Thursday, January 29, 1970

Thursday, January 01, 1970

Rev. Robert Dawson
(26 Oct 1846 - 28 Oct 1947) [16723]

Rev. Robert Dawson [16723]
(husband of Sarah Elizabeth Scroggin Dawson [16724])

Obituary - Harrisburg (Illinois) Daily Register, 28 October 1947

Rev. Robert Dawson, 101, Dies at Wasson

Funeral Wednesday For Saline County's Oldest Churchman

The Rev. Robert Dawson, 101, Saline County's Centennial Churchman, died Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Dumford, at Wasson. He had been failing in health for six months, but was buoyed by his expectancy of taking part in the Centennial until this climactic event officially closed his public service.
It seemed to relatives and friends that his strength was sustained providentially to enable him to make his last appearance on the occasion of the last afternoon at the Centennial celebration, when he officiated at the wedding of a young couple from Eldorado. Next day he collapsed and although he rallied, his vitality slowed ebbed away. He was the oldest both in service and age. He had been preaching for 76 years.

Rev. Dawson was named by T. Leo Dodd, president of the Saline County Historical Society, "The Saline County Centennial Churchman."

It was from his remarkable collection of events in detail, recounted in a most pleasant manner that much of the material concerning early years of Saline County's history, that Mr. Dodd compiled his chapter in the Centennial history "Saline County" on "Churches and Religious Worship."

The Rev. Dawson was converted in a Fee Will Baptist service in Tennessee, where he was born in 1846, on Oct. 26. He was reared at Ashland, in Cheatham County, Tenn., and was ordained and started preaching when he was about 24 years of age.

He held his first revival in a dilapidated old Methodist church where the congregation sat on split rail benches, and huge timber surrounded the building.

His education was limited to three months of regular schooling, and a study of the Bible, Webster's dictionary, and the Cruden Concordance. He said on his 100th birthday, which was celebrated in 1946, "I depended upon the Lord for wisdom."

He was married when he came to Illinois at 33 and settled in Pope County, remaining there until he was 50 years old. He was not present at the organization of the Social Brethren Church, which took place in Saline County in 1867, but he became a minister in that denomination soon afterward and remained active in evangelism until his death. He had resided at Wasson and preached there for more than 20 years.

Surviving children include the Rev. Bluford Dawson [16719], Methodist minister recently at Galatia and now a Louisville, Ill.; Mrs. Sarah McDonald [16728] of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Ethel Colbert [16727] of Wasson; Mrs. Olive Dean [16726] of Eldorado; and Mrs. Bertha Dumford [16725], widow of E. P. Dumford [16734], of Wasson with whom he made his home for several years. His body will lie in state at the Martin Funeral Home in Eldorado.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Spring Valley Church south of Harrisburg. Dr. C. C. Hall of Carbondale and Rev. J. Rue Reed of Flora will officiate and interment will be in Spring Valley Cemetery.

Leonard B. Scroggin
(28 Feb 1860 - 25 Dec 1942) [3552]

Obituary - Mount Pulaski Times-News, 31 December 1942

L. B. Scroggin Services Here

Leonard B. Scroggin, former resident of Mount Pulaski, died at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 1942, at his home in Harrisburg, Arkansas, aged 82 years, 9 months, and 27 days. He was ill about one week, pneumonia being the cause of death. His brother, T. A. Scroggin [3540], of Mount Pulaski, was with him when he died.

Mr. Scroggin was born Feb. 28, 1860 on the old Scroggin farm two miles south of Mount Pulaski, Ill., a son of Leonard K. and Lavina Buckles Scroggin, who were among the earliest pioneer residents of Mount Pulaski township. He attended school in the old Logan County court house building in the public square, now a Lincoln shrine, and, on his recent visit here in November, visited the historic structure as it is now restored. In early manhood, he learned the banking business in the Scroggin bank, owned by his father.

On January 6, 1889, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Grace Foster. Though there were no children born to this union, Mr. and Mrs. Scroggin raised five children.

In 1891, they moved to Sullivan, Ill., where Mr. Scroggin established a bank. After about 20 years there, they located in Missouri and remained ten years, going then to Harrisburg, Ark.

He became a member of the Christian church and Odd Fellows lodge in Auxvasse, Mo. Less than two years ago he made a special trip to his old home city to receive a 50-year Masonic medal, which he prized highly. By his large number of friends, he was known to be a man who was deeply interested in those less fortunate than himself, and he will be greatly missed.

Decedent is survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Foster Scroggin; two sisters, Mrs. Susan Suttle of Placentia, Calif., and Mrs. Edna Anderson of Lincoln, Ill.; one brother, T. A. Scroggin [3540]; and one step-sister, Mrs. Erma Maurie, Mount Pulaski.

The remains arrived in Mount Pulaski Sunday evening and were taken to the Schahl Funeral Home where funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, conducted by Rev. J. Wayne Staley, pastor of the Christian church. Two hymns, "Does Jesus Care" and "Abide With Me", were sung by Mrs. Fred Mayer jr. and Mrs. Everett Beidler, with Mrs. J. H. Stuart as organ accompanist. The funeral was in charge of Mount Pulaski Lodge no. 87 AF & AM, the ritualistic service at the funeral home being conducted by Ennis A. Downing. Members of Mount Pulaski Commandery No. 39, Knights Templar, acted as escort.
Burial was in Steenbergen Cemetery, not far from where Mr. Scroggin was born. The pallbearers were George Volle, H. V. Wynd, John Curtis, Clarence E. West, Harry Downing, and Frank Copeland.

Sarah Elizabeth Scroggin Dawson
(16 Nov 1867 - 19 Mar 1938) [16724]

Sarah Elizabeth Scroggin Dawson [16724]

Obituary - Harrisburg (Illinois) Daily Register, 31 March 1938

Wife of Rev. Robert Dawson [16723] of Wasson Dies; Funeral Today

Mrs. Lizzie Dawson, 71, wife of the Rev. Robert Dawson of Wasson, who had a paralytic stroke Tuesday, died Wednesday at 1 p.m. and was buried today at Spring Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements for her funeral were hurried so that relatives who came from Florida Tuesday to be present at the burial of Presley Dumford [16734], a step son-in-law of Mrs. Dawson, might attend. Mrs. Bertha Dumford [16725], the widow, whose home is in Kissimmee, Fla., is a stepdaughter of Mrs. Dawson. Mr. Dumford, who formerly lived in Harrisburg and Eldorado, was buried at Cottage Grove cemetery Tuesday afternoon, and the Florida relatives did not learn of the sudden illness of Mrs. Dawson until after the burial service.

Mr. and Mrs. Dawson have lived at Wasson for many years. He is 92 years of age and, for the past 64 years has been a Social Brethren minister.

Their children are: Mrs. Cressie McDonald [16728], Harrisburg; Mrs. Granville (Ethel) Colbert [16727], Wasson; the Rev. Bluford Dawson [16729], Methodist minister at Creal Springs; and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Olive Bean [16726], Eldorado, besides Mrs. Dumford. Mrs. Ellen Reynolds [16763], Harrisburg, is her only sister.

The Revs. Mack Wasson and Rue Reid conducted the funeral service at Spring Valley this afternoon.

Pleasant S. Scroggin
(18 Dec 1865 - 13 Feb 1917) [3873]

Pleasant S. Scroggin [3873]

From Obituaries from The Daily Register, Harrisburg, Illinois, 1917, published by the Saline County Genealogical Society, 1996

Harrisburg Daily Register - 21 February 1917

Mitchellsville - Mrs. Robert Dawson [16724] and Ellen Reynolds [16763] attended the funeral of their brother, Pleas Scroggins, who was buried at the Jones cemetery on Eagle Creek.

Harrisburg Daily Register - 24 February 1917

Pleas Scroggins, brother of J. H. Scroggins [16762], died at his home near Cobden, Ill., Feb. 12, and was brought back her for burial on the 15th. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Montgomery of Equality in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends. Deceased leaves a wife and eight children - 3 girls and 5 boys; 1 brother and 3 sisters, to mourn his departure. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved.

Thomas Arthur Scroggin
(17 Oct 1867 - 13 Jan 1958) [3540]



Obituary - Lincoln Daily Courier, 13 January 1958

T. A. Scroggin, Mt. Pulaski, Dies

MT. PULASKI - Thomas Arthur Scroggin, 90, chairman of the board and former president of the Farmer's Bank of Mt. Pulaski, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday in Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient since Dec. 4, 1956. The deceased had served as chairman of the board of the Mt. Pulaski bank since retiring as president in 1947. He began his career as a banker in 1882 with the Scroggin & Son Bank, owned by his father, L. K. Scroggin. The bank was incorporated in 1914 as the present Farmer's Bank. Scroggin became cashier at the bank in 1914, and president in 1918. He served as president until his retirement in 1947.

Funeral services are pending. The body was removed to the Schahl Funeral Home.
A native of Mt. Pulaski, Scroggin was born Oct. 17, 1867, to Leonard and Rhoda Alice Girtman Scroggin. He was married to Anna Mary Weisenberger at Mt. Pulaski Oct. 6, 1891. Mrs. Scroggin survives with one son, Wilfred Scroggin, Sr., Mt. Pulaski; three daughter, Mrs. R. B. Foster of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Harry Martin, Sr., and Mrs. Austin Schaffenacker of Mt. Pulaski; and one sister, Mrs. Edna K. Anderson of Lincoln. There are nine grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

The deceased was a member of the Christian church.

Source: SIL-TENNIAL EDITION (Times-News, Mt. Pulaski, ILL.) Thursday, July 15, 1961

Thos A. Scroggin, Esteemed Banker Died January 1958

Thomas Arthur Scroggin, well known and esteemed resident of Mount Pulaski and vicinity all of his life, and a retired bank official, died at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, 1958, in the Abraham Lincoln Hospital, Lincoln, Ill., at the age of 90 years, 2 months and 26 days. His health began to fail several years ago, but his last illness was the result of a fall in his home on South Spring St., in Dec., when he was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Scroggin was born Oct. 17, 1867, on a farm two miles south of Mount Pulaski, a son of Leonard K. and Rhoda Alice Girtman Scroggin, Logan county pioneers. His father was born on Jan. 25, 1819, in Gallatin county, Illinois, a son of Carter and Phoebe Scroggin and as a lad came with the family to Logan county, locating on a farm in Mount Pulaski township. He became an extensive landowner and in 1872 engaged in the banking business with other citizens under the name of Scroggin, Warner & Co. When Mr. Warner retired, the name was changed to Scroggin & Sawyer, Walter P. Sawyer being the junior member. The bank was then located in the building across the alley north of the present Times-News building.
Along about 1877, the Scroggin building was constructed on the west side of the public square, a half block in length, to house the banking business, the Scroggin Opera House and the Scroggin Hotel. Mr. Sawyer retired in 1881 and the bank was then named Scroggin and Son. When Thomas A. Scroggin, who had attended school in the township, was 15 years old, his father had him enter the bank as office boy, then clerk, teller, bookkeeper, cashier and finally president of this well known central Illinois banking institution.
In 1912 the name of the bank was changed to The Farmers Bank. Mr. Scroggin served as cashier from 1914 to 1918 and the as president from 1918 to 1947, when he retired from active duty in the bank.
Mr. Scroggin was one of the three original trustees named in the will of the late Clarence Tomlinson, and he served that trust faithfully for a number of years.

On Oct. 6, 1891, he married Miss Anna Mary Weisenberger, daughter of Charles and Johannah Weisenberger.

Besides his wife, decedent is survived by the following children: one son, Wilford K., Sr., of Mount Pulaski; three daughters, Mrs. R. Baxter, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Harry S. Martin, Sr., and Mrs. Austin W. Schaffenacker of Mount Pulaski.

Obituary - Mount Pulaski Times-News, 16 January 1958

THOS. A. SCROGGIN, 90, VETERAN BANKER, DIED MONDAY MORNING

Had Been Failing in Health for Several Years

Thomas Arthur Scroggin, well known and esteemed resident of Mount Pulaski and vicinity all his life, and retired bank official, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1958, in the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln, at the age of 90 years, 2 months, and 26 days. His health began failing several years ago, but his last illness was the result of a fall in his home on South Spring St., Dec. 4, when he was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Scroggin was born Oct. 17, 1867 on a farm two miles south of Mount Pulaski, Ill., a son of Leonard K. and Rhoda Alice Girtman Scroggin, Logan County pioneers. His father was born on Jan. 25, 1819, in Gallatin County, Illinois, a son of Carter and Phoebe Scroggin and, as a lad, came with the family to Logan County, locating on a farm in the Mount Pulaski township. He became an extensive landowner and, in 1872, engaged in the banking business with other citizens, under the name of Scroggin, Warner, & Co. When Mr. Warner retired, the style was changed to Scroggin & Sawyer, Walter P. Sawyer being the junior member. The bank was then located in the building across the alley north of the present Times-News building.
Along about 1877, the Scroggin building was constructed on the west side of the public square, a half block in length, to house the banking business, the Scroggin Opera House, and the Scroggin Hotel. Mr. Sawyer retired in 1881 and the bank was then named Scroggin & Son. When Thomas A. Scroggin, who had attended school in the township, was 15 years old, his father had him enter the bank as an office boy, then clerk, teller, bookkeeper, cashier, and finally president of this well-known central Illinois banking institution.
In 1912, the name of the bank was changed to The Farmers Bank. Mr. Scroggin served as cashier from 1914 to 1918, and then as president from 1918 to 1947, when he retired from active duty in the bank.
On the observance of his 80th birthday anniversary Oct. 17, 1947, Mr. Scroggin arrived at the bank to find his desk decorated with several bouquets of beautiful flowers, gifts of friendship and esteem from members of the bank staff, from other banks, as well as old friends. He then went into retirement, but remained as chairman of the board of directors until the time of his death. Mr. Scroggin made frequent trips to the bank until his health began failing.

He always proved courteous, obliging, and a capable official, whose personal popularity thru about 70 years at the bank constituted one of the attributes of success for this banking institution.

Since he had always lived in the community, his fellow townsmen knew that his career had been characterized by fidelity to duty and by honor in all his relations with them.

On Oct. 6, 1891, he married Miss Anna Mary Weisenberger, daughter of Charles and Johannah Weisenberger, who moved from Alexander, Morgan County to the Mount Pulaski vicinity in 1874. They were wedded in a double wedding ceremony in Springfield, the second couple being his brother Hubert Scroggin and Miss Luella Shoup. The minister was Rev. Joseph Deal.

Mr. and Mrs. Scroggin went to housekeeping in the Beam House, corner of Cooke and Spring Streets, that had been built about 15 years before as one of the largest ever constructed in Logan County for residential purposes. They occupied part of the building, remaining there until the family home was built just to the south of the site of the present high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Scroggin quietly observed their 67th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6, 1957.
Mr. Scroggin was a member of the Mount Pulaski Christian Church.

Besides his wife, decedent is survived by the following children: one son, Wilford K. Scroggin Sr., of Mount Pulaski; three daughters, Mrs. Baxter R. Foster, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Harry S. Martin Sr. and Mrs. Austin Schaffenacker, Mount Pulaski; nine grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Edna Anderson of Lincoln, the last of the large Scroggin family.

The body was removed to the Schahl Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held this Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Mount Pulaski Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Paul Burdick. Appropriate organ music was rendered by Mrs. Frank Turley.
Burial was in Steenbergen Cemetery, four miles southwest of Mount Pulaski. The pallbearers were: Wilford Scroggin Jr., Harry S. Martin Jr., Thomas Arthur Scroggin, John T. Martin, all of Mount Pulaski; Robert Hemphill and Hubert Scroggin.

Robertus Humphrey "Bert" Scroggin (25 Mar 1865 - 19 Mar 1948) [3727]

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