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Erna Fergusson

Erna Fergusson was a writer and storyteller, who documented the culture and history of New Mexico for more than forty years. Erna was born to a well-known family, her mother was Clara Mary Huning, the daughter of a successful merchant by the name of Franz Huning. He owned and operated a downtown mercantile store and flourmill. Erna Fergusson's father was a prominent lawyer in White Oaks, New Mexico, it was in 1883 that he moved to Albuquerque, where he became friends with Franz Huning. Four years in 1887 Clara Mary Huning and Harvey Fergusson were married. Erna, the eldest of four children, grew up in La Glorieta, her primary residence in New Mexico. However, between 1897 and 1899 Erna spent her formative years in Washington, D. C. when her father served as a delegate to the United States. In 1906 Erna graduated from Central High School in Albuquerque. Prior to graduating, she did preparatory work at the University of New Mexico and the Collegiate School in Los Angeles, she began teaching in the Albuquerque public schools while at the same time furthering her education.

In 1912 she graduated from UNM with a Bachelor of Pedagogy Degree. A year Erna completed her Masters in History from Columbia University in New York. After teaching a while in Chatham hall in Virginia she decided to return home and continue teaching in Albuquerque. Throughout her years Erna had various other occupations. During World War II she took a job with the Red Cross as the home service secretary and State Supervisor for New Mexico. After the war she became a reporter for the Albuquerque Herald, writing various articles regarding her hometown, she was commissioned in 1926 by Century Magazine to write “Redskins to Railroads” and “From Rodeo to Rotary” two of her pieces, which many years along with other short works became published. While at the Herald, Erna began a touring company alongside friend Ethel Hickey; the touring company, Koshare Tours, provided guests with tours of the southwest, introducing them to native cultures. Koshare Tours were so successful that Fred Harvey, a famous and well to do western hotel and restaurateur, bought the touring company and hired Erna Fergusson to direct the new endeavor—Indian Detour Service.

In 1931 Erna Fergusson published her first book Dancing Gods, about Indian ceremonials. Several histories and numerous travel books followed after her success with Dancing Gods. In her 1934 book, "Mexican Cookbook", Fergusson was the first to correct the English-speakers notion that "frijoles refritos" meant "refried beans", but the correction never reached the popular consciousness. In 1942 Erna Fergusson helped; the year after she was awarded as an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New Mexico. She died in Albuquerque in 1964. Erna Fergusson can be best depicted as a New Mexico writer of the 1930s, honing the two techniques of oral interview and conversational prose style. Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System opened a branch library bearing her name in 1966. Dancing Gods Fiesta in Mexico Mexican Cookbook Guatemala Venezuela Our Southwest Our Hawaii Chili Cuba Murder & Mystery in New Mexico Hawaiian Islands Hawaii New Mexico: A Pageant of Three Peoples Mexico Revisited

John Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, 3rd Baron Acton

John Emerich Henry Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, 3rd Baron Acton, was a British peer and soldier. Acton was born in Bordighera, Italy, the eldest son and third of nine children born to Richard Dalberg-Acton, 2nd Baron Acton, a diplomat in the foreign service, his mother was the only child of Thomas Henry Lyon of Appleton Hall, Cheshire. The fourth generation of his family abroad, the 2nd Lord Acton and his children became British citizens in 1911 by Act of Parliament; the family was living in Germany. They were temporarily detained in Baden Baden in 1914. In 1915, Lord Acton became chargé d'affaires in Berne. In 1919, his father added the additional surname and arms of Lyon when Lady Acton inherited from her father, his mother died in 1923, when his youngest sister was just 2. He was educated at the Royal Military College and Trinity College, Cambridge, he succeeded to the family titles upon the death of his father in 1924. His only brother, Richard William Heribert Peter Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, was killed in a plane crash in Gambia in 1946.

In December 1945, Acton was appointed to the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire as a Member. In February 1947, he was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Salop but resigned his commission in November the same year because he stopped living in the county. In the 1964 New Year Honours, Acton was appointed to the Order of St Michael and St George as a Companion. Acton was a devout Catholic, he was a president of the multiracial National Club in Salisbury, Rhodesia. He married Hon. Daphne Strutt, daughter of The 4th Baron Rayleigh, on 25 November 1931; the couple had eleven children: The Honourable Pelline Margot Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Charlotte Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Catherine Lyon-Dalberg-Acton Richard Lyon-Dalberg-Acton, 4th Baron Acton The Honourable Reverend Canon Dr John Charles Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Robert Peter Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Jill Mary Joan Lyon-Dalberg-Acton Professor The Honourable Edward David Joseph Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Peter Hedley Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Mary Anne Lyon-Dalberg-Acton The Honourable Jane Lyon-Dalberg-Acton He died in Mallorca, Spain in 1989