EDWARD RAGSDALE
Physician and surgeon, post-office Lone Jack. The subject of our
sketch is not only one of the old settlers, but has been one of the most
useful and honored citizens of Van Buren Township. Born in Bedford
County, Tennessee, July 30, 1836. He was a son of Edward and Sarah
Raggsdale, both natives of Tennessee. When he was but an infant, his
mother died, and when he was but eighteen months old, his father
moved to Lexington, Missouri, and lived there till 1842; then moved to
Lone Jack, Jackson County. Remained there but a short time, then went
to Texas, but soon returned to Lone Jack, and lived there till 1851; then
in Lafayette and Hold Counties till 1854, when his father died. He
received his education at Chapel Hill College, and graduated in the class
of 1856. He then engaged in teaching for six years. He afterward took a
course of medical lectures at St. Louis, and subsequently was a
member of Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, and graduated
from there in 1868. He began the practice of medicine before attending
college in Philadelphia, and during the War was steadily engaged in
practice at Lone Jack and Chapel Hill, and rendered valuable service to
the wounded at the battle of Lone Jack; here he has ever since
remained, actively and successfully engaged in his profession. He has
been twice married. First, on March 3, 1861, to Elizabeth Easley, of
Jackson County, who was born December 3, 1840, and who died
August 7, 1875. By this union, five children were born: Luetta, May 2,
1862; William Lee, February 9, 1864; Ann Eliza, April 12, 1866; Edward
W., December 29, 1870, and Thomas, December 3, 1873. He was
again united in marriage, March 29, 1876, to Virginia W. Easley, a sister
of his first wife, and who was born March 11, 1844. His present wife
was a personal but unwilling spectator of the terrible carnage at the
battle of Lone Jack. She was a guest at the hotel, which the Federals
occupied during the battle, and was standing in the front door when the
battle began; several balls passed through the door while she was there.
She was obliged to get what shelter she could, by lying on the floor
among the dead and wounded, till the close of the battle. Although a
lady of refinement, she was also one of compassion and tenderness,
and at the end of the battle rendered great aid in caring for the wounded.