Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Ferguson Hall is 50!
Constructed in 1958-59, Ferguson Hall was completed in Jaunary 1959 and ready for the boys to move into the Spring semester of 1959. “Each room contained a bunk bed, sliding door closets, built in drawers, a cupboard, desk, bookshelves, and a wash basin, as well as tile lavatories and showers. The unairconditioned building did not have a lounge but shared the existing reception/recreation area in Bender Hall”. (Guthrie, John Tarleton and His Legacy, p.117)

Ferguson Hall was named after former Associate Dean George Ollie Ferguson. He was a lifelong Erath County resident and attended John Tarleton College from its’ opening year in 1899 until 1901. He received his BA from the University of Texas in 1907 and was hired at Tarleton in 1913 as professor and head of the department of history and economics. In 1920 he was promoted to Associate Dean and registrar and served in that capacity until semi-retirement in 1946. (Dick Smith Library Cross Timbers Historic Images Project, Chamberlain, George O. Ferguson narrative).

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