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History of Kossuth, Hancock, and Winnebago Counties, Iowa

History of Kossuth, Hancock, and Winnebago Counties, Iowa together with sketches of their cities, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and 641 biographies of representative citizens. Also included is a history of Iowa embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a brief review of its civil and military history.

Biography of Thomas Bartow Ragan

Thomas Bartow Ragan was born on a plantation in Pulaski County, Georgia, November 28, 1862, of sturdy Sew-Irish stock, the son of Alexander and Sophia Davis Ragan. Alexander Ragan was born in Robinson County, North Carolina, in 1827, and was but eight years old when his family moved to Georgia. He became a farmer and married Sophia, daughter of H. L. Davis, judge and justice in the early days of Pulaski County. Thomas Bartow Ragan was reared on the farm. He attended the country schools and supplemented his instruction by study, reading, and, later, by travel. At eighteen he came to Hawkinsville and began clerking for J. F. Lewis & Company, which firm he served for five years. Then he and a brother established the mercantile business, R. T. Ragan & Company. In 1889 the senior brother died, and Thomas became sole owner, continuing his career as merchant with success. He built the Ragan Mercantile Company into a large business, serving a wide territory. He acquired large farming interests, and became a director in the Planters Bank. A man of vision, he promoted many enterprises for the development of his town and county. He was instrumental in securing a steamboat line on the Ocmulgee, and a cotton compress, and was a stockholder in the Hawkinsville Cotton Mill. He organized the Southern Trust Company, which did must to advertise Pulaski County and attract settlers, and he was largely instrumental in building, and was president of, the Hawkinsville & Western Railroad, then an important link in Middle Georgia railroad connections. Though handicapped by deafness and ill health, he actively supported everything...

Biographical Sketch of L. C. Ragan

Linneaus C. Ragan, son of Mary Elizabeth Daniel and Lafayette H. Ragan, was born January 7, 1879, in Pulaski County. His paternal grandfather, Alexander Ragan, and his great grandfather, Robert Ragan, migrated from North Carolina in 1835, and were pioneer settlers of Pulaski County. His sisters are Mrs. Walter Ferguson and Miss O’Bena Ragan of Hawkinsville. Mr. Ragan was educated in the schools of the county, graduating from Ebenezer College in 1896. He was reared on his father’s farm, but at the age of twenty-one entered the mercantile business, which vocation he has followed for thirty-five years. In 1903 he was married to Miss Mary Alma Wall, of Milledgeville, Georgia, daughter of Laura Gentry and Henry Wall. Four children have blessed this union: Elizabeth, Henry, Julian, and Frances Willard. Henry was married to Miss Edith Claire Elder of Cochran, Georgia, in 1934. Mr. Ragan is one of Hawkinsville’s most prominent citizens, always helping in every civic enterprise. He is a member of the Baptist Church and is a staunch Democrat, serving as chairman of the Democratic committee of his county. He has served as president of the Pulaski County Fair Association, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and is now a city commissioner, farmer, merchant, and banker. At present Mr. Ragan holds the office of State Senator, to which place he was elected without opposition. He has contributed much to the success of the session of the General Assembly, having served on many of the outstanding committees. Hawkinsville and Pulaski County hold no more dearly loved nor highly esteemed citizen than Mr....

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