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the Ragityman (#47461407)
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Bio Photo I appreciate all the time and effort that has built this wonderful site. Thank you, one and all.
I am a nitpicker. I'm compulsive. I harness it somewhat by fixing tedious errors, such as spelling, grammer and punctuation. If you see an error on one of my postings, or if you wish to take issue with an addition or correction I have made or suggested, let me know. I'm usually a pretty reasonable guy. When I'm not, let me know that, too. Rudeness, however, will get you nowhere. "Cain't we all just get along?" [Apologies to Rodney King.]

"O the Raggedy Man! He works for Pa;
An' he's the goodest man ever you saw!
He comes to our house every day,
An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay;
An' he opens the shed -- an' we all ist laugh
When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;
An' nen -- ef our hired girl says he can--
He milks the cow for 'Lizabuth Ann.--
Ain't he a' awful good Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"W'y, The Raggedy Man -- he's ist so good,
He splits the kindlin' an' chops the wood;
An' nen he spades in our garden, too,
An' does most things 'at boys can't do.--
He clumb clean up in our big tree
An' shooked a' apple down fer me--
An' 'nuther 'n', too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann--
An' 'nuther 'n', too, fer The Raggedy Man.--
Ain't he a' awful kind Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"An' The Raggedy Man one time say he
Pick' roast' rambos from a' orchurd-tree.
An' et 'em -- all ist roast' an' hot!--
An' it's so, too!--'cause a corn crib got
Afire one time an' all burn' down
On "The Smoot Farm," 'bout four miles from town--
On "The Smoot Farm"! Yes--an' the hired han'
'At worked there nen 'uz The Raggedy Man!--
Ain't he the beatin'est Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"The Raggedy Man's so good an' kind
He'll be our "horsey," an' "haw" an' mind
Ever'thing 'at you make him do--
An' won't run off--'less you want him to!
I drived him wunst way down our lane
An' he got skeered, when it 'menced to rain,
An' ist rared up an' squealed an' run
Purt' nigh away!--an' it's all in fun!
Nen he skeered ag'in at a' old tin can...
Whoa! Y' old runaway Raggedy Man!
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes,
An' tells 'em, ef I be good, sometimes:
Knows 'bout Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves,
An' the Squidgicum-Squees 'at swallers the'rselves:
An' wite by the pump in our pasture-lot,
He showed me the hole 'at the Wunks is got
'At lives 'way deep in the earth, and can
Turn into me, or 'Lizabuth Ann,
Or Ma, or Pa, or The Raggedy Man!
Ain't he a funny ol' Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"An' wunst, when the Raggedy Man come late,
An' the pigs ist root' thue the garden-gate,
He 'tend like the pigs 'uz bears, and said,
"Old Bear-shooter 'll shoot 'em dead!",
An' race' an' chase' 'em, an' they'd ist run
When he pint his hoe at 'em like it's a gun
An' go "Bang! Bang!" nen 'tend he stan'
An' load up his gun ag'in! Raggedy Man!
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

"An' sometimes The Raggedy Man lets on
We're little prince-children, an' old King's gone
To git more money, an' lef' us there--
An' robbers is thick evr'where;
An' nen--ef we all won't cry, fer shore--
The Raggedy Man. he'll come an'' "'splore
The Castul-halls," an' steal the "gold"--
An' Steal us, too, an' grab 'an' hold
An' pack us off to his old "cave"!--
An' Haymow's the cave o' The Raggedy Man!"

---James Whitcomb Riley
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Iain MacFarlaine
I was going to leave you a message to the effect that, for someone who cares so much about orthography, there were at least three spelling mistakes on the Reds under the Beds page, but you seem to have beaten me to it. Would it be very wrong of me to point out that "Communists" has two Ms?

I should be very surprised indeed to learn that J.R.R. and Edith got divorced, as they were Roman Catholics, and converts, at that. I see what you mean about it being a dead link. I don't know whether the children were only half-brothers, but I'll try to find out. (I have just looked this up; they weren't.)

The picture of J.R.R.'s grave in Wolvercote Cemetery leave rather a lot to be desired. I have never been there, but it doesn't take very long to get from London to Oxford, so I'll make the pilgrimage later this Summer and try to take some better ones.

Hilary Tolkien seems to have lived, and may have died, near Evesham in Worcestershire. About three years ago, I went to the R.C. graveyard in that town, as I was looking for Jim Capaldi, drummer with Traffic. There were any number of Capaldis there, but I couldn't see Jim (whose real name was Nicola; I doubt whether he was very pleased about that). I wasn't looking for Tolkien, but it is the sort of name I'd have noticed if I'd seen it.

You might like to know that, last Autumn, I was in Belfast, where I saw where C.S. Lewis's parents are buried. I have added them to Find a Grave (125393055 and 125392844) but, as with Tolkien, I haven't linked them to their son, because I can't. At some point, however, I'll write to the administrators and ask them to do this.
Added by Iain MacFarlaine on Apr 01, 2014 7:00 AM
Iain MacFarlaine
I have added Handsworth to Arthur's biography. Thank you for pointing out the facts about Mabel. I may add them at some later stage, although they seem a bit obscure.

If you know where J.R.R.'s brother Hilary is buried (he died in 1976), please let me know.

Added by Iain MacFarlaine on Apr 01, 2014 5:22 AM
Anna O'Quinn Richter
Henry Olcutt 121624735
Keep meaning to write a bio but I moved on, I'm afraid.
Added by Anna O'Quinn Richter on Mar 28, 2014 10:07 PM
V Flesher
Milo Davidson
Thank you for your query about Milo. I have updated his memorial and linked him to his parents.
Added by V Flesher on Mar 27, 2014 6:12 AM
Michael J. Rea
Minnie Davidson Robbins

I was wondering if you was related to John Wesley Davidson? Willie Washington Davidson is my wife's grandfather. I've been to the cemetery in Lake County where I was told John was buried. I never did find out the name of the cemetery. It's on private land & is in very bad shape. If you would like to find out more please write to my e-mail. Minnie is a half sister to Willie. John Wesley was married to Josie Forister 1st.

Mike Rea
Added by Michael J. Rea on Mar 26, 2014 8:07 AM
Pat Taylor
Alan Watts
I would be more than happy to post a bio for Alan. The only reason I didn't do one is because I have no words that are adequate. Looking forward to seeing what you might say about this extraordinary man!
Added by Pat Taylor on Mar 25, 2014 6:55 PM
William Bean
The burial place of William Bean, d. 1782, is unknown, but it is certainly not in Dalton Cemetery in Grainger County, TN. Your memorial #126560900 for him should be deleted, or at least changed to a "burial unknown," which of course it is. However, after two hundred years, finding William Bean's actual burial location within the thirty-day limit for "burial unknown" designation per Find A Grave policy is unlikely.
Added by Stevvi on Mar 21, 2014 4:01 PM
fonda flamingo
J. Cecil Browning / Oakwood Cem. Milan Tn.
Now transferred. You wrote of Mary Helen. Who is that?
Added by fonda flamingo on Mar 20, 2014 10:32 PM
fonda flamingo
J. Cecil Browning / Oakwood Cem. Milan Tn.
Hi Rags! Thank you for sending the information to link Cecil to his parents. Done! If he is your kin and you feel that you can add to this memorial, I will be glad to transfer it to you.
Added by fonda flamingo on Mar 18, 2014 3:24 PM
Howard A Sutherland
Roberta Bowling
The link to Roberta's mother has been made.
Added by Howard A Sutherland on Mar 14, 2014 1:19 PM
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