|Charles Ramsey Scroggie
Born October 9, 1866
|Charles Ramsey Scroggie ("Charlie") was the last child born to Andrew & Grace Scroggie, in Burbank, Ohio on October 9, 1866. At the age of six, he moved with his family to Jones County, Iowa, saying "Iowa is sure a big place"! He grew up on the Scroggie farm in Clay Township and graduated from Lennox College in 1891. At Lennox, Charlie met his future wife, Miss Jessie Cummings, whom he married in 1894.
Charlie and Jessie had their only child, Eugene in 1895, who later was a WWI fighter pilot in Eddie Rickenbacker's famous 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron. During his career, Charlie had several jobs, including selling insurance, owner of a newspaper, the Hopkinton Leader, and finally as a professor and school principal. In 1900, Charlie was appointed guardian of his father Andrew, who had been declared "of unsound mind" by the court in Jones County. Upon Andrew's death in January, 1902, Charlie was assigned as executor of the estate and oversaw the distribution of his assets.
He and Jessie lived in several towns in Eastern Iowa, settling in Des Moines by 1908. In the early 1920s, Charlie retired and moved with Jessie to Santa Monica, California, where he spent the remainder of his life and died there on June 29, 1948.
Written & Submitted by: Mike Scroggie
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