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Douglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Pearl Ratcliff Papers
14 x 16 cm; 14 x 9 cm; 2 items; 1 file folder; paper
The collection consists of two items that were sent to Pearl Ratcliff; a penny postcard from St. Philip-in-the-Field Episcopal Church and a bill from Commonwealth Utilities Corporation.
Arrangement of the Collection
The manuscript/small items collection is arranged by accession number.
Scope and Content
The postcard is addressed to "Miss Pearl Ratcliff, Sedalia, Colo." and is postmarked "Sep. 10 9 AM" . The text on the back reads: "St. Philips Church, Sunday 13th at 3 p.m. Evening Prayer, & Confirmation Service, by Bishop Ingley - Your presence is most earnestly desired. Very sincerely yours, Allen Moore, Vicar." Dr. Allen Moore was vicar of St. Philips from 1924 to 1927.
The bill is dated July, 1931 and is addressed to "Pearl Ratcliff, City". She was charged $1.50 for Commercial and Residential Lighting; the bill is stamped that it was paid on 8-3-1931. Castle Rock town officials approved the installation of a municipal light and power plant in 1921 with the energy to be supplied by the DuPont Company. Commonwealth Utilities Corporation took over the electrical plant from DuPont in 1929, with the intention of supplying power to several small communities in the county.
Biography / History
Pearl Ratcliff was a daughter of George Ratcliff and Mary Nickson. In 1850 George Ratcliff and a party of men came to West Plum Creek and liked the area enough to settle there. Ratcliff eventually became joint owner of what was known as the Upper Ranch, where Pearl was born in 1868. She never married and died in Castle Rock in 1945.
St. Philip-In-The-Field Episcopal Church (Sedalia, Colo.)
Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.
The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.
Pearl Ratcliff Papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.
The material was collected by the Douglas County Historical Society, which was the main historical institution of Douglas County until it disbanded in 1992. The documents were included in the paper-based collections that were donated to the Douglas County History Research Center.
Processed by Sally Maguire, February 2001; Annette Gray, February 2003; Cecily North, October 2005
The Douglas County History Research Center and the Reference Department of the Philip S. Miller Library, Douglas County Libraries holds material on the Ratcliff family, St. Philip-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, and the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation including:
Douglas County Historical Society. "Our Heritage: People of Douglas County" (Douglas County: Douglas County Historical Society, c 1984)
Appleby, Susan Consola. "Fading Past: The Story of Douglas County, Colorado" (Palmer Lake, Co.: Filter Press, 2001)
Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours. The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.