Category Archives: Photos–old

Fourth Street/Highway 160, circa 1951

The photo below depicts Fourth Street/Highway 160, looking west, about 1951.  The building on left front of the photo is the predecessor to the building in which are now located Bradley Ag Supply and Kevin’s Kitchen.  The lettering on the window of the building on the right side, which is where the car wash is now located, says “U. S. Post Office, Bradley, Ark.”

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The photo is courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Bishop, and thanks go to them for sharing it with bradleyark.com.

Bradley Fire Department, 1955, 1957

The 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook recognizes the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department for its contributions to the community.  The narrative is as follows:

“The Bradley Fire Department never relaxes it’s [sic] efforts a moment to promote fire protection for our community.

It meets twice a month for a 2 hour instruction course.  Mr. Geo. Bell, the former instructor, resigned in the summer of 1957 to accept the position of District Civil Defense Director….

The Chief, 13 Volunteer Fireman [sic], and the 6 Junior Marshals attended a course in Rescue at Magnolia.  A local inspection to reduce hazards was made, and a class in First Aid was conducted.

The equipment, consisting of 2 pumpers – one with a 450 gal. tank and one with a 600 gal. tank – 425 feet of hose, 2 fog nozzles, 4 five gal. Indian Pack pumps, one 14 foot ladder, 1 fireman’s axe and 4 electric lanterns, are housed in a tile building.   This building also has a kitchen, dining area and office space for the Mayor.  The chief and firemen, their time and services gratis and other expenses, incidental for operation, are underwritten, mainly, by public donations.

The Fire Department and the Town recently purchased a Mobile Unit for emergency use.

Four fire hydrants were installed in the business district in June, 1957.  These hydrants were financed by contributions by the business firms.”

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Below are two pictures taken from the scrapbook, the first of the Fire House and the second of one of the World War II-era fire trucks.

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Below is an image of an Bradley Fire Department record of attendance at drills for the first few months of 1955.

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The names of the members/attendees are as follows:  Carl W. Baker, Rogers Baker, J. W. “Buck” Camp, A. C. Cobb, John R. Coker, F. M. Cochran, Jr., H. G. Collier, T. E. Cason, J. M. Drake, Johnnie Kennedy, L. G. Middlebrooks, Alvin Owens, T. R.  Stampley, J. H. Starling, J. B. Works, and George W. Bell.

Farm-Oriented Businesses, 1957

The 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook mentions four farm-oriented businesses in the Bradley area:  Hamner Implement Co., Cochran Implement, Allen Bros., and Bradley Grain Elevator.  The narrative in the scrapbook is excerpted as follows:

“Three large Implement Concerns are situated in and near Bradley and furnish the planters with all the equipment necessary for planting, tilling and harvesting the crops.  The farmer has a choice of three leading lines.  Allen Bros. handle the Massey-Harris; Hamner Implement Co., the Jno. Deere line and Cochran Implement has the International Harvester line.

All three of these firms have a garage in connection, well equipped to take care of repairs of the implements sold by them.

These concerns are housed in large tile buildings.  The Jno. Deere Co. is completely air-conditioned; the office of the Cochran Implement Co. is air conditioned and the rest of the building is cooled with large fans.  The Allen Bros. Construction & Equipment Co. recently added 50×60 feet of floor space, in which are three air conditioned offices and a large tire department.

… Allen Bros. installed a two way radio mobile system and have units in three cars at this time.  This enables the two Allen Bros., Charles and J. G. III, to keep in touch with the many phases of their work.

… Bradley Grain Elevator during 1957 handled approximately 90,000 bushels of grain, which included Oats, Corn, Milo and Rice.”

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Shown below are the 1957 pictures of three of these businesses.  Unfortunately, the picture in the scrapbook of Hamner Implement Co. is irretrievably out of focus.  However, a very good picture of Hamner Implement Co. taken from the scrapbook appeared in the post on this site of 9/24/08.

Below is a photo of Cochran Implement in 1957:

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And below is a photo of Allen Bros. in 1957:

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And below is a photo of “Bradley Storage & Elevator Co.” in 1957:

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Bradley Warehouse, Inc., 1948-1978

The 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook contains a brief history of the Bradley Warehouse, Inc., which is reprinted here:

“In 1918, M. M. Hamner, Sr., J. B. Edwards and L. B. Hamner formed a partnership to operate a cotton warehouse.  Using their own capital, they erected three sheet-iron buildings, 75’ x 140’.  Later they sold some stock to Charley Smith and W. T. Murphy, Jr.  The warehouse was in operation until the outbreak of World War No. 2 and, because of conditions peculiar to those times, such as labor shortage, etc., it was decided to close down the business.

In December, 1948, M. M. Hamner, J. B. Edwards, L. B. Hamner, W. T. Murphy, Jr., and F. M. Cochran, who bought the interest of Charles Smith, held a meeting and decided to reactivate the warehouses, form a Corporation under the laws of the State of Arkansas known as Bradley Warehouse, Inc., and Government Bond it.  With an additional investment of $25,000.00, all local capital, the three existing warehouses were completely repaired, inside and out.  A 128’ well was put down, a 25,000 gallon water tank was erected and all buildings were equipped with sprinkler systems.  The Government approved the warehouse for the storage of 5,000 bales of cotton.

In 1953, it became quite evident that the three houses could not take care of the cotton to be stored, and in the fall of that year, an 80’ x 140’ galvanized Butler building was erected at a cost of $25,000.  This, too, was equipped with a sprinkler system.  The Government increased the approval to 7,000 bales.

These four buildings, however, soon proved inadequate to take care of the cotton crop and early in 1956, a sheet-iron extension of 200’ was added to warehouse No. 2, at a cost of around $35,000.00.  Another 60,000 gallon tank was erected and 4 outside hydrants were placed.  A sprinkler system was also installed in this building, and approval was increased to 9,000 bales of cotton.”

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Such was the state of Bradley Warehouse, Inc., in 1957.  In 1978, Bradley Warehouse, Inc., sold its physical plant to Farmers-Merchants Warehouse & Storage Co., Inc., a Louisiana corporation with principal offices in Plain Dealing, and the corporation itself was liquidated shortly thereafter.  According to the Lafayette County Tax Assessor’s records, the real property is now owned by Southern Arkansas Warehouse & Gin, L. L. C., an Arkansas limited liability company.

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Shown below is a photo from the 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook, showing the physical plant.  Immediately below it is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle on October 14, 2008.

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The most obvious difference in the two photos is, of course, the disappearance of one of the 1957 water tanks. Also, in the 1957 photo, the street has not yet been paved.

Shown below are three photos from the 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook of some of the activities and employees of the Warehouse at that time.

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If any reader should recognize any of these men, I would very much appreciate an e-mail or comment to that effect, and would gladly add their names to this post.

Bradley High School Football, 1930s

Bradley indeed had a football team in the 1930s, but I don’t know the precise year that the football program of that era began, or the precise year that it ended.

Below is a photo of one of those Bradley football teams, probably in the early 1930s.  The tall young man in the back row, second from left, with his left hand on his hip is Ralph C. “Bruz” Hamner.  If any reader is able to identify any of the rest of these formidable gridiron gladiators, it would be much appreciated.

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Shown below is an announcement of a game against Lewisville.  A date and time for the game are given, but the year is unknown.  While this may appear to be a handbill which would be posted on a utility pole, or something similar, it is actually a small card about twice the size of today’s business cards.

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It says:

“FOOTBALL

Bradley Hi

vs.

Lewisville Hi

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Bradley Athletic Field

Come out and see the Bears drub the Red Devils in the last big game of the season.  Watch those Bears pull those Red Devil tails.

Admission 10 and 25c.  Time 3 P. M.”

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The diaries of Della Cochran make mention of four home games in 1931 and 1932. On September 25, 1931, Bradley defeated Waskom, Texas, 27–0.  On October 2, 1931, Bradley defeated St. John’s, 19–0.  Who “St. John’s” was is a mystery. From the two 1931 scores, it appears that team defense was quite good that year.

On October 28, 1932, Hope defeated Bradley, 12–6.   On November 4, 1932, Stamps defeated Bradley, 26–0, and the Stamps High School Band made an appearance.  From the two 1932 scores, it appears that offense was a problem for Bradley that year.

As for the eventual fate of the 1930s-era football program, I’ve heard tales of a bus or auto accident which injured some of the players on the way back home from an away game, causing the cancellation of the remainder of the season.  I don’t know what year that happened, but apparently the program was not resumed in the following year.

Four Bradley scenes, 1957

Here are four photos taken from the 1957 B. & P. W. scrapbook, each showing a different view of Bradley.  Following each 1957 photo is a photo taken from approximately the same place and angle on September 23, 2008.

The first is a photo taken at the intersection of Highway 160, Woodruff St., and Crabtree Lane.  It shows Baker Bros. Garage (the “Esso” sign on the left) and Hamner Implement Co.  In the current photo, the Bradley Medical Clinic, with the apartment buildings in the rear of the photo, is now located where Hamner Implement Co. appears in the 1957 photo.

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The second photo was taken on the Bradley school campus.  It shows what was then the gymnasium in the back of the left side of the photo, and the old high school building on the right side of the photo.  The “new” high school building is described and pictured prominently in the B. & P. W. scrapbook, so this would have been about the time the “new” high school building was constructed. It is possible that, when this photo was taken, the old high school building had been abandoned and was awaiting demolition.  When this 1957 photo is enlarged, 14 (!) buses can be counted.

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The third photo is taken from the westbound lane of Fourth St./Highway 160 approximately in front of where the Post Office would have been located at that time.  The sign hanging from the awning on the right side of the photo, just above the automobile, says “Kennedy Grocery.”  The discoloration in the top portion of the photo is from the age of the photo, and not from a threatening sky.

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The fourth photo is taken from what is now the interior of the Community State Bank, looking more or less east at the west wall of the Edwards Co. building and Fourth St./Highway 160.  Prior to the construction of the second Bank of Bradley building on this location, the Arkansas Highway Department used it as a storage facility for highway resurfacing materials and equipment.

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Dedication of Methodist Church Sanctuary, 1949

One of the most beautiful buildings in Bradley is the Bradley United Methodist Church sanctuary:

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This building was dedicated in 1949.  The following article appeared in the Lafayette County Democrat of Friday, May 13, 1949, and is reprinted here by permission.

“METHODIST CHURCH AT BRADLEY TO BE DEDICATED MAY 15TH

Sunday, May 15th, at 11:00 a.m., Bishop Paul B. Martin will dedicate Bradley’s new Methodist Church building.  He will be assisted in the service by Rev. J. M. Hamilton, District Superintendent, and several former pastors.  Rev. Edwin Keith will preside.

Mrs. J. M. Allen and Miss Hortense Hamiter will have charge of the music.  Dinner will be served on the lawn.

Mrs. J. W. Camp and Mabel McGill were appointed to select the committees for the occasion and have chosen the following:

Invitation—J. M. Allen, Mrs. J. W. Camp.

Worship—Miss Hortense Hamiter, Mrs. J. M. Allen, Mrs. J. W. Camp.

Reception—Mrs. W. A. McGee, Mrs. L. B. Hamiter, Mrs. Mabel McGill, J. B. Edwards.

Decoration—Mrs. Mabel McGill, Mrs. Ed O’Neal, Mrs. T. H. Dismukes.

Dinner—Mrs. George Davis, Mrs. L. G. Middlebrooks, Mrs. L. B. Hamner, Mrs. J. W. Meek, Jr.

Publicity—Mrs. Aletha Allen.

The church building was started in 1946, under the leadership of our pastor, Rev. M. E. Scott, and was completed in the summer of 1947.  The first service was held in it August 9, 1947, with Rev. M. E. Scott preaching and Rev. J. A. Simpson, pastor at that time, presiding.

The building is a brick veneer which cost approximately twenty thousand dollars.  It has a seating capacity of approximately one hundred and twenty-five, pastor’s study, seven Sunday school rooms and two rest rooms.

The building committee was comprised of the following members:  J. B. Edwards, J. W. Meek, L. E. Taylor, Lee Crabtree and J. M. Allen.

This summer marks the forty-sixth anniversary of the organization of the Methodist church here.

Plans for this church began to be formulated in the summer of 1902 by the late D. D. Hamiter.  The first step was to get a building site.  On September eleventh, 1902, an acre of ground was deeded to D. D. Hamiter, J. H. Hamiter, and T. J. Evans, trustees of the Walnut Hill Circuit of the Little Rock Conference, by the Red River Land Company for that purpose.  On December 3, 1904 an adjoining strip of land was deeded to them by T. J. Evans.

For some reason the organization of the church was not consummated until the summer of 1903, when the late Dr. J. L. Cannon graduated from Southern Methodist University and was sent here as a substitute for Rev. George N. Campbell.

The charter members of the church were Mrs. Lula Brock, Mrs. Lena Adams, Mrs. Lucy Ham, Mrs. Henry Hanson, Mrs. Dora Garner, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Price, D. D. Hamiter.  All have passed on except Mrs. Dora Garner, Mrs. Lula Brock and Mrs. Henry Hanson.

Under the direction of Dr. J. I. Cannon a frame building was started but was not ready for occupancy until the latter part of 1904.  In the meantime, preaching services were held one Sunday afternoon of each month in the Lodge Hall above what was known as Brock & Smith store and post office on Pilot Avenue.

During the left of the church the following ministers have served as pastors, J. L. Cannon, C. W. Musgrove, R. J. Roland, J. J. Mellard, R. J. Raiford, W. C. Hilliard, H. W. Hansford, M. K. Rogers, A. P. Flowers, Roy E. Fawcett, J. A. Save, G. W. Cannon, C. E. Whitten, R. R. Moore, A. W. Hamilton, M. E. Scott, J. A. Simpson, [and] Edwin Keith.  D. D. Hamiter served continuously on the board of Stewards from the Church’s organization until his death in 1931.

Under the leadership of Rev. Edwin Keith, last year, the old frame church building was converted into a lovely six room and bath parsonage.

During World War II, the church kept a list of all its members entering the services.  This list contains 34 names.  All the boys returned except one.

Sunday School has been held regularly since March, 1912.  Jack Meek is the present Superintendent.  The Sunday School assumed the responsibility of furnishing most of the parsonage when it was completed last year.

The W. S. C. S. was organized in 1920 and has met regularly since that time.  Mrs. J. B. Edwards was the first president.  The present incumbent is Mrs. F. P. Adams.  They have chosen as their special project the beautifying of the grounds of the church and parsonage.

The Methodist Youth Fellowship was organized in 1946.  Mrs. J. M. Allen is Superintendent of Youths’ Work.”

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Below is an image of the cornerstone of the Bradley United Methodist Church:

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“BRADLEY METHODIST

CHURCH

ERECTED 1946

BUILDING COMM.

J. B. EDWARDS

J. W. MEEK

J. M. ALLEN

L. E. TAYLOR

LEE CRABTREE

PAUL E. MARTIN, BISHOP

A. J. CHRISTIE, DIST. SUPT.

M. E. SCOTT, PASTOR

LLOYD HELMS, CONT.”