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My Husband grew up in Dayton, and remembers hearing about Raggs.
How nice of you to mentioned him and the web sight too.
What a nice thing to do.
Texasstar, God bless you. I certainly don't mind you posting the link. I would like to think he won't be forgotten. Some people want to be highly regarded and well known and will do anything to achieve that. What impressed me about Rags is that he was proof that what really shines through is a person's character. Here is another link that has Dayton resident's comments about him: www.daytonhistorybooks.com/board/board-topic/1550893/394216.htm
Somethin2me, this is a tragedy, and almost made me cry. I hope you don't mind that I'm posting a link to a newspaper article on the 30th anniversary of his death. I had heard bits and pieces of this before, but didn't have enough information to research it. Thanks to you, now I know. Here's the link if anyone else is interested: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/remembering-mystery-man-rags/nNHc2/
That's so sad.
Rags passed away in 1980. He was well known and well liked in the community. It was rumored that he was a successful attorney before he dropped out of society and lived in peace on the street. The only real known fact about him is that he was a World War II veteran. All he had in his possession when he died was someone's notebook and a damaged piece of jewelry he had found on the street.