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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, 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; 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.
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