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The Ferguson home

An old proverb says, “a home is not merely a building but requires inhabitants and a friendly atmosphere.” Galt pioneer and carpenter James Ferguson built this home in 1871 and lived in it until 1899. The house remained in the family until 1949 when Ferguson’s daughter Maude Ferguson Ritz decided to sell the dilapidated eyesore. Albert and Shirley Truman wanted to buy the house for the $5,000 asking price, but the added expense in fixing it became an issue. Ritz decided to sell the house to the Trumans for monthly payments of $50 a month, and the place was restored to its original condition. The house still exists on the corner of 3rd and B Streets. The Trumans took this photo in 1949 before its restoration.