Charles P. Skaggs

Courteous, painstaking and especially accommodating, Charles P. Skaggs, 
of Harrisburg, is one of the best clerks the City Court has ever had, 
and its clerks have always been capable and efficient, the affairs of 
his office being administered wisely and conscientiously and with complete 
thoroughness. He was born December 1, 1858, in Marion, Williamson county, 
Illinois, a son of Pryor Lee Skaggs, in whose sketch, which appears on 
another page of this work further parental and ancestral history may be 
found. After leaving the public schools of Marion, Charles P. Skaggs 
attended the State Normal School at Carbondale, and later taught school 
for a year. He subsequently read law, but instead of being admitted to 
the bar engaged in the abstracting business, for which he was amply qualified, 
making a set of abstracts for different counties, including Saline, Hamilton 
and Gallatin, and for awhile worked in the office of abstracts in Jefferson 
county. From there Mr. Skaggs came to Harrisburg, and for fifteen years was 
cashier of the Bank of Harrisburg, assuming the position when that institution 
was opened by J. M. Baker. When the bank was merged into the National Bank, 
Mr. Skaggs retired and began the practice of law with the well-known firm of 
Thompson & Williford, with which he was associated until being honored for 
the second time by an election to the office of mayor of the city, he having 
served in that position while yet cashier in the bank. He filled out his term, 
and after a brief interim was again chosen to fill the mayor's chair, his 
previous service having been eminently satisfactory to his fellow-citizens. 

In 1900 Mr. Skaggs was elected as a representative to the State Legislature 
from the district composed of Saline, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Pulaski 
counties, and served in the Forty-second General Assembly. He was quite 
active in the House, and was influential in securing the passage of the 
law forbidding the wearing of a badge of any Order by any person not a 
member of said Order, the matter being brought to the front by himself as 
the chairman of the committee of miscellaneous business. He also secured 
an appropriation for erecting a monument to that honored pioneer surveyor 
of Southern Illinois, John Rector, who was buried on Rector creek, in Rector 
township, he having been killed near the spot of his burial by hostile Indians. 
The citizens of that place, however, took no interest in the matter, and the 
effort elapsed, the appropriation being never used. 

In 1909 Mr. Skaggs was elected to his present position as clerk of the 
City Court, and is now serving in this position. On November 29, 1882, Mr. 
Skaggs was united in marriage with Carrie E. Seimer, who was born, educated 
and married in Jefferson county, Illinois, and they are the parents of four 
children, namely: Charles Seimer Skaggs, M. D., who is engaged in the practice 
of medicine at New Westminster, British Columbia; Frank P., a druggist in 
Harrisburg, married Myrtle Reynolds, daughter of T. S. Reynolds, postmaster 
at Harrisburg; Helen H., wife of Harry Wolcott, manager of the Harrisburg 
Elevator Company; and Will B., engaged in the drug business in Harrisburg. 
Fraternally Mr. Skaggs is a thirty-second degree Mason, and has passed all 
the chairs of the Blue Lodge and the Chapter, and is an active member of 
Gethsemane Commandery, No. 41, K. T., of Metro-pole, Illinois; he is also a 
member and a past noble grand in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and past 
conductor in the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs are members of 
the Daughters of Rebekah and Mrs. Skaggs was treasurer for ten years of the 
Rebekah Assembly of the state. Mr. Skaggs is prominent in the affairs of the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is past exalted ruler of the local 
lodge of that order. Both he and his wife have attended several of the triennial 
conclaves of the Knights Templars. 

Source: History of Southern Illinois George Washington Smith, 
Page 888 - 889

Submitted by Robert W. Loman 

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