I don't have a lot about him, but I can give you some dates. J. E. Ferguson was working as a photographer in Columbus, IN as early as 1895. He sold his studio in early 1909.
Here are my sources:
-1895-96 Polk's Ind. State Gazetteer & Business Directory, p. 985; listed as J. E. Ferguson
-cabinet photo (ca. 1898) marked Ferguson's Ground Floor Gallery, 517 Washington Street, Columbus IN
-undated photo, Ferguson, opp. St. Dennis Hotel, Columbus
-undated photo, Ferguson's Ground Floor Gallery, 429 Washington St., Columbus, IN
-Bulletin of Photography, 7 Apr. 1909, p. 222 C. C. Pritchard has bought the Ferguson Photography Gallery at Columbus.
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