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Record 198/2101
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James F. Ferguson. "He has been located here as a real estate and insurance broker since 1875, representing sixteen of the leading insurance companies of the world, such as the' London, Liverpool and Globe, Royal of Liverpool, Nor?? Union and North British and Mercantile, among foreign companies, and the German-American of New York and Fireman's Fund among home companies. Controlling as he does the leading companies, he writes more insurance than all other agencies combined. He also writes life, accident, plate glass and live stock insurance, attends to collections of rents and so forth. He handles real estate both city and farm property, also mining property, which his long continued residence here has placed him in a position to know thoroughly. He at present is handling the DeRoo addition, also that of Brattain & McComas, and many other desirable tracts. Mr. Ferguson is a native of New York City, where he was born in 1845. He came to Oregon at an early age with his parents, his father being an early pioneer in the valley, erecting the first mill at the Willamette Falls in 1852. He also built a number of the early crafts which navigated that river, such as the steamer Gazelle, and others. In 1858, he moved to the Cascades, accompanied by his family. At the age of sixteen the subject of this sketch went to Portland, and began clerking for Harker Bros. with whom he remained for four years. He then went to Fort Colville, Wash., joining his father who had in the meantime began merchandizing at that point. In 1868 he came to baker City and entered into business with E. W. Reynolds. He married Miss Jennie P. Mann, of Barre, Vermont, in 1870, his being the first marriage published in the Red Rock Democrat, which had been in existence about six months at that time. Moving to Inyo county, Cal., a year later, he remained there till 1874, when he returned to Baker City and entered the banking house of James W. Virtue, as book-keeper and cashier, and remained with him until he went out of business." Source: p. 10, Souvenir Edition. Morning Democrat, Bowen & Small, Publishers, May 20th, 1898.
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