Archive for Tuesday, July 6, 1999


July 6, 1999


Jodi Ragan will remember Sunday's fireworks show in Lawrence, even though she didn't see a single burst of color outside.

Ragan heard the show, however, from a bed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Her daughter, Alicen Beatrice Ragan, was born about the time the show ended.

"We couldn't see anything, but we could hear it and kind of feel the rattles every once in a while," Ragan said.

LMH is three blocks from Burcham Park, where a large crowd gathers each year to see the Lawrence Jaycees' annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

The mother of four said she wasn't bothered by the large booms as she was delivering the baby.

In fact, she said, the show helped take her mind off labor.

"Delivery is a pretty intense time," she said. The show "just kind of took your mind off it; it was pretty cool."

Alicen was born at 10:27 p.m., shortly after the show ended. Her labor was induced about 7 p.m., the mother said.

Ragan, of Oskaloosa, has three other children, Jodi, Brad, Jeremy and Emily.

But Alicen was the first child for her husband, Tom.

"He was real excited," she said.

Ragan said the fireworks show didn't bother him, either.

"It added to the excitement," she said.

Tom Ragan is self-employed and runs a trucking business in Oskaloosa, she said.

Jodi Ragan said she expected to go home with their new baby today.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is

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