|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1885|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1969|
Full Name: Royal Victoria Bertha Lee Williams Ratcliffe.
News Article: Courier-Times, New Castle, IN, May 1, 1958. "Sulpher Community Planning Program for Mrs. Ratcliffe - Sulphur Springs - At 72, Mrs. Albert Ratcliffe will be retiring as second grade teacher at Sulphur Springs School at the end of the present term.
To honor her, the Community School Organization is sponsoring a program at 7:30 P.M. Monday in the Sulphur Springs Gym. Students, former students, co-workers, former co-workers, parents and friends are invited. A varied program has been planned.
A teacher at Sulphur Springs School only for the past 14 years, Mrs. Ratcliffe received considerable publicity in 1955 when she was graduated from Ball State Teachers College at the age of 69. At Sulphur Springs she taught 10 year in Grades 5 and 6; one half year in Grade 3 and four years in Grade 2. She was called during the teacher shortage in 1944.
Although her previous experience as a school teacher had been terminated in 1905 when she married Mr. Ratcliffe, Mrs. Ratcliffe's life has been filled with energy and accomplishment. She had taught in Fall Creek Township.
Basically a farm wife, Bertha Ratcliffe, in classic style, has raised thousands of chickens during the years she stayed at home with her husband and son, now Dr. A.W. Ratcliffe of Evansville. Later she organized the first 4-H clubs in Henry County and was made assistant county agent.
For 12 years she traveled the state lecturing, judging, serving as dean of girls at 4-H camps and promoting the work of the extension service as a member of its staff.
During the 1930s she was named Henry County Emergency School supervisor in charge of recovery education program to give teachers work. She organized the first summer recreation program in Henry County, among other activities.
After retirement Mr. and Mrs. Ratcliffe will live at 506 Southwest First St., Evansville, IN, near the home of their son, a pathologist.
She plans to help her family and others whom she meets and spend more time working for her church, the Friends. Mr. Ratcliffe has been a prominent farmer in the country.
'I am hoping to always remember and cherish the many nice things accorded me by the Sulphur Springs community,' Mrs. Ratcliffe said recently."
Obituary: Courier-Times, New Castle, IN, October 1969. "Mrs. Bertha Ratcliffe Dies - Mrs. Bertha Ratcliffe, 84, Henry County's first home demonstration agent, died Monday afternoon at Evansville following an extended illness.
A native of Henry County, she was born Aug. 1, 8885, the daughter of John C. and Alice Wilhoit Williams. She lived most of her life in Henry County but had lived in Evansville for about 12 years.
In 1905 she married Albert Ratcliffe, a prominent farmer and former secretary of the Henry County Farm Bureau who preceded her in death Oct. 24, 1967.
Mrs. Ratcliffe was a retired school teacher, having received her degree from Ball State University when nearly 70 years old. She last taught the second grade at Sulphur Springs when she retired in 1958. She was called to Sulphur Springs to teach during the teacher shortage of 1944, and for the next 14 years she taught grades three, five and six in addition to grade two.
She started her teaching career before her marriage to Mr. Ratcliffe and terminated it when she was married in 1905. Later she organized the first 4-H club in Henry County and was named assistant county agent. For 12 years she traveled the state lecturing, judging, serving as dean of girls at 4-H camps and promoting the work of the extension service as a member of its staff.
During the 1930s she was named Henry County Emergency School supervisor in charge of the recovery education program to give teachers work. She organized the first summer recreation program in Henry County, pushing through a plant to hire teachers to supervise the playgrounds during the summer.
As part of her duties, she resided at a meeting of civic workers to do something about community betterment. Out of this effort came the Community Fund. Mrs. Ratcliffe was member of New Castle Friends Meeting.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Albert Wayne Ratcliffe of Evansville; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be at 10 A.M. Wednesday in Alexander Mortuary East, 2115 Lincoln St., Evansville. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery at Evansville."
Alice Lavinia Wilhoit Williams (1866 - 1940)
Albert Ratcliffe (1880 - 1967)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Maintained by: Robyn Ratcliffe
Originally Created by: Susan K.R.
Record added: May 02, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26545327