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Page 7 text:
All hail thee, fair Ferguson
Long live thy renown
With full hearts we laud thee
Thy praises resound.
Thy name is our watchword
'Tis praised to the skies.
We'll honor thee always,
Our love shall not die.
Thy sons and thy daughters
To thee shall he true,
And in darkness and trouble
We'll follow thee through.
Then hail thee, Alma Mater,
To thee will we cling,
Forever and ever
Thy praises we'll sing.
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Page 8 text:
Long before we can remember,
On a hill in nature's glory
Grew a grove of stately oak trees,
While on one side was a meadow,
On another stretched a forest,
Plants of all kinds grew unhindered
Around this place of peace and grandeur
In the trees frislced chattering squirrels,
Beneath them ran the furry ceatures,
Rabbits, foxes, 'coons and 'possums.
Hunted by none except the Indian,
The proud child of mother nature.
Sometime after came a stranger
To this unmarred spot of nature.
Brought with him his plow and rifle,
Built a house of rough, hewn oak trees,
Below this hill of natural splendor-
This was the coming of the white man.
They found this country fair and fertile,
Grain grew well, and game was plenteous.
So their friends all came here also,
Built a village, and were prosperous.
Later Indians were but a mem'ry,
A store appeared, post office also,
And Ferguson they called the village.
Then the elders of this village
Held forth in meeting and decided
Their children needed education.
So they loolced about to hnd
For their school a good location,
Saw from 'far the stately oak trees
That the summit of a hill was gracing.
"Here," they said, "XVill be our school."
The next September was so different
For this place among the oak trees.
Children-- happy, shouting, playing,
Came in numbers to the building
That was built just to prepare them
For a life well worth the living.
Teachers four there were to teach them
And to use the birch rod also.
Since the school was a success
And the people of the village
Grew to many times its former numbers,
So the patrons of this district
Planned to make it bigger, better,
That their children might become learned.
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