Block 9, through the decades

The real property records in the various offices of the Lafayette County Courthouse are an historical resource that is often neglected.  Those records, of course, go back to the very founding of both Bradley and Lafayette County itself.

What follows is the first of several posts, over a period of probably several months, that will show ownership of lots located in some of the various blocks which comprised the original plat of the Town of Bradley.  Each post will begin with a rough diagram of the buildings and landmarks in each block as of 2007 or 2008.  Next will follow a plat showing the persons or firms assessed for tax purposes (and, therefore, ownership) in 1906, the first year in which the land occupied by the original Town of Bradley was assessed for tax purposes by lots, instead of as pieces of sections (square miles).  After that will follow a plat showing the assessments in the first year of each new decade from 1910 to 1960.

The original Town of Bradley was laid out with 300–ft. square blocks.  All lots are 50 feet wide and 140 feet long, except those lots which front the railroad, which are the same length, but only 25 feet wide.  So, in the diagrams of Block 9 below, lots 1 through 6 are 50 x 140, and lots 7 though 18 are 25 x 140, because they front the railroad.  Streets in the original Town of Bradley are 60 feet wide, and alleys are 20 feet wide.  The diagrams of Block 9 below purposely omit the alley from the middle of each block in order to provide a little more space to list the owners of each lot.  I.e., lots 1 through 6 do not actually abut lots 7 through 18, because there is a 20–ft. wide alley in between which is purposely not shown in the diagram.

Block 9 is the first block one encounters on the right (north side) when crossing the railroad on Highway 160 (Fourth St.) westbound.  The site of the railroad depot in each of the following diagrams was just to the left of the bottom of the rectangle marked “RAILROAD.”

                                    2007

The approximate location of some of the buildings and landmarks in Block 9 as of today are shown in this diagram:

 Block 9, 2007 B

 6                                                    7  Vickie’s Beauty Shop

                                                               (old Lodge Hall)

                                                       8  Vickie’s Beauty Shop

                                                                (old Lodge Hall)

5  Bradley Fire Dept.                   9

                                                        10

4  Bradley Fire Dept                     11

                                                        12

3  Bradley City Hall                      13

                                                        14

2                                                      15 RB’s Car Wash & Mini-Storage

                                                        16 RB’s Car Wash * Mini-Storage

1                                                      17 RB’s Car Wash &  Mini-Storage

                                                        18 RB’s Car Wash & Mini-Storage

                 1906

The 1906 assessments for this block show who owned each lot at the time the City of Bradley was incorporated.  Lots 9, 10, and 11 show the location of the Lee Bros.-Holland Hdwe. building, which was the subject of the October 8, 2007, post on this site.  The lots fronting the railroad (7 through 18) were designed to be the commercial hub of Bradley and most, if not all, of those lots at this time were probably occupied by stores or other commercial entities or ventures of one type or another. 

block-9-1906-b.jpg 

6  Rosetta Leonard                       7   T. T. McGee

                                                         8   E. H. Randle

5  G. M. & R. R. Lee                      9   G. M. & R. R. Lee

                                                       10  G. M. & R. R. Lee

4  G. M. & R. R. Lee                     11  G. M. & R. R. Lee

                                                       12  G. W. Reynolds

3  Southwestern Improvement        13  Pierce Adams

     Association                               14  W. C. Bradley

2  S. G. Gray                                 15  L. W. Ham

                                                        16  E. H. Randle

1   S. G. Gray /                            17 Hamiter Bros.

     E. P. Thruston                        18 Hamiter Bros.

                        

                 1910

The 1910 assessments, only four years later, show few changes in the assessments.

block-9-1910-b.jpg

6   Haley Smith                          7   T. T. McGee

                                                     8   E. H. Randle

5  G. M. & R. R. Lee                  9  G. M. & R. R. Lee

                                                   10 G. M. & R. R. Lee

4  G. M. & R. R. Lee                11 G. M. & R. R. Lee

                                                  12  G. W. Reynolds

3  State of Arkansas               13  Pierce Adams

                                                  14  J. B. & D. Bradley

2  S. G. Gray, Caroline Gray   15  L. W. Ham

                                                  16  E. H. Randle

1  S. G. Gray, Caroline Gray    17 H. A. McCants

                                                  18  H. A. McCants

                 1920 

By 1920, the Bank of Bradley had appeared on the assessment list (Lot 16).

 block-9-1920-b.jpg

6  Cross & Allen                          7   T. T. McGee

                                                       8   E. H. Randle

5  Hollland Hdw. Co.                    9   Holland Hdw. Co.

                                                      10  Holland Hdw. Co. 

4  Holland Hdw. Co.                    11  Holland Hdw. Co.

                                                      12  G. W. Reynolds

3  J. B. Burton                             13  F. P. Adams

                                                      14  J. B. & P. D. Burton /

                                                            State of Arkansas

2  S. G. Gray /                             15  Mrs. L. W. Ham

       W. P. Baker

                                                      16  Bank of Bradley

1  S. G. Gray /                             17  J. B. & P. D. Burton

        W. P. Baker

                                                      18  J. B. & P. D. Burton

                 1930

The 1930 assessments:

block-9-1930-b.jpg 

 6  J. T. Cross                            7   T. T. McGee

                                                    8   Lenona Allen

5  R. M. Holland                        9   R. M. Holland

                                                   10  R. M. Holland

4  R. M. Holland                       11  R. M. Holland

                                                   12  G. W. Reynolds

3  J. B. & P. D. Burton             13  F. P. Adams

                                                   14  J. B. & P. D. Burton

2  W. P. Baker                          15  Cora E. Pearce

                                                   16  Bank of Bradley

1  W. P. Baker                          17  J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                  18  J. B. & P. D. Burton

                 1940 

The 1940 assessments: 

block-9-1940-b.jpg 

6  Frank Cochran                         7   J. T. Cross

                                                       8   Marie Herring

5  R. M. Holland                           9   R. M. Holland

                                                      10  R. M. Holland

4  R. M. Holland                          11  R. M. Holland

                                                      12  O’Neal & Crockett

3  J. B. & P. D. Burton                13  R. B. Waller

                                                      14  J. B. & P. D. Burton

2  Mrs. Blanche Baker /            15  Mrs. Cora E. Pearce

      M. M. Hamner

                                                     16  Bank of Bradley

1  Mrs. Blanche Baker/            17 J. B. & P. D. Burton

      M. M. Hamner

                                                    18  J. B.  P. D. Burton

                 1950

By 1950, the Bank of Bradley had added another lot (15).

block-9-1950-b.jpg 

6  Frank Cochran                          7   J. T. Cross

                                                        8   Marie Herring

5  J. B. Edwards                            9   J. G. O’Neal Estate

                                                       10  J. G. O’Neal Estate

4  J. B. Edwards                           11   J. G. O’Neal Estate

                                                       12  Mrs. W. M. McKissick /

                                                                Owen Jester

3  J. B. & P. D. Burton                 13  Mrs. W. M. McKissick /

                                                                Owen Jester

                                                      14  J. B. & P. D. Burton

2  M. M. Hamner                        15  Bank of Bradley

                                                      16  Bank of Bradley

1  M. M. Hamner                        17  J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                      18  J. B. & P. D. Burton

                  1960

By 1960, the Walnut Hill Lodge appears in the assessments.

block-9-1960-b.jpg

6  Frank Cochran                            7   Walnut Hill Lodge #188

                                                          8   Walnut Hill Lodge #188

5  J. B. Edwards                              9   P. D. Burton, Jr.

                                                          10  P. D. Burton, Jr.

4  J. B. Edwards                              11  P. D. Burton, Jr.

                                                          12  Tom Jester

3  M. M. Hamner                            13  Tom Jester

                                                          14  J. B. Burton

2  M. M. Hamner                            15  Bank of Bradley

                                                          16  Bank of Bradley

1  M. M. Hamner                            17  J. B. Burton

                                                         18  J. B. Burton

Assessments from other blocks from the original Town of Bradley will appear in future posts.

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