COLLINSVILLE TIMES, FEBRUARY 18, 1932
ROBERT ERWIN RAGSDALE
Robert Edwin was born October 30, 1873, the son of S.A. and Jane
Ragsdale, about one half mile south of Collinsville on the Al Neathery
place. His entire life has been spent in this city where he was looked
upon as a most estimable citizen and loyal friend. He had been manager
of the telephone system for the past twenty-three years. In addition to
keeping up all ends of the general work, he acted as night operator. About
four-thirty each afternoon, it was his habit to go to his home, do up the
night chores, have supper with his wife and son, and with her, return to
the telephone office for the night, going on duty at six o'clock and remaining
until seven in the morning. He was most courteous and pleasant with his
public. His business life was not confined to this work however. Some years
ago, he worked at the Dishman Mill for some time. He was again connected
with the Collinsville Post Office and was one of the first mail carriers
out of the city. Some twelve years ago he was one of a firm of three men
who conducted a first class, well stocked grocery business. With his nephew,
Herman Ragsdale and the late F.P. Varley, he helped maintain this business.
About four years ago he purchased a small farm west of Collinsville after
this store was burned out. He farmed in a small way and raised truck goods
to some extent. He was quite enthused over his undertakings and was finding
much satisfaction from the labor he expended there.
In 1895 he was married to Miss Fannie Reynolds. To them were born
two children, Reynolds, who is still at home; and Vera, who when she was
seven years of age was burned to death. When he was a boy, his mother gave
to him and to each of her other two sons, Reed and Seldon Ragsdale, a Bible.
In the Bible belonging to the deceased was found, after his death, his
signature and that of his brother Seldon, under the temperance pledge.
He made good his pledge; he never touched strong drink during his entire
56 years. Nor did he in any form use unbecoming language. His was a clean
life. Early in youth, he became a member of the Methodist church and in
every way tried to live according to the teaching of his God. He was a
man of great talk; he was a quiet, observant, agreeable, pleasant man.
His good deeds were performed without ceremony, with the doer making no
reference to them. Many were his kind and gracious deeds, however, and
often has he been a benefactor to those less fortunate than he. He was
a member of the Praetorian and the W.O.W. orders. In these he was a loyal,
dependable member. Listed among his strongest traits were his faithfulness
and dependability. In his every day life these characteristics manifested
themselves strongly. Though he did not assume the initiative, he was always
willing and glad to support measures for the good of his town, his organizations,
his friends and his church. He lived quietly, unassuming and practical
- one of the most noble characters that ever lived. He died November 11,
1929. (Fannie died 1935; Reynolds died 1936).
Children of Robert Erwin Ragsdale & Frances (Fannie) Reynolds
Alfred Reynolds Ragsdale
Vera Lee Ragsdale, born c1897; died c1907
Vera Lee Ragsdale, born c1897; died c1907 after being burned to
death; buried in Collinsville Cemetery