Saturday, January 8, 2011

Robert Arthur Ragsdale (1884-1956)

Robert Arthur Ragsdale

Robert Arthur Ragsdale was born on May 28, 1884 in Pope County, Arkansas.  He was the sixth child born to Lewis and Isabella Ragsdale. 

Robert lived with his parents until at least 1920.  In 1910 he was working as a Sales Manager of a grocery store, probably the same one in which his Uncle Sid Ragsdale worked.  In 1920 he was self employed as a Lawyer. 

In 1918, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Norfolk, Virginia.  He enlisted just a few days before the death of his father.  He served his country from June 11, 1918 to September 30, 1921.  He was a veteran of World War I.

Robert married Celeste D. Campbell around 1922, in either Pope County or Pulaski County, Arkansas.  He was around 38 years old and she was about 30.  Celeste was born on May 19, 1891 in Missouri, the daughter of Robert A. and Celeste M. Campbell. 

After their marriage, Robert and Celeste made their home in Illinois, Pope County, Arkansas.  In 1930, they were the parents of three children:
            Philigh W.     born in 1924
            Nancy            born in October 1925
            Annagale      born in October 1925

 Robert Arthur Ragsdale died on October 27, 1956 in Arkansas.  He was 72 years old at his death.  He was buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery on October 31, 1956.  The cemetery is located at 2523 Confederate Boulevard in Little Rock.  His grave is in section 11, site 84.

Celeste went on to live almost 20 years after the death of her husband.  Celeste D. Campbell Ragsdale died in August 1972 at the age of 81.  She was living in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, California, probably with one of her married children.

Notes for Robert A. Ragsdale
Birth, Death, Burial, Military Service:  National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
Residence and Occupation in 1910:  Year: 1910; Census Place: 3-Wd Russellville, Pope, Arkansas; Series: T624; Roll: 61; Page: 140A; Enumeration District: 88; Part: 3; Line: 8.
Residence and Occupation in 1920:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Illinois, Pope, Arkansas; Roll: T625_77; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 97; Image: 308.
Notes for Celeste D. Campbell
Birth and Death: Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.  Number: 430-32-0836; Issue State: Arkansas; Issue Date: Before 1951.

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