Category Archives: Current events

Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Bishop: 65th Anniversary

This past Saturday, September 6, 2008, saw an event that seldom happens in Bradley: the celebration of a 65th wedding anniversary.  The couple is none other than Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Bishop, affectionately known to members of my generation as Mr. Dick and Mrs. Margie.  This event was held in the Family Life Center of the Bradley Baptist Church from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and had an excellent turnout of friends and relatives of the Bishop family.  (Of course, if only Bishops and Allens had shown up for the event, there would still have been a large turnout, but there were many, many others there.)

Some pictures of Mr. Dick and Mrs. Margie at the reception:


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They also posed with their children.  Standing, left to right, are Margie, Dickey, Ann, Sally, Jim, Jeanne and John:

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State Representative Bruce Maloch made a presentation on behalf of the Arkansas General Assembly:


One of the attractions was a continuous slide show of the Bishop family:

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A Schenectady, New York (where his parents resided), newspaper announced shortly after the wedding:

“Announcement of the marriage of Miss Marjorie Allen to Tech. Sgt. Richard A. Bishop, son of Col. and Mrs. Leonard A. Bishop, 312 Fifth St., Scotia, has been made by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah G. Allen, Jr., of Bradley, Ark.  The ceremony took place Sept. 12 [1943] at Las Vegas, Nev.  The bride is a graduate of Ouachita College, Ark.  Sgt. Bishop, who also attended Ouachita College, was employed by the New York Telephone Co. here before enlisting in the Signal Corps.  He is stationed at Fresno, Cal.”

Governor Conway Days 2008–Scenes And People

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Bradley celebrated its annual Governor Conway Days.  Shown below are photos depicting some of the happenings and people who were there.  In contrast to the usual method of describing photos on this site, captions have been placed under the photos.


Radio station KRMD was there Saturday morning.


Joe Middlebrooks models one of the world’s most hideous hats.


One of my favorite parts of Governor Conway Days is the food from the Providence Baptist Church.


The Cochran Museum was open from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., except for the parade.


Gene Smith and Lonnie Jernigan.


Dickie Bishop, Linda Lamar Mehrling, and Loretta Thompson Rodgers.  (I hope I spelled Linda’s last name correctly.)


Patsy Vines and LaDonna McClain, the Collier sisters.


It’s a fairly well-kept secret that I was a teacher in the Bradley Public Schools in the school year 1970–71.  One of my pupils was the lady shown with me above, Janet Sanchez.  Janet is the granddaughter of the late Armie Burrell.


The crowd gathers for some music.


The gentleman with the guitar on the right is the multitalented Mr. Obie Sims, lately Bradley’s Chief of Police.  Although his Chiefin’ days are over, he is now the maintenance man at the Bradley Public Schools and is also the girls’ softball coach.


Bradley’s new fire truck had a prominent place in the parade.


The float containing the Bradley High School Class of 1968, a/k/a the “Great of ‘68.”


Two of Bradley’s most esteemed senior citizens, Travis Gore and Roy Rogers.


Susie Cochran Hargis, Jan Allen Segrest, and Brenda Brackman Wayne.

Bradley Chamber of Commerce Banquet, 3-1-08

This past Saturday evening, the Bradley Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet in the Bradley Elementary School Cafeteria, with the usual awards, auctions and fellowship.

State Representative Bruce Maloch conducted two auctions, one of which was the customary auction of this year’s Governor Conway Days T-shirt.  He is shown (hand in air) with Emcee Richard Estes (partially obscured) and Mollye McCalman (holding T-shirt):


The Best Ad For Bradley Award was given to Making Rainbows, a child care organization located in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tyler. Mollye McCalman presents the award, below, and to Patti Maness and Eileen Cole of Making Rainbows:


The Community Service Award Award was given to the River Bend Volunteer Fire Department.  Accepting on behalf of the River Bend V. F. D., below, were Jimmie Martin and Roy Tabor:


Shown below is the head chef of the Bradley Chamber of Commerce Banquet and maker of the world’s best rolls, Mrs. Bennie Ester Harris:


Every Chamber of Commerce banquet features door prizes.  The biggest door prize this year was the bunny won by Mrs. Marian Brackman, below:


Tommy Goodwin, editor of the Lafayette County Press, on behalf of the Arkansas Press Association, recognized the family of Gregg and Kishea Koehn as the Lafayette County Farm Family of the Year for 2007.  The Koehn family had another obligation and could not be present.

The annual Governor Conway Days celebration will be observed this year, as always, on the last weekend in March, March 28–29, 2008.