A true type of the self-made man is evidenced in the career of Emanuel T. Ragle,
, who now lives one mile east of Naranjo, in Tulare County, Cal. He was born May 8, 1833, back in Tennessee, in Hawkins County, and there attended public schools after he was old enough until he was eighteen years old, when he went to Indiana. After remaining there but a short time, he went to Iowa, where his residence was likewise brief. He returned to Indiana and from there started for California in 1854 and drove an ox-team across the plains for $10 a month and his board. He located near Redding, Shasta County, Cal., but soon went to the mines in Mendocino County. Meeting with but indifferent success there, he made his way to Sonoma County, where he farmed until 1863. Returning to Mendocino County, he remained there a year and in 1865 came to Tulare County, and after a couple of years spent on Outside creek near the dam, he came to his present location, where he bought eighty acres of land. Soon afterward he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres, and by subsequent purchases he has increased his holdings to seven hundred and seventy-five acres, notwithstanding he has in the meantime sold two hundred and thirty-five acres. He has devoted his land to grain, and raises cattle, horses and hogs, and in each one of these several fields of endeavor he has done well. When he came to the County, nearly all the farming was in grain, settlement had not far advanced and improvements were few and widely scattered. He had his initial experience with grain and has followed the development of agriculture, sometimes keeping in advance of it, thus profiting by every new development and having advantage of every innovation
Beginning life with $1.50 capital, Mr. Ragle has worked and persevered, triumphing over difficulties as he has met them until he is now one of the prosperous men in his community. It is probable that two causes above all others have contributed to this achievement. He has at all time been what we are all pleased to call a hustler, aggressive, active and up-to-date, and he has at the same time been always a Christian gentleman, devoted to the honorable dealings and the uplift of his community. He is widely known throughout the surrounding country for the high grade of his stock and he keeps usually about one hundred head of cattle and forty to fifty head of horses. The schools of his community have been his constant care, and he has done much to advance them.
Mr. Ragle married, September 23, 1858, to Miss Eliza Ann Moffett, a native of Tennessee, who was brought early in life to California, and she has borne him thirteen children, nine daughters and four sons, all of whom are living, and all of whom are native sons and daughters of California. Mrs. Ragle’s father was Hamilton Moffett, of Scotch-Irish blood, who died in Missouri when Mrs. Ragle was four years old. Her mother was Charlotte Bunn, born in Virginia, who died in Tulare County. Mr. And Mrs. Ragle are the proud grandparents of half a hundred grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
The father of Emanuel T. was George H., born in Virginia and died in Tennessee. His grandfather was born in Germany and settled in Virginia, where he was accidentally drowned
From History of Tulare and Kings Counties, California, with Biographical Sketches by Eugene L. Menefee and Fred A. Dodge