The 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook mentions four farm-oriented businesses in the Bradley area: Hamner Implement Co., Cochran Implement, Allen Bros., and Bradley Grain Elevator. The narrative in the scrapbook is excerpted as follows:
“Three large Implement Concerns are situated in and near Bradley and furnish the planters with all the equipment necessary for planting, tilling and harvesting the crops. The farmer has a choice of three leading lines. Allen Bros. handle the Massey-Harris; Hamner Implement Co., the Jno. Deere line and Cochran Implement has the International Harvester line.
All three of these firms have a garage in connection, well equipped to take care of repairs of the implements sold by them.
These concerns are housed in large tile buildings. The Jno. Deere Co. is completely air-conditioned; the office of the Cochran Implement Co. is air conditioned and the rest of the building is cooled with large fans. The Allen Bros. Construction & Equipment Co. recently added 50×60 feet of floor space, in which are three air conditioned offices and a large tire department.
… Allen Bros. installed a two way radio mobile system and have units in three cars at this time. This enables the two Allen Bros., Charles and J. G. III, to keep in touch with the many phases of their work.
… Bradley Grain Elevator during 1957 handled approximately 90,000 bushels of grain, which included Oats, Corn, Milo and Rice.”
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Shown below are the 1957 pictures of three of these businesses. Unfortunately, the picture in the scrapbook of Hamner Implement Co. is irretrievably out of focus. However, a very good picture of Hamner Implement Co. taken from the scrapbook appeared in the post on this site of 9/24/08.
Below is a photo of Cochran Implement in 1957:
And below is a photo of Allen Bros. in 1957:
And below is a photo of “Bradley Storage & Elevator Co.” in 1957: