Please click on the picture to see a larger view. George Washington Ragan 1846 – 1936 in his Main Avenue office circa 1921. General Ragan was in The Civil War, a textile manufacturer, a merchant, in real estate, a banker, Mayor of Gastonia & leader in The First Presbyterian Church. “Keep Smiling” is the sign above his desk, Gastonia, NC. This is an 8 1/2 x 11 picture that will fit perfectly in a document frame.