started in it July 1, 1888. He was married July 3, 1861, to Eliza Jane Johnson, who has borne tohim a family of eleven children: Thomas E., James H. (deceased), Frank, Cora E., Laura, Charles S. (deceased), Austin, Eliza Jane, Robert O., Maggie W. and Susann. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is an Odd Fellow and a republican, having cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Ferguson is a reliable and successful business man, and a citizen who possesses the confidence and esteem of all who know him.

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