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George McAfee Ratcliffe, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1863
Hopkinsville
Christian County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 28, 1909
Alexandria
Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA

Son of Dr. Charles Theodore ("Charlie") RATCLIFFE Sr. and of George Anna ("Georgie") McAFEE Ratcliffe (both of whom are buried in Methodist Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides, LA) and husband of Susie HETHERWICK Ratcliffe (buried in the same cemetery with him, both without extant markers), with whom he had seven children.
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Copy of an article taken from the Alexandria Weekly Town Talk of 25 May 1907:

The following letters from Mr. G. M. Ratcliffe, a former Rapidian, now a planter in Natchitoches Parish, and another from Mr. J. A. Evans of the United States Agricultural Bureau should be perused by all our cotton planters and farmers:

Natchitoches, La., May 21, 1907
Alexandria Town Talk,

Mr. Editor: - I herewith inclose you a letter from Mr. J. A. Evans who is connected with the U. S. Agricultural Bureau, which, if published in your paper, may be of advantage to the planters of Rapides, that is, if they have boll weevil there, which I trust is not the case.

Respectfully yours,
G. M. Ratcliffe

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United States Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Plant Industry
Washington, D. C.

Farmers' Cooperative Cotton Demonstration Work
Lake Charles, La., May 13, 1907

Mr. G. M. Ratcliffe
Allen, La.

Dear Sir: - We have just received a letter from our Special Agent, Mr. E. J. Gigleux, who writes that you are having the weevil picked from the cotton on your plantation and have so far captured 13,000 weevils, for which you are paying at the rate of one cent each, and asks us to write you and him what we think of this method. There can be no question that the plan of picking the weevil from young cotton is entirely feasible and will pay if the labor can be secured cheap enough. As the weevil get more numerous on the cotton you should be able to secure children to do this work for considerable less money. In the spring of 1904, I had under my observation a farm in the Brazos river bottom of Texas where this plan was carried out thoroughly. The planter secured all the negro children in his neighborhood and kept them in his fields day after day, paying them at the rate of fifteen cents per hundred for all weevils caught. They took it systematically and went over the field row by row just as they would in cultivating. He did this three times securing on 75 acres a total of nearly 60,000 weevil. After the cotton began to square it of course became difficult to find the weevil, and he then employed the same chidren paying them seventy-five cents per day to go through the field and pick up all the punctured squares and to pick off the cotton stalks all squares that had been punctured. He continued this until the cotton was nearly waist high, and in that time they picked up and burned over 75 bushels of the punctured squares. The total cost of all this work did not greatly exceed $2 per acre. He made an average of three-fourths of a bale of cotton per acre, and this, too, in spite of the fact that there was a long wet spell the latter part of June and the first of July that caused the cotton to grow rank and prevented cultivation at this critical time. It was his opinion, and mine also, that but for this unfavorable spell of weather at the critical time he would have made from 1 1-4 to 1 1-2 bales per acre. His neighbors who did not take these precautions and did not follow the cultural methods in the cultivation of their crop only made one bale to five or six acres. I doubt if you can continue to pay one cent each for the weevils as they become more numerous, but if you can scale down the price paid so as to get the work done at a reasonable cost, there is nothing you can do that will be of more benefit than this. I would much rather risk picking the weevil from young cotton than attempt killing them by poison. Of course, if you are unable to secure labor to continue this work at a reasonable expense, and the weevil should get very numerous on the young cotton before it begins to square, you would be justified in trying Paris green. There is no question in the world but that Paris green will kill weevil on the young cotton, but there is a great deal of question as to whether it can be applied on a large scale in such a manner that it will do the work effectively, at a cost that will justify it. The question of cost is one each planter must decide for himself.

We are,

Very truly yours,
J. A. Evans, Gen. Asst.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Theodore Ratcliffe (1827 - 1887)
  George Anna McAFEE Ratcliffe (1836 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Susie HETHERWICK Ratcliffe (1869 - 1907)
 
 Children:
  George McAfee Ratcliffe (1889 - 1902)*
  E. Anna Daisy Ratcliffe (1890 - 1917)*
  William Hill Ratcliffe (1892 - 1925)*
  Marguerite Ratcliffe (1896 - 1973)*
  Dorothy Euphemia Ratcliffe (1901 - 1973)*
  Robert Charles Ratcliffe (1903 - 1945)*
  Aileen Virginia Ratcliffe (1905 - 1933)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Theodore Ratcliffe (1852 - 1875)*
  Kate Ratcliffe (1855 - 1859)*
  Richard Ratcliffe (1857 - 1858)*
  Edwin Edmunds Ratcliffe (1859 - 1860)*
  Anna Ratcliffe (1861 - 1891)*
  George McAfee Ratcliffe (1863 - 1909)
  America E. RATCLIFFE Simonin (1865 - 1950)*
  Henry Edmunds Ratcliffe (1867 - 1906)*
  Mary RATCLIFFE Zoder (1870 - 1966)*
  Jennie Carroll RATCLIFFE Vinson (1873 - 1935)*
  Mattie Ratcliffe (1877 - 1880)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Pineville
Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: no extant marker
 
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Record added: Oct 29, 2012
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George McAfee Ratcliffe, Sr
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