1897 - 1988 (90 years)
||Ratliff, Juanita  |
||1 Oct 1897
||Klamath County, Oregon, USA 
||12 Mar 1988
||Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA 
||Merrill IOOF Cemetery, Merrill, Klamath, Oregon, USA 
||10 Jul 2020 |
||Stevenson, James Clifford, b. 1 Nov 1891, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA , d. 13 Apr 1963, Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA (Age 71 years) |
|+||1. Stevenson, Mary Ellen, b. 10 Jul 1918, Merrill, Klamath, Oregon, USA , d. 27 Apr 1998, Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA (Age 79 years)|
||10 Jul 2020 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Memorial ID 28740685
Juanita Ratliff Stevenson
Birth 1 Oct 1897
Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Death 12 Mar 1988 (aged 90)
Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Merrill IOOF Cemetery
Merrill, Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon March 13, 1988
Juanita A. Stevenson was born Oct. 1, 1897, at Spring Lake near Klamath Falls to John and Anna (Callaway) Ratliff. She married James Clifford Stevenson in Merrill, June 19, 1912.
They traveled by horse and buggy to Prineville, where they resided for one year before returning to Merrill. Their infant baby girl was buried in Prineville, OR.
Her mother Anna and the sisters owned and ran a boarding house. Her father John worked in the woods and farmed with his son. Her father also owned a candy in Merrill for awhile.
In 1927, Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson homesteaded on Hill Road near the Lava Beds National Monument, and in 1942, purchased property in Red Rock, CA. In 1944 they purchased the Meiss Ranch near Macdoel from Art Macken and Ernie Bubb. They developed the ranch with the help of their sons, daughters, family members and hired help. By diking off most of the Meiss Lake, they were able to increase the crops and cattle acreage. They added ditches, roads, irrigation systems, gravel pit and a lumber mill. The ranch was self-efficient. The improvements were very beneficial for the family and the community since this was during World War II. The jobs were done with no government help or money. A man-made lake was constructed on the hill of the ranch, known as Lake Juanita after Mrs. Stevenson. The lake was constructed by their sons Bud and Harold Stevenson. The family has many wonderful and sad stories of their time on the Meiss Ranch.
She was an active person, who enjoyed music, sewing, gardening and entertaining with her large family. She was instrumental in starting the Tulelake West Side School, Winema Welfare Club, Tulelake Presbyterian Church and the Butte Valley Community Church.
She was an officer in the Oregon and Northwest Cutting Horse Association with her husband while they traveled throughout the Northwest showing their cutting horse. Mrs. Stevenson was an avid rider and was known to steal the show, while turning back for Mr. Stevenson. They won many championships with their horses. Mrs. Stevenson was a member of the Eulaloana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Daniel Boone), the Rebecca Lodge in Merrill and the Klamath Saddle Club. As a member of the Royal Neighbors of Woodcraft she was awarded her 60 year pin for membership.
She enjoyed having her large family for Holidays and entertaining with her friends. She was a real pioneer woman. She saw in her live time, horse and buggy to the man on the moon.
She was preceded in death by her husband James (JC) in April, 1962, a son, Gerald, sisters, Delsie and Essa and a brother, John R. Ratliff.
Researched by Ted Smith