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Scrogum, Charlotte Sophia (Fischer) 1844-1940


Posted By: Chuck Runneberg (email)
Date: 5/22/2007 at 00:04:54

In Response To: Scrogum, John M. 1882-1943 (Chuck Runneberg)

North Ia. Times July 1940
Charlotte Scrogum

Charlotte Sophia Fischer Scrogum was born in Erfurt, Germany, February 1, 1844.

At the age of ten she came alone to America to make her home with her uncle at Kingston, New York.

After several years she departed for Rock Island, Ill., to make her home with her brother.

On March 1, 1865, she was married to Jacob H. Scrogum of that city.

The following August they moved to North McGregor, Iowa, (now Marquette) and lived there until March 1866, when they moved their furniture by boat to the present location known as Scrogum's Landing. There were no railroads north of Marquette at that time.

Here she and her husband reared their family of ten children. They established the Scrogum Fish and Ice Co. business which is known over much of the United States.

Grandma Scrogum as she is more affectionately known to her legion of friends was a great lover of flowers, and her happiest moments were when she could give or send a bouquet to them. She will always be remembered for her sterling qualities of character and life which she instilled in her children.

On July 15th, she had the misfortune to fall in her home, breaking her right hip. She suffered great pain until Wednesday, July 24, 1940, when she passed away ar her home at 4:45 A.M., at the age of 96 years, 5 months, 23 days. Her husband passed away April 25, 1909. One daughter, Mayme, and one son, Grover, pased away in infancy; the oldest son William passed away February 24 1908; George, second son passed away May 25, 1925, and one daughter, Agnes Schurtzman, passed away July 23, 1926. Surviving the loss of their mother are three daughters, Mrs Emma Johnson, Mrs. M. E. Grady of Marquette and Mrs Kathryn Ross of Waverly, Iowa. Two sons, Charles of McGregor, and John at home; seven grandchildren, Mrs Wilbur Heaton, Marquette; Mrs Robert Lee, Rawlins Wyoming; Mrs Elroy Runneberg, Havelock, Iowa; Earl Scrogum, Columbus, Ohio; Norman Scrogum, McGregor; Forest McCoy, Marquette; John Robert Ross, South America; and eight great grand children.

The funeral services were held at the home Friday July 26, at 2:30 p. m., Rev Glenn W. McMichael officiating.

The casket bearers were Messrs. William Wingen, Charles Veit, Sherman F. Krohn, Harry H. Schott, Marvin Dykeman and Everett E Hagensick.

Those from out of town whe attended the funeral were Mrs Walter Rice, Mrs Carl Lamb, Miss Bessie Ross, Miss Jessie Finch of Oelwein; Mrs Ed. Reisstack and Miss Rose Gatena of Dubuque.


We wish to sincerely thank the relatives and friends who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our dear mother, also for the beautiful floral offerings, use of cars and co-operation of state highway employees and county officials in protecting the highways during the services.



Added by S. Ferrall on October 23, 2013

Veteran River Woman Passes - LIved Beside Mississippi For 80 Years

McGregor, Ia. - Mrs. Charlotte Scrogum, 96, who lived beside the Mississippi River at "Scrogum's Landing," just north of here, for the past 80 years, died at her home Wednesday morning following a hip fracture suffered a week ago in a fall.

Her husband, the late Jacob Scrogum, made the first shipment of fish from the Upper Mississippi to Eastern markets in the 60's. Her two sons, John and Charles, are still carrying on the commercial fishing business at the landing which in the early days was a favorite stopping place for rafts to buy supplies.

The family has tended a post light on the Mississippi River north of their home ever since lights were put into service in 1874.

A prized possession of Mrs. Scrogum was a river pilot's field glass which was washed up on shore 75 years ago when a steamboat blew up in front of their home, killing 16 of the crew and passengers.

Surviving are three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Emma Johnson, Mrs. Michael Grady, and John, all of Marquetts; Mrs. Katherine Ross of Waverly, and Charles of McGregor; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at McGregor.

Mrs. Scrogum was a native of Germany, being born Feb. 1, 1844 at Ersurt. She came to America when a small child, the family settling in this vicinity.

~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Wednesday evening edition, July 24, 1940, page 1

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