Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LEROY FURGESON is a farmer residing
two miles east of Larene, and eight miles north of Davenport. He
is a native of Putnam county, Indiana, born October 15, 1848. His
father, also Leroy by christian name, was a native of North Carolina, and
his mother, Lavina (Condray) Furgeson, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Furgeson has one brother, Thomas T., residing at Sweet Home, Linn county,
Oregon, and he served twenty-two months in the Union army during the Civil
War, and was wounded in the battle of Pea Ridge. Later he was honorably
discharged and returned to the duties of the civilian.
When a child, our subject removed with his
parents to Marion county, Iowa, during the early days of that commonwealth,
was brought up there on a farm, and married, October 11, 1868, to Sarah
A. Pope, a native of Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Mrs. Ferguson's father, Willianr Pope, was
a native of the state of New York, and died in California at the age of
seventy-seven. His father, Benjamin, was a soldier of the Revolution,
and died in Iowa at the advanced age of ninety-four. The mother of
Mrs. Furgeson, Dorcas (Lathors) Pope, was born in Adams county, Ohio, and
is now living with her daughter in her eighty-fourth year.
In 1873 Mr. and Mrs. Furgeson came to Santa
Clara county, California, and five years later they drove overland to Linn
county, Oregon, where Mr. Furgeson engaged in farming. They came
in a wagon to their present home in 1888. Having brought from Oregon
with them a small herd of stock, they took land and engaged at once in
farming and stock raising. They now own a section of land, about
500 acres of which are choice tillable soil. They have good buildings,
improvements, et cetera, plenty of fine water, and a quantity of timber.
Mr. Furgeson now makes a specialty of raising grain.
Both Mr. Furgeson and his wife are active
members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Larene.
Mr. and Mrs. Furgeson have been parents of
seven children, two of whom, Amy M. and Bertie M., have departed this life.
Those living are: William T., married to Mollie Ledgerwood; James Edmund,
married to Myrtle Hubler; Floyd, married to Ella Howard; Frances, wife
of W. L. Slater, of Douglas county, and Mildred.
Mrs. Furgeson's three brothers, George James,
and Edmond, served in the Union army during the Civil War, the last two
in the Seventeenth Iowa.
Mr. Furgeson is one of the substantial, well-to-do
and influential citizens of his locality.