More notes on Block 9

I remember as a young boy being sent on frequent errands to the Post Office and the Bank.  They were in close proximity to each other on the southeast part of Block 9. 

The tax assessments do not contain any record of an assessment to the U. S. Post Office, or even a notation that the federal government is exempt from real property taxes. That made me curious.  The great majority of Bradley residents who are at least my age can no doubt remember that the Post Office was in the very southeast corner of Block 9 during the 1950s.  The deed records in the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office furnish the explanation of that conundrum.

Deed Record Book Z-6, at page 290, contains a “Standard Form of Government Lease … (As Modified For Use By The Post Office Department),” which is dated July 8, 1939.  The Lessors, i.e., the land owners, are J. B. Burton and P. D. Burton and their spouses.  The initial term of the lease was for ten years.  The lease calls for “…a room 22’ x 48’….” situated “… on the northwest corner of Pilot and Fourth Streets…,” and provides for an annual rent of $230.00.  The terms of the lease are mostly standard provisions that would usually be found in any lease of commercial property, with one exception.  Paragraph 11 states, in part:  “No Member of or Delegate to Congress or Resident Commissioner shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease or to any benefit to arise therefrom.”  The term “Resident Commissioner” is not defined.   

 The Post Office remained there until it was moved to the present location, one block south of what is now Community State Bank, in 1961. 

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The following images are examples of stationery used  by two of the businesses located in Block 9 in days long past.

First is an invoice from Holland Hardware to the Town of Bradley, dated 5/24/1924:

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The printed part of the invoice says:

“In Account With

HOLLAND HARDWARE COMPANY

D. D. HAMITER, Manager

Hardware, Furniture, Stoves and Implements”

Holland Hardware was located on lots 9, 10, and 11 of Block 9.

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Next is an invoice from Reynolds-Crockett general merchandise to the Town of Bradley, dated January, 1924:

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The printed part of the invoice says:

“In Account With

REYNOLDS-CROCKETT CO.

All Bills Are Due and Payable On The First

Of Each Month Following Date of Purchase

10 Per Cent Interest Charged After Maturity”

Reynolds-Crockett was located on lot 12 of Block 9, and later became O’Neal & Crockett.

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