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Canfield Plane Crash, 1948 (Part 1 of 4)

The diaries of Della McKnight Cochran contain a very intriguing entry for April 23, 1948:  “… Barksdale plane crash E. of Canfield.  Killed 4.”  My brother-in-law, George Morgan, obtained a copy of the U. S. Air Force official investigation report on this tragedy.  That report forms the basis of this narrative and I have also quoted liberally from it.

The airplane that crashed near Canfield was a U. S. Air Force TB-25J.  The B-25 bomber is perhaps most often associated with the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942, which was depicted in the movie Pearl Harbor.  The TB-25J that crashed near Canfield was a later model of that plane which had been modified for training purposes.

The report says that the crash occurred three miles east of Canfield, although there is reason to believe that a more accurate description of the crash site would be three miles northeast of Canfield.  There were four people on board, three officers and one enlisted man, all of whom were killed.  The plane apparently began to disintegrate even prior to impacting the ground.

The reproductions from microfilm of the photos included in the official report are of very poor quality.  Two of the better, though still poor, photos of parts of the wreckage appear below.

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The official report contains statements by four local witnesses.  C. L. Warren stated, “I was plowing at the time the plane crashed and was about 1/2 mile from the plane.  The first noise I heard was a loud explosion.  I looked up at the plane and saw pieces flying off.  The plane was coming straight down and making a loud, whistling noise.  I saw the plane go down behind the trees.”

Alvin Lynn stated, “Heard the explosion and looked up.  The plane apparently exploded in the air.  Then I heard the plane hit the ground.”

Harold Thompson stated, “I was about 1/4 mile from the crash.  The crash happened about 0950.  I heard a sound like the engines cutting out.  The airplane spun about twice and pieces began flying off.  Then the plane went into a steep dive.  At that time the engines were making a lot of noise.  Then I heard the plane hit the ground.  I did not see any pieces falling after the plane hit.  The weather at the time was cloudy, the clouds were dark to the west.  The wind was not very strong.”

Mrs. Mattie King stated, “I was outside my house at the time of the crash.  The weather was cloudy, the sun wasn’t shining, and the wind was blowing hard.  The airplane had been circling for about 20 minutes.  The plane crashed about 1/4 mile from where I was.  The first noise I heard was evidently the sound of the airplane hitting the ground.  For quite some time after the plane crashed I saw pieces of the plane falling down from fairly high up.  The clouds were dark and very low.  I heard the engines very loud just before the crash.  I did not actually see the airplane fall and hit the ground.”

(To be continued.)

First Grade Class, 1937 (Updated)

Below is a photo of Miss Raye Crabtree’s first grade class in 1937, standing in front of what was then the relatively new gymnasium.  The photo is courtesy of Gayle Garner, who is the boy in the middle of the front row.  If any reader can identify any of the other class members, both bradleyark.com and Gayle would appreciate it.

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UPDATED 11/10/10:  Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard, who was a member of this class, has graciously furnished bradleyark.com with a list identifying most of the members of this class, and has also furnished another photo of the same class as fourth graders in 1940!

In the photo above, the first graders are:

Front row, L-R:  Sadie May Tompkins, Jane Riley, Martha Jean Baker, Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Glayes Burns, Paulene Burns, _____ Benefield, William Adams.

Middle row, L-R:  James Thomas Benefield, Ann Barker, Glen Newton, Earlene Tucker, ____________, Nettie Baker, Lucy Short, Georgie Philips, Doris Jean Daniels.

Back row, L-R:  ____________, Clovis Harvin, Margret Beason, Ethel Lambeth, Odessa Stanley, Charles Haley, Opel Powell, Lola Brown, Chester Cross.

And below is the 1940 photo of the same class as fourth graders:

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Front row, L-R:  Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Gordon Lewis Jones, J. B. Hartsfield, Opel Smith, Jane Holland, Netty Baker, Lucille Arnold, Alice Moore, Susie Weems, Martha Jean Baker, Doris Jean Daniels.

Middle row, L-R:  Carol _______, Andrew Whisenhunt, Dan Howard, Ann Barker, Betty Jo Henderson, Margret Young, Glades Burns, Austen Templeton, Lucy Short, Charles Haley, Haward Hodges, Opel Powell.

Back Row, L-R:  Carl Adams, Dorothy Black, Ethel Lambeth, Rosemary Brown, Odessa Stanley, James Elbert Newton, Earlene Tucker, Charlene Welborn, Clovis Harvin, Geneva Sandlin, _____________.

Standing in back is William Church.  The teacher is Miss Christene Smith.

Bradleyark.com wishes to thank Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard for sharing these photos and this information.

 

Bradley Senior Girls Basketball, 1955

Finally, it’s basketball season again.  As has been mentioned on bradleyark.com before, some of the most popular articles and photos on this site are sports-related.

In 1955, the Bradley Senior Girls Basketball team went to Nashville to compete in the District Tournament.  While gathered for a meal, they posed for the photo below.

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The back of the photo lists those shown as follows:

1st row, left to right:  Shirley Raye Crabtree, Rebecca Bland, Marie (Sissy) Gore, Virginia Spence, Pauline Short, Laura Jane Cochran (chaperone).

2nd row, left to right:  Barbara Wagnon, Magnolia Sparks, LaRita Burks, Joan Stevens, Bonnie Sue Fish, Nancy McGee, Joe Langdon (Coach).

Not shown:  Barbara Ann Dalrymple.

Does anyone know how this team fared in their District Tournament?

Bradley School, First Grade, 1955

On a September morning in 1955, Miss Ray Crabtree welcomed her newest first grade class.  Somehow, in a feat which must have been akin to herding cats, the new students were persuaded to pose for a picture.  Mrs. J. W. Camp, Sr., was there with her camera and took the photo below, which her son, Harry, has graciously provided to bradleyark.com.

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Who are these kids?  Even though I was a member of this class, fifty-four intervening years have drastically reduced my ability to identify them.  Below are two slightly enlarged and cropped versions of the photo.  Most of the identifications on these photos were made not from memory, but by comparing them with the class photos in the 1956 Bradley School yearbook.  Almost certainly, there are one or more errors and, of course, some of the faces have not been labeled at all.  Corrections and additional identifications will be most appreciated and promptly incorporated into the photos.

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Lafayette County Fair in Bradley, 1947

The 65th (at least in its current incarnation) annual Lafayette County Fair is being held this week at the fairgrounds just off Highway 82 between Stamps and Lewisville.  Before that, it was held at a location just off the Skelly Road (now County Road 22), which basically runs from the southwest part of Stamps to the southeast part of Lewisville, and vice versa.

Few are aware, however, that at least on one occasion, the Lafayette County Fair was held in Bradley.  In 1947, the Fair was in its third year.  Exactly where in Bradley was it held?  In the field just south of what members of my generation remember as the residence of Mr. & Mrs. L. E. “Happy” Taylor.  Today, it might occur to many that there wasn’t much room for such an undertaking in that location because of the proximity of Highway 29 just behind (east) of that field.  However, that portion of Highway 29 was not constructed until 1954, seven years later.  Highway 29 ran in 1947 in front of the Taylor residence, i.e., between their home and the railroad tracks. 

The following are some photos of that event, which have yellowed and deteriorated with the years.  A makeshift corral was erected for the livestock events:

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Local merchants exhibited their wares:

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And, finally, the following photo shows a reasonably good of view of what was then Highway 29, still unpaved, next to the railroad.

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Downtown Bradley, December 1968

Below are two views of 4th Street/Highway 160, both taken in December of 1968.  The first looks west and shows on the right (north) side of the photo, the Tom’s Furniture and Edwards Company buildings.  The Christmas lights above the street are also visible.

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The second photo is taken looking northeast from the intersection of 4th and Pullman Streets (between what are now Community State Bank and Coker Hardware) and shows the Edwards Company building.  It was taken on the occasion of the downtown Christmas celebration in 1968.

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Finally, below is a roughly similar view of the Edwards Company building, taken on October 27, 2001, shortly before its destruction to make way for the construction of the Bradley Municipal Complex.

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Bradley School Campus, early 1950’s

Perusing the Bradley school yearbooks from the early 1950’s can be interesting in more ways than one.  Besides the people around whom most of the yearbook is centered, there are pictures of the campus at that time which reveal features and views no longer there.  Because most of these pictures are little more than candid shots, appearing in the yearbooks as part of a collage taking up an entire page, many are rather grainy.

The picture below, from the 1953 yearbook, was apparently taken from a window on the second floor of the south side of the old high school building, or possibly from the top of the slide on the elementary school playground.

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It looks southeasterly, in the direction of what most of the students of my generation would remember as the house of J. W. “Buck” Camp, Sr., and family.  On the left side of the picture is a small portion of the goldfish pond that once adorned that part of the campus.  A better view of that pond is shown below in a photo also taken from the 1953 yearbook.  The yearbook does not identify the young lady sitting in front of the pond.  The street (7th Street) behind her goes to the Bradley Baptist Church and on further east to the railroad right-of-way.

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Below is a photo of the old gym (now auditorium) apparently taken from the second floor of the west side of the old high school building.  Judging from the number of students on the merry-go-round in the foreground, it must have been a busy day on the elementary playground.

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The photo below, from the 1951 yearbook, shows the seesaws on the elementary playground, and looks north toward the Meek residence, which is now the home of Joe and Darlene Middlebrooks.  This picture would have been taken almost a full decade before part of this view would have been obstructed by the 1960 elementary school building on the north border of the campus.

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The photo below of the baseball field, also taken from the 1950 yearbook, shows the rather substantial stands which once were located on the third base side of the field.

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And, finally, I find the photo below, also taken from the 1950 yearbook, most interesting of all.  It shows Miss June Colvin, appearing as F. F. A. Sweetheart.  What is so interesting, however, is that there appears to be an elevated water tank in the distance behind the vehicle on the right side of the picture.

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This photo also offers an good view of the west side of the old high school building.