Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     LIBERTY L. RATLIFF is a man who, having experienced various vicissitudes in both the middle west and west, may well be proud of the resoluteness that brought him through the privations of pioneer life to the prosperity of his present home.  Mr. Ratliff resides on his farm six and a half miles east and one mile north of Creston.  He was born November 17, 1859, in Osceola, Clarke county, Iowa, the son of Tipton H., and Jane (Collier) Ratliff.  The father, a native of Indiana, was one of the first settlers of Clarke county, and a soldier from its ranks, enlisting at the outbreak of the Civil War, in the Twenty-fifth Iowa Volunteers, and dying from a wound received in battle.  The mother was born in Kentucky and removed to Iowa in an early day.  She is now living in Cedarville, Dade county, Missouri.  Mr. Ratliff has one brother, Lloyd, of Alva, Oklahoma, and one half-brother, Fred Morrison, of Dade county, Missouri.
     At the age of thirteen, Mr. Ratliff left Iowa going to Barton county, Kansas, arriving there in time to pass through the buffalo and Indian stage of the state's development, and later the grasshopper period.  In the fall of 1878, his crops having been destroyed by the last named, in the memorable plague, he went to railroading on the Santa Fe railroad in New Mexico.  Soon after he worked in the smelter at Pueblo, Colorado.  In July, 1889, he came to Lincoln county, where, with his wife and five children, he took up a pre-emption claim, then a homestead and a timber culture.  In the interval between 1880 and 1889, Mr. Ratliff traveled throughout the west, visiting Kansas, California Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Indian Territory and Montana.  Arriving in Lincoln county with little but health and grit, the family endured the usual privations of the pioneer.  Mr. Ratliff worked for a small salary to support his family while he was preparing his ranch for planting.  He finally succeeded in fencing his entire farm, four hundred and eighty acres, plowing the most of it, and building his house and barn.  He suffered heavy losses in the panic of 1893, but, though badly crippled he was not discouraged, and entirely regained his former footing with the heavy crop and high prices of 1897.  In the spring of this year he removed his family to Bachelor prairie, where he now lives.  His present holdings are about eighteen hundred and twenty acres, three-fourths of which is good grain land, eight acres in orchard, the balance being timber and pasture land, and a good home.  His specialty is raising grain and stock.
     February 15, 1881, Mr. Ratliff was married to Loretta J. Durham, at St. Johns, Kansas.  Mrs. Ratliff was born in Oakland, Illinois, daughter of Edwin and Jane (McDowell) Durham.
     To Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff have been born ten children: Bessie, wife of John M. Hostetter, Reardan; Jesse, married to Ida Rose, Lincoln county; Clyde C., Tipton R., Ruby S., Pearley M., Naomi, Penelope, Liberty L., and Claud, deceased.
     Mr. Ratliff is a charter member of Creston lodge, I. O. O. F., of which lodge he is also a past grand.