October 12, 2010
TOOLS DONATED TO KANSAS STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
After five decades as a Veterinarian, Doc John Ferguson retired with an auction this summer in his home town of Clyde, Kansas. Among items in his sale were a large group of tools that belonged to his Swedish-born grandfather, Nels Ferguson. The tools, which hung for many years in Doc Ferguson’s basement, included four specific stone masonry tools that were used in the construction of the State Capitol building in Topeka in the mid-1800’s. In June, Auctioneer Greg Askren, sold the entire group of tools to Kansas Senator Mark Taddiken and Representative Elaine Bowers, who both represent Cloud County in the State Legislature. They in turn donated the collection to the Kansas State Historical Society on behalf of the Ferguson family. The four masonry tools; a plumb bob, wooden level, float and a pry bar, will be temporally displayed in a glass case near the tour guide desk on the first floor of the Capitol during the final restoration phase of the building. The tools are expected to be displayed permanently in one of recessed exhibit units around the rotunda on the lower level of the Capitol after the remodel with the Ferguson family’s name on the plaque.