Biography of Harold K. Ferguson
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HAROLD KINGSLEY FERGUSON, president of the H. K. Ferguson Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the leading organizations of the kind in this country acting as industrial engineers and construction engineers. The company has handled an impressive program of building work, including construction for many of the largest industrial corporations.

Mr. Ferguson, whose permanent home has been in Cleveland for a dozen years, though his interests take him to all parts of the country, was born at Albion, Michigan, November 22, 1883, son of John H. Ferguson and grandson of James H. Ferguson. His grandfather was born in the north of Scotland and on coming to America settled in Sullivan County, New York, and from there removed to southern Michigan. He was a farmer by occupation. John H. Ferguson was born in Sullivan County, New York, was reared in Michigan, and from Albion, that state, removed to Delaware, Ohio, and in order to give his children the advantages of a higher education located there, where he and his wife are now living, retired. He is seventy four years of age, and for many years was a wholesale agent for pianos. John H. Ferguson married America Clark, who was born at Angola, Indiana, of English ancestry. Her father, Benjamin Clark, was born in eastern New York State and early became a citizen of Angola, Indiana. Mrs. John H. Ferguson is seventy three years of age.

Harold Kingsley Ferguson was educated in public schools in Albion and Jackson, Michigan, and in 1905 graduated as Bachelor of Science from Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware. In the meantime he had spent three years in training and working service with the Jackson Light and Power Company. On leaving the university in 1905 he became timekeeper and estimator for the Austin Company of Cleveland, one of the old and well known engineering and construction corporations of the city. On January 1, 1907, he began work for the Santa Fe Railway in the signal department and was stationed in Colorado and New Mexico on construction work until 1910. He was then promoted to assistant signal engineer with headquarters at Topeka; but soon resigned to become commercial engineer in the railway department of the General Electric Company at Schenectady, New York.

Mr. Ferguson in 1912 returned to Cleveland to become secretary of the Austin Company, factory builders. In 1918 he formed the H. K. Ferguson Company, of which he is president. During the World war, while with the Austin Company, Mr. Ferguson gained distinction as being the author of the plan for putting up standard buildings in thirty working days, a task formerly requiring four or five months. Some of the work done by the H. K. Ferguson Company includes industrial buildings for the Hayes Wheel Company of Jackson, Michigan, the Fatima Cigarette Factory at Richmond, Virginia, building work for the General Electric Company, the Delco Company of Dayton, the Showers Brothers Furniture Factory at Burlington, Iowa, and Bloomington, Indiana, buildings at Staten Island, New York, and Ivory Dale, Ohio, for Procter & Gamble, and work for the Maxwell Motor Company of Detroit, the Nordyke & Marmon Company of Indianapolis, and the National Cash Register Company of Dayton. In 1923 the H. K. Ferguson Company undertook the erection of a large manufacturing plant at Tokio, Japan, for the Shibaura Engineering Company of that city. The preliminary work had been done before the great earthquake in September, and while that calamity delayed the program the work has since been completed. Mr. Ferguson is also a director of the Stearns Conveyor Company of Cleveland.

Mr. Ferguson is a trustee of his alma mater of Ohio Wesleyan University, he is a trustee of the Windermere Methodist Church of Cleveland, and belongs to the University Club, Cleveland Athletic Club, Canterbury Club, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and the Engineers Club and Bankers Club of New York.

He married August 26, 1908, Miss Lillian Austin of Cleveland. They have a family of four children: Eleanor J., Kingsley, Ruthe E., and Margery L. Ferguson.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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