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Bradley Baptist Church, circa 1960

The image below, courtesy of Mrs. Marjorie Bishop, shows the Bradley Baptist Church after a snowstorm in 1960.  Following that image is a picture taken from approximately the same place and angle on the hot summer afternoon of July 6, 2008.

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The sanctuary in the top image was replaced by the one in the bottom image in 1963.  Below is a picture taken during that construction, which shows the old sanctuary moved to the rear of the property during that construction.  It continued to be used in its new location until the construction of the new sanctuary was completed.

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As is apparent, the colonnade between the educational building on the right side of the 1960 image was severed, then reattached to the new sanctuary when it was completed.

Sometimes history is right out in plain view, staring us in the face, and yet we seldom notice.  One example is cornerstones.  Although it is now partially obscured by a shrub, the cornerstone for the present (1963) sanctuary is shown below:

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It reads:

“BRADLEY BAPTIST

CHURCH

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ORGANIZED

JULY 30, 1902

THIS SANCTUARY

ERECTED 1963

‘JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF

BEING THE CHIEF CORNER

STONE’ EPH 2:20”

The building on the left side of the current (color) photo was completed in 1966.  Below is an image of its cornerstone:

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It reads:

“BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND

KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD

AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

II PETER 3:18

J. H. POWELL SR. PASTOR

F. M. COCHRAN SR, CLERK

J. G. ALLEN JR. TREAS.

J. B. WORKS TREAS.

DEACONS

HARVEY HANSFORD CH.

E. L. ADKINS

H. D. AMBROSE

H. C. BARNETT

L. C. THOMAS

E. V. POWELL”

There is an enclosed hallway between the rear (north) end of the 1963 sanctuary and the 1966 building which also has a cornerstone/commemorative marker, shown below:

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It reads:

“GO … MAKE DISCIPLES .. BAPTIZE .. TEACH

MATT 28: 19–20

ERECTED A. D. 1966

BUILDING COMMITTEE

*J. G. ALLEN III CHMN.        J. W. CRAIN. CO-CHMN.

*BILLY LEE ALLEN               H. M. BURKS

*H. C. BARNETT                 M. M. McCALMAN, SR.

*HARVEY HANSFORD           CLYDE JACKSON

*J. B. W0RKS                     L. C. THOMAS

*BUILDING FINANCE COMMITTEE”

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Again, thanks to Mrs. Marjorie Bishop for the use of the two black-and-white photos.

Downtown Bradley, late 1950’s

Shown below are four black-and-white photos taken in “downtown” Bradley, apparently in the 1950s.  I don’t know who took these photos, but they were apparently taken on the same roll of film.  The photos are actually copies of copies and, therefore, rather grainy, and one is slightly out of focus.  After each of these photos is a color photo taken from approximately the same location and angle on June 15, 2008.

The first photo is of Fourth Street (Highway 160).  The Coca-Cola sign on the building on the left says “J. M. Drake.”  The building on the left must have been demolished not very many years after this photo was taken.

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The second photo shows a group gathered around a ladder, perhaps, judging from the jackets some are wearing, putting up Christmas lights.  Again, the building in the background must have been demolished not very many years after this photo was taken.

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The third photo shows the view from just east of the railroad depot on Fourth Street/Highway 160, looking west.  It also shows what was then the front entrance to the depot.  The building in the background was demolished in 1978.

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The fourth and last photo shows the building in which George Bell later published the Bradley Pioneer for 16 years.  It was demolished in the mid-1980’s.  The Bradley Public Library was located in the right side of this building for many years.  The sign on the side of the building says, “Jones Plumbing and Electric.”  To the right of that building is Alvin Owens’ barber shop.

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These photos remind me of a book that, as a boy, I spent literally hours poring over at the Bradley Public Library.  It was a large (perhaps 24 inches by 30 inches) scrapbook or photograph album put together by the Bradley B. & P. W. Club.  It contained many, many wonderful photographs of Bradley as it appeared in the 1950s.  I’ve often wondered whatever happened to that scrapbook.  If any of the readers of this site know of its present location, I would be most interested to learn its whereabouts.

 

Lube’s Place, 1970

I received an e-mail from Bryan Whisenhunt, who says that, “One of the things I enjoyed and remember was Mr. Lube Middlebrooks’ place or restaurant….  I remember the old time hamburgers and fries were awesome.”  Everyone who ever ate at Lube’s Place would probably agree.  This is what Lube’s Place looked like in 1970:

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This 35mm slide film has begun to deteriorate.  The Coca-Cola sign says “Lube’s Place” and “Coffee Shop Used Furniture.”  It’s not readily visible from this photo, but there was a horseshoe, for good luck, across the top of the entry door facing.  This building was located on the northwest corner of Block 9.

As I recall, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. “Lube” Middlebrooks had this business for about 10 years, perhaps a little more.  Mrs. Ida was in charge of the cooking and Mr. Lube was in charge of the conversation.  Mrs. Ida passed away in 1979, and Mr. Lube died in 1984.

Shown below is how the building appeared 25 years earlier, on January 24, 1945, near the end of World War II.  I’m not entirely sure of the soldier’s name, so I won’t hazard a guess.

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Below is how the building appeared in 2001, shortly before it was demolished:

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And below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle as the 1970 photo earlier today, May 23, 2008:

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The tract is now occupied by the Bradley Fire Department’s building.

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.

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Radio station KRMD was there Saturday morning.

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

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

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

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Gene Smith and Lonnie Jernigan.

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

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Patsy Vines and LaDonna McClain, the Collier sisters.

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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.

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The crowd gathers for some music.

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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.

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

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

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

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

Fourth Street, 1910s

Several previous posts have featured photos from Fourth Street (now Highway 160).  The following photo shows a gentleman whose identity is unknown, but who is obviously very well dressed, standing on Fourth Street in the 1910s.  That date is reasonably certain because of the album from which the photo was taken. 

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This photo is roughly contemporary with the photo on the header of this site and with the first photo in the 1/30/08 post which shows two people standing at the south entrance to the railroad depot.  The buildings in the background face the railroad, as did most of the early commercial buildings in Bradley.  It is difficult to discern, but there is no structure at all on the half-block behind the building at left, which would be where Coker Hardware is now located, and upon which a row of several buildings was later built and also demolished.

This photo is an almost 180–degree opposite view of Fourth Street from the photo in the post of 2/11/08.  The tinted photo of the kneeling man and his dog in that post was taken about 20 years later than this photo, however.

This photo is obviously, judging by the man’s shadow, taken in the late morning.  Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle in the late morning of March 22, 2008.

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Winter Weather, late 1940s

This past Friday’s late-season snowfall sent me looking for old pictures of winter weather.  The earliest color picture I could find is the one below.  It was taken in the middle of Pullman street in front of where the Bradley Post Office is now located.  I’m less certain of the date it was taken than for many of the other pictures on this site, however.  The date of the late 1940s was arrived at by weighing that (1) this is early color slide film, and (2) the date of the vehicles in the photo, one of which is only partially visible, and shows clearly only at great magnification.

The photo:

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Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle on the (much prettier) afternoon of March 9, 2008:

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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):

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

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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.