5 results for tag: Ratcliffe


1892 C.A. Ratcliffe Company Established

One hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1892, the Charles A. Ratcliffe Company began business selling farm implements and lumber at 2nd & E [College Ave] streets, taking over from the Frank Bros. Co. The lumber yard was located near the east side of today's ADM Mill. The thin man in the image is Charles Ratcliffe. The other fellow is unidentified.

Looking Back; 125 Years Ago 1890

Charles Ratcliffe's farm implement dealership One hundred twenty-five years ago in April 1890, the Cheney Enterprise newspaper reported that businesses in Cheney included: Bank of Cheney, Cheney Enterprise newspaper, three dry goods and gents furnishing stores, eight groceries, four saloons, one hardware and farm implement store, one furniture store, three drug stores, two realtors, one attorney, Louis Walter's harness shop, and five lodging houses and restaurants. Like this story? Support our all-volunteer museum with a small donation here. 

Discoveries in Cataloging: 1955 Ratcliffe Ford

Inside Ratcliffe Ford service department at 412 2nd Street in Cheney, Washington, 1955 [ Posted Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:01:05 ]

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 ...

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 ...