Block 10, Through The Decades

The post on this site of 12/27/07 took a look at the ownership of the various lots in Block 9 of the original Town of Bradley.  That is the block on which is located the Bradley City Hall, Fire Department and R. B.’s Car Wash & Mini-Storage.

We will now take a similar look at Block 10 of the original Town of Bradley. This is the block which is on the left (south) as one crosses the railroad tracks westbound on Fourth St./Highway 160.  Bradley Ag Supply, Inc., is located in the northeast corner of this block, and Coker Hardware is located in the northwest corner.  Just to the west of Bradley Ag Supply, Inc., is Kevin’s Kitchen, in the building which formerly housed Middlebrooks Grocery and, before that, J. M. Drake General Merchandise. 

The following diagram illustrates the current (2008) assessments-ownership of the various lots in Block 10.  Lots 1 through 6, which front Pullman St., are 50 ft. wide and 140 ft. deep. Lots 7 through 18, which front Pilot St. and the railroad right-of-way, are 25 ft. wide and 140 ft. deep.

Block 10, 2008-1

6 Marvin McCalman, Jr.                 7 (East) Bradley Ag Supply, Inc.

                                                   (West) Kevin J. Harris

                                                8 (East Bradley Ag Supply, Inc.

                                                   (West) Kevin J. Harris

5 Marvin McCalman, Jr.                 9 (East) Bradley Ag Supply, Inc.

                                                   (West) Kevin J. Harris

                                               10 (East Bradley Ag Supply, Inc.

                                                    (West) Kevin J. Harris

4 Marvin McCalman, Jr.                 11 (East) Bradley Ag Supply, Inc.

                                                    (West) Kevin J. Harris

                                                12 Dorothy H. Burns

 3 Larry Denham                           13 Dorothy H. Burns

                                                14 (East) Dorothy H. Burns

                                                     (West) Andrew & Rosie Couch

2 Melinda Warren                          15 (East) Dorothy H. Burns

                                                      (West) Andrew & Rosie Couch

                                                 16 Melinda Warren

1 Melinda Warren                          17 Melinda Warren

                                                 18 Melinda Warren

Block 10, being slightly further away from the railroad depot than Block 9, was not quite as important in Bradley’s commercial development as Block 9. Lots 7 through 18 in both blocks were similarly developed, and both blocks shared similar development along the land which abutted Fourth St./Highway 160.  However, the southwest corner of Block 10, i.e., Lots 1, 2, and 3, furthest from the depot, was not as consistently the site of businesses over the years as were Lots 4, 5, and 6 of Block 9, correspondingly furthest from the depot in that block.

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Below are the assessments for Block 10 in 1906, which was the first year that land in Bradley was assessed by lots and blocks, instead of by metes and bounds, after the Town of Bradley was incorporated in 1905.

Block 10, 1906-1

6 Reubin Meredith                          7 Rob’t Morgan

                                                  8 D. O. Simmons

5 J. P. Garner                                9 Haley Smith

                                                 10 Brock & Smith

4 Southwestern Improvement Assn.  11 Brock & Smith

                                                 12 Masonic Lodge

3 Southwestern Improvement Assn.  13 Masonic Lodge

                                                 14 Haley Smith

2 Southwestern Improvement Assn.  15 W. J. Chandler

                                                  16 B. T. Philyaw

1 Southwestern Improvement Assn.  17 B. T. Philyaw

                                                  18 B. T. Philyaw

J. P. Garner (Lot 5) was the person who was listed first as one of the petitioners to the Lafayette County Court for incorporation of the Town of Bradley in 1905.

The Southwestern Improvement Association was an arm of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway Co., created for the purpose of developing the railroad’s right-of-way and land adjacent to it.  Much of what we know as Bradley today was once owned by the Southwestern Improvement Association.

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The 1910 assessments for Block 10 are shown below:

Block 10, 1910-1

6 Rubin Meredith                             7 Susie Burns

                                                   8 Susie Burns

5 J. H. Hamiter                               9 Haley Smith

                                                  10 Brock & Smith

4 J. H. Hamiter                              11 Brock & Smith

                                                  12 Masonic Lodge

3 J. H. Hamiter                              13 Masonic Lodge

                                                  14 Haley Smith

2 J. H. Hamiter                              15 W. J. Chandler

                                                  16 Joe Allen

1 J. H. Hamiter                              17 R. O. McCalman

                                                  18 Jno. W. Barker

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Shown below are the assessments in Block 10 for 1920:

Block 10, 1920-1

6 Ruben Meredith                             7 P. M. Allen

                                                    8 Warren Drug Store

5 Mrs. Lula Smith                             9 J. J. Allen

                                                   10 G. B. LeCroy

4 Mrs. Lula Smith                            11 Joe Allen, Sr.

                                                   12 Masonic Lodge

3 Mrs. Lula Smith                            13 Masonic Lodge

                                                   14 S. S. Simmons

2 Mrs. Lula Smith                            15 P. M. Allen

                                                   16 Joe Allen, Sr.

1 Mrs. Lula Smith                            17 C. H. Barham

                                                   18 J. W. Barker

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Shown below are the assessments in Block 10 for 1930.  They are notable for the first appearance on the by-decade list of the person to whom the southeast corner of Block 10, i.e., Lot 18, was assessed.

Block 10, 1930-1

6 M. M. Hamner                              7 J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                   8 F. P. Allen

5 M. M. Hamner                              9 P. M. Allen

                                                  10 J. W. Corley

4 M. M. Hamner                             11 Hamner-Edwards Co.

                                                  12 Masonic Lodge

3 Bank of Bradley                           13 Masonic Lodge

                                                  14 S. S. Simmons

2 Bank of Bradley                           15 Mrs. Lingenfillow [sp?]

                                                  16 Joe Allen

1 Bank of Bradley                           17 Bank of Bradley

                                                  18 Homer Enyart

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Shown below are the assessments in Block 10 for 1940:

Block 10, 1940-1

6 M. M. Hamner                               7 J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                    8 F. P. Adams

5 M. M. Hamner                               9 Mrs. M. R. Meek

                                                  10 T. S. Reynolds

4 M. M. Hamner                              11 Hamner-Edwards

                                                  12 Masonic Lodge

3 Estate of Miss Alice Smith              13 Masonic Lodge

                                                  14 Mrs. Allen Lemay

2 Estate of Miss Alice Smith              15 Mrs. Nellie Lingenfillow

                                                   16 Homer Enyart

1 Estate of Miss Alice Smith              17 Homer Enyart

                                                   18 Homer Enyart

The 10/15/07 post on this site shows the 1938 fire which engulfed the electric and ice plant on Lot 18, which Homer Enyart had built about 1925 or 1926.  To the right of the fire in that photograph can be seen a small building and then a two-story building.  According to Glynn McCalman’s Bradley Connections: “North of the ice plant was a two story boarding house/restaurant operated by Nellie Lingenfelter ( [born] c1860), a widow, and a native of Indiana.”

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The 1950 assessments for Block 10 are shown below:

Block 10, 1950-1

6 M. M. Hamner                              7 J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                   8 J. B. & P. D. Burton

5 M. M. Hamner                              9 Mrs. M. R. Meek

                                                  10 (West) T. S. Reynolds

                                                      (East) W. H. Gray

4 M. M. Hamner                             11 Hamner Merc. Co.

                                                  12 Masonic Lodge

3 Mamie & Allen Smith                     13 Masonic Lodge

                                                   (W.50 ft) Edna Frances Knight

                                                  14 Homer E. Enyart

2 Mamie & Allen Smith                     15 Martha Ann Enyart

                                                  16 Homer E. Enyart

1 Mamie & Allen Smith                     17 Homer E. Enyart

                                                  18 Homer E. Enyart

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Shown below are the assessments in Block 10 for 1960.

Block 10, 1960-1

6 M. M. Hamner                              7 J. B. & P. D. Burton

                                                   8 J. B. & P. D. Burton

5 M. M. Hamner                              9 Mrs. M. R. Meek

                                                  10 (West) T. H. Reynolds

                                                      (East) W. H. Gray

4 M. M. Hamner                              11 Hamner Merc. Co.

                                                   12 Masonic Lodge

3 W. O. Weems                              13 Masonic Lodge

                                                    (W. 50 ft) Valma C. Vaughan

                                                   14 Homer E. Enyart

2 W. O. Weems                              15 Martha Ann Enyart

                                                   16 Homer E. Enyart

1 W. O. Weems                              17 Homer E. Enyart

                                                   18 Homer E. Enyart

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