WINFIELD S. FERGUSON, M. D., physician and surgeon of Kansas City, Kansas, has practiced his profession in this city for nearly a score of years and he is exceptionally well known among both fraternity and laity. Mr. Ferguson was born in Paducah, Kentucky, on the 28th of January, 1861, and is a son of Mason F. and Mary (Lagore) Ferguson, the former of whom was a native of the state of Kentucky and the latter of Ohio. The father was identified with agricultural pursuits in the vicinity of Paducah, Kentucky, until 1864, in which year he removed to the state of Kansas, settling on a farm near Glenwood, Leavenworth county. He married Miss Mary Lagore in 1844, and they became the parents of five children, three of whom are living at the present time. Mr. Ferguson was summoned to the life eternal in 1910, but his cherished and devoted wife survives and makes her home with the immediate subject of this review.
To the public schools of Bosar, Kansas, Dr. Ferguson is indebted for his preliminary educational training. When twenty-one years of age he left the home farm and was matriculated in Park College, Parkville, Missouri, in 1881. Subsequently he attended the Northwestern Medical College at St. Joseph, Missouri, and he was also a student in several other medical institutions, but did not graduate in any. However, he entered upon the practice of medicine at Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1887, but one year later he came to Kansas City, where he engaged in the real estate business. Meeting with financial reverses in 1893, he withdrew from that line of enterprise and again turned his attention to the general practice of medicine, in which he has now been engaged for nearly twenty years.
In November, 1884, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. Ferguson to Miss Bertha E. Gates, of Leavenworth, Kansas. To this union have been born five children, as follows: Winfield B., a graduate of the law department of the University of Kansas, and now engaged in the practice of his profession in this city; Myrtle May, who is now enrolled as a student in the Kansas University; Florence F., who at the age of fifteen years met with a fatal accident while at high school; Ruth Naomi, a graduate of the high school; and Walter S., who is a student in the public schools.
In politics Dr. Ferguson is an adherent of the policies of the Prohibition party and fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and for twenty-one years a member of Giant Camp, No. 1412, of the Woodmen Order. He and his family belong to the Presbyterian church. Dr. Ferguson is a public spirited citizen and is a useful and respected member of society.
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