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Alfred C. Scroggin, living a semi-retired life upon his farm of two hundred and forty acres on section 4, Mount Pulaski township, is one of the foremost citizens of the township and is the owner of one of the finest farms within its boundaries. He is a native of Logan county, his birth having occurred May 14, 1842. His father, Leonard K. Scroggin, who was one of the wealthiest and most prominent men of central Illinois, was born in Gallatin county, this state, January 25, 1819, and was a son of Carter T. and Phoebe (Shelby) Scroggin, who were pionerr settlers of Illinois, coming to what is now Gallatin county some little time before the state was admitted to the Union. Carter T. Scroggin was a son of Humphrey Scroggin, of Kentucky, who was one of the soldiers in the Revolutionary war, serving under General George Washington. The Scroggin family is of Welsh and was founded in America in colonial days.

Alfred C. Scroggin is the eldest son of Leonard K. and Lavina (Buckles) Scroggin, his mother being a daughter of the late Robert and Mary Buckles, natives of Tennessee, who settled in this state in early life. During his boyhood he worked upon his father's farm and attended the public schools of the township, where he acquired a good education. He has always followed general farming and stock-raising.

An important event in the life of Alfred C. Scroggin occurred on the 2nd day of November, 1865, when he was united in wedlock to Miss Mary F. Phillippe, a daughter of John and Susan Phillippe, old residents of Champaign county, Illinois. Mrs. Scroggin is the second in order of birth in a family of six children and was born May 23, 1845. By her marriage she has become the mother of three children. Nettie A., born September 29, 1866, married Edward Birks of this state in 1886, lives in Logan county, and is the mother of five children, one of them deceased. Orin Oliver Scroggin, born October 17, 1868, was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Steanberger, a native of this state, January 28, 1892. They live in this county and have become parents of three children. Sarah F., born May 24, 1880, was married March 18, 1902, to H. B. Keck, now living in Sangamon county, and is the mother of one child.

Politically Mr. Scroggin is a staunch democrat. He has served the township of Mount Pulaski in the capacity of supervisor for four terms, giving excellent satisfaction as is proven by his constant reelection to the office. Fraternally he is connected with the Masonic order, being a member of Mount Pulaski Lodge No. 87, F. & A. M., and he has also taken the degrees of the commandery and the shrine. Both Mr. Scroggin and his wife are members of the Christian church and are regular attendants at its services. Living comfortably, yet without display, he has so managed his affairs that he has become one of the substantial men of the community. His rigid honesty in all his business dealings and his activity in matters affecting the public welfare have earned him the respect and confidence of all who know him.

Source: History of Logan County, Illinois, by Lawrence B. Stringer. Chicago: Pioneer Publishing Company [1911], pages 105 - 106.