Jacob H. Scrogum, Justice of the Peace and notary public, North McGregor, was born in Fulton, Calaway County, Mo., Sept. 7, 1844, a son of William Scrogum and Elizabeth, nee Hereford. He is a native of Virginia, and she of Tennessee. Her father was at one time Governor of North Carolina. When Jacob H. was one year old, his parents removed to Rock Island, Ill., where he attended school until sixteen years of age, and on March 1, 1864, was married to Charlotte S. Fisher, a native of Ertorf, Prussia, Germany. She came alone to America when thirteen years old, and joined her uncle in Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. and Mrs. Scrogum have had eight children, seven living-- Agnes C., William H., George E, Charles L., Emma, Jessie H., and John M. Mary A. died in infancy. Mr. Scrogum became a resident of McGregor, Ia., in August 1864, and worked one year in Seely & Shaw's sash factory, then engaged in his present business. He has one of the most extensive fisheries west of the great lakes. He also deals in ice, supplying the city trade. He was elected a member of the School Board in 1875, and in 1881 was elected its President, a position he still retains. He was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace in 1880, being the only Democratic candidate elected that year. He runs for the Government Scrogum's light-house on Scrogum's Island.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 999- 1000
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