Floyd Alvin “Abb” Ferguson passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2011, at the age of 101. Abb was born on a small farm near Pickwick, Texas, the second child of Jim and Nannie Ferguson. In 1915, the young family traveled to New Mexico by covered wagon in search of a better life.
After wintering in the Palo Duro Canyon, near Amarillo, they laid claim to a small homestead near Elida, where they lived for the next 12 years. These were hard years for the family with constant drought and failure to discover any ground water on the property. At age 16, Abb decided he needed to leave home in order to find work and try to send money back to help support his parents and siblings. His first job was as a hand for the Four Sixes Ranch in northwest Texas where he spent a year helping to build a fence from Panhandle to Borger, Texas. During this time, Abb learned to box and competed in local traveling carnivals. He was able to earn extra money to send home by boxing threeround Login to read more