Monday, April 25, 2011

A Guardian for Daisy's Daughters

Scroggins guardian

From this announcement in the Hobart News of January 3, 1918, I was surprised to learn that Roscoe R. Peddicord had been appointed guardian of 10-year-old Helen and 8-year-old Edna Scroggins.

Why would those little girls need a guardian? True, their mother was dead, but their father, Edward DeWitt Scroggins, was alive and well enough to have been admitted to the militia, and furthermore his second wife, Bertha, was a young woman, the mother of a 3-year-old and presumably able to be a mother to her stepdaughters.

Somehow I suppose this may have had something to do with Grandpa Henry Chester's having been a (moderately) rich man when he died.

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