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James Harvey Ferguson, 93, member of a pioneer Kittitas Valley family, died Saturday, October 18 [1969] in a Seattle nursing home.

He was the son of James Ferguson and Elizabeth McEwen Ferguson, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John McEwen. The Ferguson and McEwen families came to the Kittitas Valley in 1871 over the Snoqualmie Pass from the Puget Sound Country.

The McEwens bought land in what is now known as the Denmark District. The Fergusons settled on a homestead close by Naneum Creek, where they built a log cabin. In this log cabin, James Harvey Ferguson was born August 9, 1876.

He lived on this homestead with his parents, until his marriage to Susan Carver on Dec. 24, 1899 in Ellensburg. Susan Carver was the daughter of George Carver and Rosa Curtis Carver, who came with the Alanson Curtis family to Kittitas in 1878.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson lived on a farm on the Vantage Highway and later moved into Ellensburg. In 1949, they moved to Kent where they made their home with a grandson, Marvin Rutledge. Mrs. Ferguson died in May, 1967. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson were the parents of three children, Mrs. Nellie Rutledge who died in 1928; Mrs. Bertha Wright, Seattle and Lester Ferguson, Seattle.

In addition to his son and daughter, Mr. Ferguson is survived by two brothers, George and Ben Ferguson, both of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Phelps, who continues to live on the Ferguson homestead; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the Evenson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Albert Sweet officiating Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery.