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Ferguson Do it Best Hardware
1503 E. Main St.
Danville, IN 46122
Manager: Ed Conrad,
Ferguson Do it Best Lumber
207 E. Second St.
Veedersburg, IN 47987
Manager: Abe Hetrick,
Monday - Friday 8-7
Monday - Friday 7:30-5
Welcome to Ferguson Lumber Do it Best
The Ferguson Lumber Corporation, for well over a century, has been one of the leading businesses in Parke County. It is the oldest active family retail lumber company operating in the state of Indiana. In its original location, Ferguson Lumber has maintained its family roots, now in its fifth generation, with numerous State and Trade awards having been bestowed.
In 1868 Solon Ferguson, father of Walter and Will Ferguson, moved to Rockville from East St. Louis, Illinois and established a sawmill. Solon was killed in a boiler explosion and destruction of the mill by fire in 1897. However, the business continued to grow through the efforts of his sons, Will and Walter. In 1937 a partnership was formed consisting of Will and Walter Ferguson and Brooks Collings, who had began working for the company in 1910 following his marriage to Will’s daughter, Mary Frank.
The business prospered under Brooks Collings management and survived another disastrous fire in the summer of 1952. A few years before the fire, Brooks’s sons Paul and Dick joined the firm. Following the death of Brooks in 1966, Paul took charge as President and led the company until his untimely death in 1970. Brother Dick assumed the role of President and his son Joe joined the company in 1973.
Several corporate mottos began to find themselves within the sacred walls, but the one most often found was that of “service” being of the utmost importance to those of West Central Indiana. This service could be found in all lines of building materials. From commodity to hardware, Ferguson Lumber found itself providing what was needed with professional advice for its intended use.
In the year 2000, the corporation lost Dick Collings and Joe was asked to assume the role of President of the business. The expansion to the Veedersburg facility was made possible. 2004 presented yet another expansion in the area with the opening of the newest store, Ferguson Do it Best Hardware in Danville.
The success of the company has been due to the principle that they have always taken a genuine interest in the customer. This principle will continue to be the major focus in the future.