The greatest mystery in the history of Gallatin County is this:
What happened to Hub Ferguson on the night of June 18, 1954?
|There are only two known photographs ever published of Ferguson.
The one above is 30 years before his death. A newer picture, from
1946, is at left. It's a pic of the Gallatin Co. Soil Conservation District
Officers. From the left, we have E. W. Collins, Frank Gardt, Sheriff
Ferguson, Robert Clifton, and Louis Gex.
Literally hundreds of people came out
The bad news came Monday. You can see Ferguson's partially floating body in the lower part of the picture on the left. In the center, is the crowd trying to get a look at the body. On the right, is a 22-pound cast iron tie plate and a wire. The plate was wired around his neck, and there was a gunshot wound in this head.
A map of where the body was found.
|This is Sue Poteet, a niece of Sheriff
Ferguson, pointing to the Eagle Creek
pool where he was found.
Over 500 people attended the funeral at Carlton's Funeral Home.
This is Harlan Heliman, the Commonwealth Attorney
in charge of the investigation
This is Ferguson's wife, from whom he had been divorced for a year or two, but from whom he had been separated from 30 years; and his son, Jimmy, who lived with his mother in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ferguson was somewhat of a loner. The Gallatin Co. News described him as “Not the most popular man in the county, but the least disliked.”
The complete story of Hub Ferguson is here.
Roy Wheeler's account of the Ferguson story is here.
(because of the pop-ups now on Wheeler's original site, we've copied his text to a pop-up free page on our site.)