Guy Ferguson Jr., 96, who owned and operated Columbia News Agency, a Northwest Washington newspaper stand
specializing in out-of-town publications, died Feb. 12 at his home in Mount Rainier. He had dementia.
The stand was at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the old Washington Evening Star Building. Mr. Ferguson began
working at the newsstand in 1927 after quitting Central High School in 11th grade. Within a few years, he bought it for $1. He
retired in 1972.
For years, he had a contract to supply the Justice Department with newspapers and magazines.
Mr. Ferguson was a native Washingtonian. As a young man, he played baseball and basketball for the Boys' Club of Washington
and other amateur teams.
During World War II, he maintained his news business while working as a chauffeur for Navy physicians stationed at the
Washington Navy Yard.
His wife, Ann Lawn Ferguson, whom he married in 1935, died in 1984. A daughter, Catherine, died in infancy in 1937.
Survivors include three children, Guy A. Ferguson and Timothy Ferguson, both of Mount Rainier, and Mary Ann Cecil of Silver