Howard L Ratcliff

1868–1948 (Age 80)
Village Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States

The Life of Howard L

When Howard L Ratcliff was born in 1868, in Village Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, his father, Aaron L Ratcliffe, was 26 and his mother, Charlotte Aldela Morrison, was 25. He married Martha Ellen Rail on 27 September 1893, in Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa Territory, United States. He lived in Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Van Buren, Jackson, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died in 1948, at the age of 80, and was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Douds, Van Buren, Iowa, United States.

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Howard L Ratcliff
Martha Ellen Rail
Marriage: 27 September 1893

Spouse and Children

27 September 1893
Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa Territory, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Charlotte Aldela Morrison




    Henry Ratcliff



    John Harley Ratcliffe


    Dasie A Ratcliff



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World Events (8)

1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 0

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 16

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 22

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places, in various parts of England, called Ratcliff(e), Radcliffe, Redcliff, or Radclive, all of which derive their names from Old English rēad ‘red’ + clif ‘cliff’, ‘slope’, ‘riverbank’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Howard L Ratcliff, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Howard L Ratcliff, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Howard L Ratcliff in household of Aron Ratcliff, "Iowa State Census, 1885"

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