Category Archives: Photos–old

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Railroad Depot

The building of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway from Lewisville to Shreveport in the late 19th century is the reason why Bradley is located where it is.  Stated differently, the railroad was the single most important reason for the “rise” of Bradley, and the “decline” of Walnut Hill.  Here are two photos of the railroad depot, taken about 40 years apart.

The first photo of the depot, judging from the apparel worn by the two people in the photo, and by the photograph album in which it was found, was probably taken sometime in the 1910s.

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The “Bradley” sign on the south side of the Depot gives the mileage to four destinations.  The two destinations on the left side of the sign are illegible, even at great magnification.  The two destinations on the right side of the sign are “Ft. Worth 255 mls.” and “Waco 298 mls.”  The identity of the man and woman standing on the step is not known.  A chimney can be seen rising just above the roof line.  This photo is approximately contemporary with the photo on the header of this site.

The second photo of the depot was probably taken in the 1950s, although perhaps it could have been taken a little earlier.

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The presence of the gas meter dates the photo from no earlier than 1941.  The south doors of the depot have been replaced by windows and moved to another wall, probably due to the increase in traffic on Fourth Street/Highway 160 in the intervening 40 years.

Senior Girls basketball, 1936

Athletics have long been a prominent part of life in Bradley.  From the 1930s through the 1960s, perhaps no sport was as prominent in Bradley as was girls basketball.

Below is a picture of the 1936 Bradley Senior Girls basketball team.

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Front row, left to right:  Maedran Wilson, Onie Wilson, Obie Colvin, Sis Hamner, Jessie Mae Burns, Elvis Wise, Mary Dees.  Second row, left to right:  Pauline (?) Wingfield (chaperone), Agnes Nolte, Dorothy McGee, Hazel Massey, Beatrice Wilson, Docia Morgan, W. R. Hudson (coach).

The four basketballs being held by the girls seated in the front row are labeled, from left to right, “County Champs 1934,” “District Champs 1935,” “County Champs 1936,” and County Champs 1935.”

Kizer school, circa 1910, Part 2 of 2

Last Monday’s post (11/5/07) showed a “Souvenir” from the Kizer school about 1910.  Here is a picture of the Kizer school, its teacher and students from about the same time:

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Note the two people sitting in the windows on the right side of the building.

Below is a list of the names of some of the persons in the picture.  The list has apparently been cropped on the right side.  I don’t know who made this list.  It is definitely not the handwriting of my father, Frank M. Cochran, Jr., who organized much of the material, other than public records, that will be found on this website.

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For easier reading:

In Door:

Katie Barnett with Bardon in her arms, Eddie Barker, Eureka Cochran

Top row:

Mr. Baker (teacher), Hozzie Waller

Second Row from top:

Blanchard Vaughan, Edie (?) King, Fairy King, Paul Collins, Frank Cochran, Luther Vaughan, Valma Cochran

Third Row from top:

Clarence Thomas, Ida Mae Pockrus, Allen Collins, Ellis Collins, Willis Cochran, Bryan Cochran, Grady Barker, unknown, Jessie Ray Cochran, Maud King, unknown, Corrie Pockrus

Fourth Row (next-to-bottom) from top:

Odessa Waller, Chloe Lyons, unknown, Zula Mae Collins, Ruth Vaughan, Gertrude Barker, Evie Waller, unknown, Roy Waller, Clifford King, Judson Thomas, Verlie Lyons, unknown

Fifth (Bottom) Row:

Jimmy Cochran, Paul Barnett, Harvey Thomas, Maudie Pockrus, unknown, unknown, Tillman Collins, Willie Dell Vaughan, unknown, Glen McDonald, [Lyons or King?], [? Collins], unknown

Cochran Hardware

Sometime in the early 1920’s (probably 1924), Frank Cochran, Sr., resigned his position at Holland Hardware Co. (see the post from October 8, 2007) and decided to go into business for himself.  The following photo shows “Frank M. Cochran Hardware Co.” as it looked about 1928 or 1929.  And, yes, for those of you who are wondering, the boy on the horse is, indeed, Frank M. Cochran, Jr.  A close look at the right-side window pane reveals a gentleman standing inside the building wearing a white or light-colored shirt and a tie.

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The following slightly out-of-focus photo shows Cochran Hardware Co. as it appeared during World War II.

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The sign on the front says “International Harvester Farm Equipment” and “Cochran Hardware Company.”  The two people standing beside the yellow truck are probably Frank Cochran, Sr., and Edith Cochran, a distant relative who worked for him for slightly more than ten years.  The spot in the upper left quadrant of the picture is simply deterioration of the original slide film photo.  The poster just to the right of the blue car is probably some sort of patriotic exhortation, i.e., urging the purchase of war bonds or something similar.  Note that, even though this photograph is taken approximately fifteen years after the first photograph, the street is still unpaved.

Most of this building was demolished in 1964, but the left side one-third still stands today.  The lot on the right of the picture, approximately where the gasoline pump appears, is now occupied by the Walnut Hill Telephone Co. building.

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:

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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:

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Light & Ice Plant Fire, 1938

Monday, September 12, 1938, was a memorable day in Bradley:

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Della McKnight Cochran, who kept a diary from 1920 until shortly before her death in 1950, wrote on that day:  “At 10:00 A.M. light & ice plant burned.  I [was] there until noon.  Business disrupted without electricity.”  The entries for the following few days do not mention when electricity was restored.

The photo is taken from approximately where Highway 160 now crosses the railroad tracks, looking southwest.  The second building from the left is where Smith Funeral Home is located today.  Note the men on the roof of the adjacent building to the right of the burning building.

Lee Bros.–Holland Hdwe. Building

The photo below is of a long-ago demolished building in Bradley.  My grandmother, Della McKnight Cochran, wrote underneath the photo:  “G. W. & R. R. Lee Store, later Holland Hdwe. Store, where Frank Cochran [Sr.] worked 10 yrs. 4 months.”  My father, Frank M. Cochran, Jr., much later wrote on the back of the photo:  “Lee Bros. Store about 1910.  Later Holland Hdwe. about 1912.  Demolished 1931.”

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Where was this building?  I remember my grandfather, Frank Cochran, Sr., telling me about working for Holland Hardware Co.  He said it was located close to the building which was built in the mid-1960’s by the Walnut Hill Masonic Lodge, and which now houses Vicki’s Beauty Shop.

The 1905 Real Estate Tax Book in the Lafayette County Clerk’s Office shows that lots 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11 of Block 9 were assessed to “G. M. & R. R. Lee.”  Lots 4 and 5 (50 ft.-wide lots) of Block 9 are approximately where the new Bradley Fire Department building is located today.  Lots 9, 10, and 11 (25 ft.-wide lots) of Block 9, where this building apparently stood, are located just south of the former Lodge Hall.  The building almost certainly faced the railroad (east).

By deed dated November 3, 1910, G. M. Lee and Willie Howell Lee, his wife, and R. R. Lee and Daisy Lee, his wife, conveyed all five lots to W. D. Stewart for a consideration of $1,500.  Mr. Stewart paid $600 down and signed 9 promissory notes for $100 each, with each due on the first day of succeeding months, beginning December 1, 1910.  All the notes were without interest.  (Deed Records Book T-3, page 488)

By deed dated February 1, 1914, W. D. Stewart and Emma Stewart, his wife, conveyed all five lots to Holland Hardware Company for a consideration of $2,200.  Holland Hardware Co. paid $500 down and agreed to pay $565 on February 1, 1915, $565 on February 1, 1916, and $570 on February 1, 1917.  Each of the installment payments bore 10% interest.  (Deed Records Book Y-3, page 613)

In the 1931 Real Estate Tax Book, the year the notation on the back of the photo says the building was demolished, all five lots were assessed to R. M. Holland.

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.

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