Tuesday, August 07, 2007

D. A. Scroggins

Batesville (TN) Daily Guard

News of Other Days

| Published on Tuesday April 10, 2007

Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 20, 1994.


County officials, county agents, home demonstration agents and others
flocked here today from many counties to hear W.R. Dyess explain the new
relief setup which is replacing the Civil Works Administration. Mr. Dyess
drove here by motor from Fayetteville to attend the gathering which was to
begin at 10 a.m., but he did not arrive until 1:30. The meeting was held in
the federal courtroom, and it is estimated that about 175 persons were in

D.A. Scroggins, 58, must serve the rest of his life behind prison bars for
the slaying of an infant born to his daughter. That was the verdict
returned late last night by the jury in Independence County Circuit Court.
The courtroom was packed throughout the day yesterday. The defendant
received the verdict calmly and without emotion.

One of the biggest local Masonic meetings of the year will be held tonight
by Mount Zion Lodge No. 10 at 7:30. This will be the occasion of the
official visit of the grand master Thomas. Past grand master Fielding W.
Harris of Viola has already arrived in the city.

The one-day meeting of the district Parent Teachers Association held here
yesterday in Central school was attended by about 175. Mrs. John C. Miller
of Heber Springs is district president.

The death of Judge A.J. Craig at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.R.
Shelpman of Salado, April 6, has recalled a colorful life for many citizens
of Independence County. Judge Craig was born at Jamestown May 27, 1844, the
descendant of a pioneer Arkansas family. His father was John Louis Craig, a
teacher of the Indians at Old Dwight Mission, which was one of the earliest
settlements in Arkansas. His grandfather, Joseph Hardin, came to Arkansas
in 1807.

­ Guard, April 12, 1934

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