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.
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
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