Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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George K. Ratliff

GEORGE K. RATLIFF, who has been a prominent citizen of Parsons, Labette county, Kansas, since 1878, is the leading real estate dealer of the city. He is an excellent business man, and possesses much shrewdness and foresight, as is evidenced by his many important transactions. He was born in Princeton, Caldwell county, Kentucky, in 1851, and is a son of R. B. Ratliff, president of the First National Bank of Princeton, Kentucky.

R. B. Ratliff was born in Meade county, Kentucky, in 1818, and was reared and educated in Bullitt county. He later became a banker of Princeton, and owned and operated a private bank for some years. He then organized the First National Bank of Princeton, of which he is president. He is a prominent Republican, and in early life was very active in politics.

George K. Ratliff attended the public schools and Forest Home Academy, and took a course in the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. In 1871 he became cashier in his father's bank at Princeton, where he continued until 1878, and then located at Parsons, Kansas. He first engaged in the hardware business and followed it with good results until 1882. In 1886, he opened a real estate office, and has continued in that line ever since. He is a man of strict integrity and reliable in every particular, and the citizens of the community have unhesitatingly reposed their confidence in him.

Mr. Ratliff was united in marriage, in 1877, with Miss T. L. Walker, of Alton, Illinois, and they have one daughter, Laura Alberta. The subject of this sketch is an active worker in the interests of the Republican party, and while not desirous of holding office, he attends the various conventions and assists in shaping the policies of his party. He served some years in the city council. Fraternally, he is a member of the B. P. 0. E.; Knights of Pythias; I. 0. 0. F.; I. 0. R. M.; A. 0. U. W.; and a number of other societies.