A Guide to the Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925
Ruth N. Ragsdale (b. ca. 1891) lived in Cherokee County, Texas, and was the wife of rancher W. J. Ragsdale.
Business records, legal papers, correspondence, and advertisements comprise the Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925, documenting ranch interests, land deals, and the personal correspondence of Ruth N. Ragsdale. Business records are composed of account books (1886-1901) detailing expenses paid, items bought and sold, and employees’ working time and compensation; a breeders certificate (1916); two promissory notes signed by John Muckleroy (1885); and receipts (1871-1912), primarily pertaining to land taxes. Legal papers include deeds (1854-1879), power of attorney documents (1877-1888), a deposition (1895), and John Muckleroy’s wills (1884-1886). Correspondence consists of a letter to Ruth N. Ragsdale, a post card to Arthur Norman from W. B. Ragsdale, a 1913 pension approval letter to W. B. Ragsdale, and two 1919 letters between the Norman family, including one to Richard C. Norman from his mother declaring her excitement that he will soon be returning home from World War I. Advertisements are for an ad for a free bible catalog, and a flyer concerning land for sale near Jacksonville, Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Ruth N. Ragsdale Papers, 1854-1925, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers