The late Robert Ferguson, of Little River, who was one of fcbe best known and oldest resident of the Little River district, .died suddenly at LHtle River on Tuesday last. Mr Fer guaon was perfectly well at breakfast, and left the table apparently in the best of health, but waa -found a few minutes later quite dead. Many Peninsula residents remember "Fergy," the name by which he was popularly known, for a genial, generous personality, with a quiet unassuming manner, and his well known figure will be much missed from Little River asonaofitß most popular landmarks. The late iir Ferguson was born in Les Mabagow, County Lanark. vScot lond, in the year 1860, and was a son of Mr Duncan Ferguson Hβ left Home when thirteen years of age, and sailed for Lyttelton, and came to Aka roa, where he entered the employ of the late Mr Newton, sen, of Akaroa and was engaged in dairying. Hβ entered the late Mr Newton's employ in 1878, and in 1875 commenced his apprenticeship as a eaddlerin the employ of the late Mr KUsell at Akaroa.. * When the Main road was finished between Obristohurch and Akaroa via Little' River, the late Mr Kisaell started a general etore and saddlery business at Little River, and made the late Mr Feru?on h'u Little River manager. The coach at that time went through to Christchurch via Birdling's Flat, the train service to Little River not being completed for some years after. The late'Mr Ferguson in later years bought the saddlery business from the late Mr Eissell, which he carried on to the time of his death, running in con junction with bis business stables and paddocking for stock, and in latter years a boardinghouse. The late Mr Ferguson was one of the keenest trout fishermen in Canterbury 16 is said that be could always .fill bis eret-'l wbeo others came home empty banded Hβ never used anything but the fly, and was always a true sport as a fisherman. As a cricketer, he was a member of the old Waiiewa Cricket Club, being a fine bat and a fair bowler. He also took a keen interest in rowing, especially in the old Wai rewa Rowing Club. He took interest in all publio matters, but bis rebir/ng disposition did not lead him to take any prominent part in public affiirs, though tfa always gave bis support. The late M r Ferguson married M ias Dougherty, daughter of Mrs Dough erty, who was originally too wife of the late Mr McQueen, of MjtsQi'een'e .Valley By this marriage there were three daughters and one son. After Jbe death of his first wife 6 years ago, Air Ferguson married Mitjs G Fanning of Christchurch, daughter of the lafct Mr Stephen Joseph Fanning, of Christoburcb, and sister of Bernic Fanning, [be ex" All Black ,, footballer. Thtre were two children by this mirriagv one of whom died recently.
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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4394, 8 May 1914
OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4394, 8 May 1914
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