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More notes on Block 9

I remember as a young boy being sent on frequent errands to the Post Office and the Bank.  They were in close proximity to each other on the southeast part of Block 9. 

The tax assessments do not contain any record of an assessment to the U. S. Post Office, or even a notation that the federal government is exempt from real property taxes. That made me curious.  The great majority of Bradley residents who are at least my age can no doubt remember that the Post Office was in the very southeast corner of Block 9 during the 1950s.  The deed records in the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office furnish the explanation of that conundrum.

Deed Record Book Z-6, at page 290, contains a “Standard Form of Government Lease … (As Modified For Use By The Post Office Department),” which is dated July 8, 1939.  The Lessors, i.e., the land owners, are J. B. Burton and P. D. Burton and their spouses.  The initial term of the lease was for ten years.  The lease calls for “…a room 22’ x 48’….” situated “… on the northwest corner of Pilot and Fourth Streets…,” and provides for an annual rent of $230.00.  The terms of the lease are mostly standard provisions that would usually be found in any lease of commercial property, with one exception.  Paragraph 11 states, in part:  “No Member of or Delegate to Congress or Resident Commissioner shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease or to any benefit to arise therefrom.”  The term “Resident Commissioner” is not defined.   

 The Post Office remained there until it was moved to the present location, one block south of what is now Community State Bank, in 1961. 

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The following images are examples of stationery used  by two of the businesses located in Block 9 in days long past.

First is an invoice from Holland Hardware to the Town of Bradley, dated 5/24/1924:

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The printed part of the invoice says:

“In Account With

HOLLAND HARDWARE COMPANY

D. D. HAMITER, Manager

Hardware, Furniture, Stoves and Implements”

Holland Hardware was located on lots 9, 10, and 11 of Block 9.

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Next is an invoice from Reynolds-Crockett general merchandise to the Town of Bradley, dated January, 1924:

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The printed part of the invoice says:

“In Account With

REYNOLDS-CROCKETT CO.

All Bills Are Due and Payable On The First

Of Each Month Following Date of Purchase

10 Per Cent Interest Charged After Maturity”

Reynolds-Crockett was located on lot 12 of Block 9, and later became O’Neal & Crockett.

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.