Please click on the picture to see a larger view. Robert Allison Ragan, Gastonia Native & Charlotte Businessman. Author of: The History of Gastonia & Gaston County, The Textile Heritage of Gaston County, NC & The Ragans of Gastonia 1848 – 2000. One of the most well known historians of Gaston County, NC. This is an 8 1/2 x 11 picture that will fit perfectly in a document frame.