Honor Roll: Division 561's Ferguson a 51-year BLET member
Stuart B. Ferguson of BLET Division 561 (Richmond, Va.) celebrated 51 years of membership in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen on Nov. 9.
Brother Ferguson, who will turn 86 years old in December, began his railroad career on December 19, 1940, as a fireman in Richmond, Va., for the RF&P (today a part of CSX). He earned promotion to locomotive engineer in 1948 and joined the BLE on November 9, 1956. His brother J.E. Ferguson was also a locomotive engineer and a member of Division 561.
Brother Ferguson and his wife, Frances, were married in 1947. The couple has three children, Bev, Isabell and Gayle; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren, with the 10th expected in January 2008.
His last run was on December 30, 1984, as the engineer of a diesel passenger train between Richmond and Washington, D.C.
Even though he misses the men he worked with, Brother Ferguson has kept busy during retirement. He is a member of the Masons and is active in his church.
The Fergusons live at 210 East Richmond Rd., Richmond, Va. 23223.
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