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8630 SW Scholls Ferry Rd #133, Beaverton OR is my personal genealogy hobby site. The data contained here has been gathered through 20 years of genealogy. It contains everyone I know who are connected to European Royalty or Nobility. Some small part of it is my original research, but most of it has been generously shared with me!

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Family Sheet
Name: William Winters Ragsdale Note Born: 2 Oct 1893 at Green Pond, Bibb Co., Alabama, , , Married: 29 Jul 1925 at Pueblo, , Colorado, , , Died: 7 Dec 1968 at Pueblo, , Colorado, , ,
Name: Opal Erma Hughes Note Born: 8 Sep 1904 at Florence, Fremont Co., Colorado, , , Died: 13 Jan 1993 at Firth, Lancaster Co., Nebraska, , , Father: Charles Brooks (charlie) Hughes Mother: Myrtle Edna Huff
Name: Pauline Myrtle Ragsdale Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Husband: William Elmer (bill) Deats
Name: Elizabeth Jeanne Ragsdale Born: 6 Aug 1928 at Pueblo, , Colorado, , , Died: 4 Apr 1977 at Chambersburg, , Pennsylvania, , , Husband: Bill Justice
Name: Robert Bruce ''bob'' Ragsdale Born: (suppressed / living) Died: Wife: Diana Wright
1). After serving in the Navy during World War I, he returned to Alabama and went to work in a mine. He was assigned to work under a very hardened and vicious straw boss. The straw boss had everyone terrified of him. He had the practice of cutting men with his knife if they didn t jump to do exactly what he said instantly. Mr. RAGSDALE saw this happen to others several times and vowed that he would not let it happen to him. He started packing a gun to work. One day, he was working high on a scaffolding. The straw boss was behind him and ordered him to do something that he thought was far too dangerous. He refused to do it, and the straw boss slashed him repeatedly back and forth across his back with his knife. He turned around pulled out his gun and shot the straw boss dead on the spot. He was immediately arrested and thrown into jail. There was discussion about a murder trial. But, the Ragsdales had a good deal of influence and were friends with the governor of Alabama. He was let out of jail and told that he would not be charged, provided he left Alabama. That was when he moved to Colorado where he drove a mule team for the road crew building the road that goes over Monarch Pass in Colorado and eventually met and married. He did not return to Alabama to visit until about 16 years after the shooting. Source Alicia DEATS
2). She was an artist.  Info from Alicia DEATS, Lincoln, NE. Date 28 MAR 1998

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