Monday, September 12, 1938, was a memorable day in Bradley:
Della McKnight Cochran, who kept a diary from 1920 until shortly before her death in 1950, wrote on that day: “At 10:00 A.M. light & ice plant burned. I [was] there until noon. Business disrupted without electricity.” The entries for the following few days do not mention when electricity was restored.
The photo is taken from approximately where Highway 160 now crosses the railroad tracks, looking southwest. The second building from the left is where Smith Funeral Home is located today. Note the men on the roof of the adjacent building to the right of the burning building.