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li i E -.-SIL.TENNIAL EDFFION (TLmos-News, Mr. PulaskL IIL) TRRSDAY, 7DLY 13, 1961 FARMERS BANK OLDEST BANKING FOUNDER OF FARMERS BANK INSTITUTION IN LOGAN COUNTY Bank SuildJ.llg Also [ier; Paul H. Voile, Sonja Weller, ]and Faye Bahn. Included Scroggin I Next year we will be in our Opera House, Hotel h year as a bank, and we have a deep appreciation of the The Farmers Bank of Mount Pulaski, which will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year, dates back to the life of Leonard K. Scroggin, its founder. The follow- ing is an interesting account up to the present. After the Civil War, Leonard K. Scroggin owned considerable land about Mt. Pulaski, and with his farming operation nd cattle feed- ing, raised and sold many head of cattle during the years, and in the year 1872, found his busi- ness had increased to such an ex- tent he decided to open a private bank. He chose as his helper a young man by the name of Walter Sawyer, who looked after the book work and helped him with the money and notes, as he had loaned considerable money to the farmers and business men of the community. This bank was call- ed the Scroggin & Sawyer Bank, and was in the building that faces west on the north side of the alley on South Washington, and which is still there at this date. His own son, L. B. Scroggin, be- gan to work in the bank with Sawyer, and after about four years, Mr. Scroggin bought the lot where the present bank is located and decided to build a new build- ing; he bought the lot from Magdalena Danner by deed, dat- ed February 7, 1876. The building that was built was very substantial for that time, and consisted of bank and store, over which were offices and a large opera house and dance hall. The building also included a three-story hotel and rooming house, which had about 20 rooms in addition to parlor and res- taurant or dining room. On completion of the new building, the new bank was call- ed Scroggin & Son, and a few years after that, was known as The Farmers Bank of Scroggin & Son, it being a private bank and remained such until July 1st, 1914, when it was incorporat- ed as a State Bank under the name of The Farmers Bank of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, its present name. During the early years and un. til about 1905, a number of people worked in the bank, among them were Linn K. Scroggin, Walter Sawyer, L. B. Scroggin, B. F. Seroggin, John M. Rothwell, Frank Wilson, Fred W. Meister. Records previous to 1905 are hard to find for as a private bank no general records of employees were re- quired, although practically all old records such as deposits, ledg- [confidence that has been enjoyed by us during these years by the many patrons that have come to us for service. We are not the largest in our county, by far, but at the present we are the oldest, and we hope and believe we can continue to be of service in the ,ears to come. L K. Scroggin Owned 25,000 Acres of Land Leonard K. Screggin was born in Galatin County, Ill., Jan. 25, 1819. Carter T. Scroggin, his fath- er, was born in Kentucky, and died in 1859. The members of the family were Mary A., Russell Shelby, Humphrey, Esther J., Sar. ah, Pleasant, Carter, Thomas, El- len, and Leonard. Leonard was 8 when brought by his family to Logan county. He was educated in a log school house during three months of the year. After his marriage he began farming 40 acres of his own and 40 acres of timberland. Success attended his well-directed efforts and as the years passed he made judicious investments in land un- til he owned 5,000 acres in Lo. gan county, alone. His land possessions elsewhere amounted to 20,000 acres, including land in Nebraska and Missouri and 10,000 acres of Minnesota land. In May, 1872, Mr. Scroggin or. ganized the Farmers Bank, and in the business, his son was as- sociated with him. In early manhood, Mr. Scrog. gin was united in marriage to Miss Lavinia Buckles, a daugh- ter of Robert Buckles. She was born in Logan county in 1826, married in 1841 and called to her final rest Jan. 16, 186,3. There were 10 children born to this union. After the death of his first wife Mr. Scroggin was married to Mrs. Rhoda Picketing, the widow of Thomas Pickering and the dau- ghter of George Girtman, former- ly of Missouri, whence he remov. ed to Mount Pulaski township, Logan county, where the birth of Mrs. Scroggin occurred. By the second marriage there were three children, Herbert; Thomas, who was cashier in the Farmers Bank, and Edna, wife of Logan An- drews. Mr. Scroggin built the bank, op- era house, and Scroggin House in 1877, erected other fine build- ings and cooperated in many movements and measures for the !general good. ers and notes, and etc. are still[ here and intact, in most instances L K .......... " --an and I [H|NI 941 pack to the ,eginning.  y " " many names of the great grand- VISITED STATE FAIR fathers, grandfathers, and lath- , . (Oct.,17, 1913) ers of present citizens can be seen .ast Sunday s Springfield Reg- ister contained the folllowing of on these old books and are very interesting. Shortly after 1902 and 1903, we find among the employees, nam- es that are still familiar to us today, such as Virgil Wynd, G. A. Voile, E. A. Downing, George Weller, Harold Tomlinson, Della Anderson, A. W. Schaffenacker, Harry O. Elliott, and a host of girls have helped us during the passing years. During the years since the in- corporation of this bank as a State Bank, we have had the following as directors: Leonard K. Scroggin, founder and president until his death in 1918; L. B. Scroggin, A. C. Scroggin, T. A. Scroggin, 3. M. Tomlinson, Will- iam H. Bryson, William Dittus, W. E. Birks, Michael Volle, Harry Wells, Wilford K. Scroggin, Sr., Ira Veail, O. O. Scroggin, A. W. Schaffenacker, W. K. Scroggin, Jr., G. A. Volle, and Dan Volle. The present Directors at this date, are: O. O. Scroggin, E. K. Rothwell, Wilford K. Scroggin, Sr., W. K. Scroggin, Jr., Dan Volle, and G. A. Voile. The officers and employees are: G. A. Volle, Pres- ident; Wilford K. Scroggin, St., Vice-President; Dan Volle, Cash- ier; Harriet Bender, Ass't. Cash- ,interest to Mr. Pulaskians: "Leonard K. Scroggin of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., 94 years old, was one of the most interested state i fair visitors. Mr. Scroggin made his headquarters during his visit at the tent of the H. S. Bekemeyer Realty Company. Mr. Bekemeyer was formerly a resident of Mt. Pulaski and a great friend of Mr. Scroggin. Mr. Scroggin was born the same month and year as Queen Victoria. He has a deed to 20,000 acres of land in Canada signed by Queen Victoria. The deed was given direct by the crown in order to clear the title, as the land was being claimed by the Hudson Bay Company. Although 94 years old Mr. Scrog- gin visited all of the buildings and thoroughly enjoyed the ex- hibits. "Mr. Scroggin is a democrat of the old school. He is a strong admirer of President Wilson and his administration." Visitors to Mount Pulaski will find the city filled with gra- cious hosts and hostesses. Our folks have always had a fine rep. utation for friendliness and this occasion will fully prove it. LEONARD K. SCROGGIN Carter Scroggin, Father Of L. K. Came In 1827 In the year 1827 Carter T. Scroggin came to what is now Logan county. His father, Hum- phrey Scroggin, was a native of North Carolina and married Sar- ah Kirby, a native of Virginia. Humphrey Scroggin had the dis- tinction of serving in the Conti- nental Army, having enlisted at the age of 17 and serving thru the Revolutionary War. He was present and witnessed Lord Corn- wallis surrender the British Army to George Washington, at York- town. Later, Humphrey Scroggin moved with his family to Ken- tucky. In 1811 they came to Gallatin county in Illinois. Then it was that the Territory of Illinois con- tained less than 15,000 white in. habitants. Caner T. Scroggin was born in Kentucky in 1796, and came with his parents to Illinois. He met and married Phebe Shelby, a native of North Carolina, who came to Illinois with her father, Jacob Shelby. In 1827 Canner and Prebe Scrog. gin came to Logan county, staked out a claim in the Lake Fork timber, about 4 miles south of the present site of Mt. Pulaski, and built an unhewn log cabin, with a puncheon floor. In the fall preceding "the deep snow", in 1830-31, he built a comfortable hewed log house on the same site where passers-by found a hospit- able welcome. Carter Scroggin died in 1859, and his wife died in 1876. Both are buried in the Steenberger Cemetery. They were the parents of the following children: Leonard K., Mary A., Russell L., Humphrey, J Esther J., Sarah E., Carter Jl Pleasant M., Thomas J., i Ellen C. 1871 Advertisers A Mount Pulaski newspaper printed during the year 1871, al- most 90 years ago, contained the advertisements of the following businessmen, etc. George S. Sawyer & Co., dry goods and groceries. George Mayer & Co., dry goods and groceries. Firm composed of George Mayer, David Vanhise, and W. W. Martin. Mount Pulaski Mills, S. C. Brown, owner. Harmon F. Lushbaugh, Jeweler. J. N. Pumpelly, practicing physician, druggist and apothe- cary. E. B. Weakley & Bro., carriages, wagons, etc., and horseshoe- tng. Mrs. O. T. Capps, Millinery, New York Styles and Patterns. O. T. Capps, oyster and ice cream parlor. U. E. Robinson, house and sign painter. Robert Green, Clothing, etc. St. Charles Saloon, D. Layeock, owner. A. Reese, house and sign paint- er. Reinhart & Werlich, hardware agricultural implements. P. L. Corby, boots and shoes. Fuller & Washburn, contracton and builders. Firm composed of L. A. Fuller and George P. Wash- burn. J. M. Reitz, saddlery. C. Paranteau, boarding house, and feed stable. Also daily hack, Mount Pulaski to Lincoln and re- turn. S. Linn Beidler, drug store. Charles S. Capps, stoves, hard. ware. Alex Beck, fashionable barber and hair dresser. Thos. A. Scroc00 00teemed Banker. D:ed January Thomas Arthur Serog igdt known and esteemed res.lUlC Mount Pulaski and viclnlY _ his life, and a retired bank died at 7:45 aan., M, h,, ial, Jan. 13, 1958, in the Ab!ll " ! Lincoln Hospital, Lincoln, ., the age of 90 years, 2 and 26 days His health .i " Llt to fail several years ago, last illness was the resu ,, fall in his home on South ,'e St., Dec., when he was t to the hospital. Mr. Seroggin was born 1867, on a farm two of Mount Pulaski, a son ard K. and Rhoda AliCe Scroggin, Logan county His father was born on 1819, in Gallatin countY, a son of Caner and PhOebe. gin and as a lad came wl family to Logan county, ing on a farm in Mount township. He became ire landowner and in gaged in the banking with other citizens name of Scroggin, When Mr. Warner name was changed to Sawyer, Walter P. Sawyer the junior member. The was then located in th ing across the alley present Times-News Along about building was west side of the public half block in length, to banking business, the Opera House and tel. Mr. Sawyer retired and the bank was Scroggin & Son. When Scroggin, who had school in the townshit years old, his father ter the bank as office clerk, teller, bookkeeper, and finally president of t known central IllinoiS institution.. . In 1912 the name of__...du was changed to Bank Mr Scroggin so,- --_.a v. .- lO cashler from 1914 to at .. then as president from '-di" 1947, when he retired from duty in the bank. _t i - ID. Mr. Scroggin was onca.  three original trustees . the will of the late clarex:  linson, and he served tbv faithfully for a number o,n...e/ On Oct. 6, 1891, be :b. Miss Anna Mary We"l" daughter of Charles rune ,o nah Weisenberger. _e! : Besides his wife, deCt survived by the followiag ,  ren: one son Wilford K:,, Mount Pulaski; three d Mrs. R. Baxter Foster, " Oregon; Mrs. Harry ' P Sr., and Mrs. Austin , .- naeker of Mount pulaS" Exm: A college terra ,- ing, "Hello, folks, I may be "/ sooner than you thin THOS. A. SCROGGIN HONORED ON HIS RE00T