I. N. Ratcliffe, the son of W. E. Ratcliffe, of whom special mention is made in this work, was born in Douglas County, Oregon, on July 4, 1870. The first eleven years of his life were spent in that place and then he went with his parents to southern California, where they remained two years. Returning to Douglas County, our subject spent but a short time then journeyed to Davenport, Lincoln County, Washington. With the exception of one year which was spent in Utah.

Mr. Ratcliffe was for thirteen years a leading resident of Davenport. Again we see him in Oregon and at the time of the opening of the Nez Perces reservation he, accompanied by his brother, came hither and took a homestead where the town of Peck now stands. He gave his attention to improving the farm and was instrumental in starting the bright town of Peck. Since that time he has devoted himself to the real estate business also to handling a livery and feed stable.

In political matters, Mr. Ratcliffe is a Jeffersonian Democrat and well posted in the questions of the day. He is a progressive man, of broad mind and public spirit and is a leading spirit in any movement for general advancement and building up the town and country adjacent.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903