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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):


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.

Edwards Company, circa 1940

Edwards Company was located on the southwest corner of Block 9, for the most part between where the Bradley City Hall is now located and Fourth Street/Highway 160.  At one time, Edwards Company was in the dry goods, grocery, and hardware businesses.  Below is an image of the Edwards Company building, taken about 1940.


The picture is obviously taken in the late afternoon.  The sign near the top of the building on the left side of the picture says “Westinghouse” and “Edwards Company.”  The sign hanging from the awning in front of the left entrance to the building says “Dry Goods,” and the sign to the middle entrance to the building says “Groceries.”  There is a vertical sign behind the car on the right side of the picture that says “Mansfield Tires.”  The hardware part of the business was located in the right side of the building.  The identity of the woman in the picture is not known, but she appears to be in something of a hurry.

Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle on the afternoon of February 26, 2008.


Edwards Company, of course, is no longer in business.  I don’t know the dates on which the Dry Goods and Grocery stores ceased business, but did find an old advertisement where the remaining stock of the hardware business was sold at public auction on January 23, 1964.

Fourth Street, late 1930s

Below is a photo taken on Fourth Street/Highway 160 in the late 1930s.  That approximate date is attributed to the photograph because of the album from which it was taken, and because of the state of the buildings in the photograph.

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Note the orientation of the buildings on both the north and south sides of the street toward the railroad, and not toward Fourth Street/Highway 160 itself, as they later did or as the structures which replaced them did.  The street has obviously not been paved.  The railroad depot can be seen in the distance, just to the left of the kneeling man.

While this may appear at first glance to be a color photograph, it is not.  It a black and white photo which has been “tinted,” a procedure common at that time.  In the interest of full disclosure, however, I have removed some writing that appeared in the shadows on the right side of the photo.  The essential nature of the buildings shown and the man and the dog he is holding have not been changed, though.  I’m not entirely certain of the man’s identity, so I won’t give a name.

Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle in the late afternoon of February 10, 2008. 


The building on the north (left) side of the earlier photo was demolished in 1978 and that site is now occupied by R. B.’s Car Wash.  The building on the south (right) side of the earlier photo has been replaced by the one which now houses, on the far side of it, Bradley Ag Supply.

Cochran-Allen Equipment Co.

On March 2, 1945, Frank Cochran, Sr., and J. Madison Allen entered into a partnership for “…the buying, selling and vending of trucks, farm machinery and all sorts of goods and equipment incident to the retail Farm Machine business.”  The firm name of the partnership was Cochran-Allen Equipment Co.  In 1946, the company built this building on the northeast corner of the intersection of Fifth and Pullman streets:


The partnership was dissolved on April 3, 1948, and Frank Cochran, Sr., as sole proprietor, changed the firm name to Cochran Implement Co.  In 1958, he sold the business to James Roberson of Plain Dealing.

The following picture taken on October 21, 2007, from approximately the same spot, shows what remains of the building today:


Header Image

The image in the header of this website shows the area around the railroad depot.  The date is unknown.  Below is a photo taken from approximately the same place on September 26, 2007.  The concrete base of the water tank is still there today, although it is obscured by weeds in this photo.