3 results for tag: 1884


Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 26

Charles A. Ratcliffe, 1905 Here is a black wool crepe man's suit jacket belonging to Charles A. Ratcliffe.   This long, thigh length jacket is shaped in at the waist and out over the hips in a style of the 1880s or 1890s.   Three of the four front buttons have working buttonholes; the bottom button has a non-working, decorative buttonhole.  At the top of the right lapel is a small open buttonhole, perhaps for a flower?  At the back are two pleats is the skirt portion of the jacket with decorative buttons at their top.  The center back seam has a vent opening from waist to hem.   The outside of the ...

Exhibit: The Marriage Book Project

The Marriage Book Project Wedding costume from the 1800s An exhibit of wedding costume and photographs from pioneer to modern times. Includes costumes from our collection as well as some loaned items. If you or your family called the #Cheney area home, you are encouraged to bring in or send us your wedding photo or those from your ancestors to add to our marriage book.  We can scan your photo for you. Exhibit runs from May 2nd through September 28th.  Thursdays through Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, donations keep us going.

Discoveries in Cataloging: Opening the Big Trunk 13

 Charles A. Ratcliffe came to Cheney in March 1884 to represent the Frank Brother implements firm.  For those unfamiliar with Cheney history, Mr. Ratcliffe’s implement business evolved to in a Ford automobile dealership which was a fixture of Second Street in the downtown for over 100 years.  The Ratcliffe family was certainly influential in the development of Cheney, and Charles Ratcliffe served in the state legislature in the early 1900s.  But back to our story…….. In 1884, he was engaged to marry Louise Anne Bressler of Belleville, Illinois, but after seeing the primitive country here Charles wrote a letter to his ...