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Frugal Farmer Stuns Church with $2 Million Gift

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A tiny western Pennsylvania church is
stunned by the largesse of a frugal farmer who left the congregation more than $2 million when he died.

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Blairsville inherited the estate of John Ferguson.

Ferguson wore faded overalls and lived in a mobile home surrounded by rusty farm equipment. But he built a small fortune through stock and energy investments before dying in January 2007 at the age of 71.

He left it all to the church, which has just 80 members.

Hopewell pastor Jason McQueen says a panel of congregation members has already decided to give $20,000 to a missionary and will choose other projects to be funded from income generated by Ferguson's estate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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