As We Were in South Arkansas


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About this book

This book provides a vivid description of day-to-day life in and around the oil-rich city of El Dorado (Union County, Arkansas). From the Depression years and on into modern times, the author gives a detailed account of his life and family, imparting a great affection and keen insight into life in south Arkansas. His story is local history that can be used by museums and historians and enjoyed by all readers.

About the author

John G. Ragsdale graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1947 with an engineering degree. He worked as a petroleum engineer in several states and Canada before retiring in 1992. He has served for many years as a volunteer at local and national events for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of Dutch Oven Cooking, Camper’s Guide to Outdoor Cooking, and Dutch Ovens Chronicled.


Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.