St. Francois County, Missouri
Crime News





Butler Scaggs
Cairo, Ill--The Sheriff of St. Francis County, accompanied by another officer, arrived in Cairo yesterday on their way to Harrisburg, Saline County, where they are going to arrest a young man named Butler Scaggs. Scaggs is a schoolteacher and was employed to teach a school in St. Francis County, where after teaching a short time he eloped with one of his pupils, an eleven-year-old child. This occurred some six week ago and although search has been made for the hiding place of the runaway couple ever since, nothing was heard of them until a few days ago, when it was learned that they were living in or near Harrisburg. The young man Scaggs is well known in this city, and a year or two ago was employed by the school board to teach a colored school in one of our country districts.
[Source: Cairo Daily Bulletin, Saturday, 23 Feb 1878; transcribed by Darrel Dexter.]



























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