Belle (Ragsdale) Carpenter, who died 31 December 1962, was the
daughter of Daniel and Sarah (Houston) Ragsdale and the sister of
of Edward C. Ragsdale, all of whom are buried in Salem Cemetery
Lot No. 19/35. Belle is buried in the Chariton Cemetery with members
of her husband, George F. Carpenter's, family.
"Belle Ragsdale, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Ragsdale, was born
on a farm in Benton township, Lucas county, Jan. 22, 1867. She
attended the Salem rural school, finishing the eighth grade.
"After her father's death May 2, 1888, she and her mother moved
to Chariton. She learned the dress maker's trade, sewing for
50 cents a day.
"Her mother passed away Nov. 10, 1896. She then spent two
years in Des Moines with an aunt. In the spring of 1898 she went to
Kansas City, Mo., where she and her only brother established
a home. On Jan. 31, 1903, the brother lost his life in a railroad
accident. He was an engineer. Thus the home was broken
again. After a few months spent with a half-brother in Kansas
and a half-sister in Oregon, she went to Des Moines and made
her home with the aunt. She again did dressmaking; the
compensation being $1 a day and her noon meal.
"On Jan. 19, 1910, she was married to George F. Carpenter
at the home of the aunt, and came to Chariton where she
had since lived. Mr. Carpenter died Oct. 31, 1937.
"In young womanhood she united with the Presbyterian church
in Chariton, transferring membership to Kansas City when she
went there. When coming to Chariton she united with the
Methodist church of which Mr. Carpenter was an active member.
She was active in the work of the church as long as health
"She was the last member of her family. Her parents, brother,
six half brothers and a half-sister preceded her in death.
"The parents were early settlers of Benton Township who,
coming from Indiana in 1850, taking a homestead and timber
claim, built a log cabin and converted the prairie land into
"Mrs. Carpenter was a member of the Eastern Star for 33
"She leaves several nieces and nephews living in various
states, the nearest being Mrs. Jessie Chance and daughter,
Eloise Boone and her children, Edward and Linda, of
Des Moines; and the children of her late step-son, Ward
Carpenter: Mrs. Robert (Gwen) Crozier, Chariton; Mrs.
Virgil (Maudie) Smith, Russell; Mrs. Milton (Merle)
Schott, Nemaha, and George J. Carpenter, Chariton.
Others are 11 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-
"Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday,
Jan. 3, 1963, at the Beardsley-Fielding Funeral Home.
The Rev. Paul C. Ellis officiated and interment was in the
Lucas County Genealogical Society collection