News From the Past Taken From the Bradford Republican

August 12, 1886 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican)

Died, at the home of her parents, in Bradford, August 11, Ora, only daughter of J. S. and Mrs. Botham, after a long illness, aged 19 years.

H. Phenix has recently bought a Hedrick perpetual baling press which has attracted a good deal of attention.  It will be operated by steam power.

Mother Fairbanks and son, Stokely have gone on a visit to Nebraska.

Mrs. Elton Boyce of Stanton, Mass., who has been visiting friends in this section returned to her home Tuesday.

William Pilgrim and wife visited friends at French Grove, Peoria county from Saturday until Tuesday.

A. M. Mutchmore received the sad intelligence by telegram on Tuesday that his eldest daughter, Mrs. Carrie Nelligan had died on Monday, at her home in Orleans, Nebraska.

Miss Hettie Burtt returned from her visit to Mendota last week.

Simon Cox, of Wyoming was a Bradford visitor last Tuesday.

G. E. Prouty made a flying visit with friends here the first of the week.

The oats crop is an exceptionally good one in this vicinity this year, averaging about fifty bushels per acre.

September 11, 1890  (Reprinted September 11, 1940 Bradford Republican)

Mike Carico this week emigrates to Dallas County, Iowa.

A surprise was held Saturday night in honor of the Silver wedding anniversary of Uncle George and Mrs. Reed with seventy present.

W. P. Dator whos failing health has so alarmed his family, this week sold his stock of groceries in his store to J. F. Carroll and Will A. Gerard.

Cyrus Avery, an early settler of Stark county and for many years a resident of Bradford, died at his home in Kewanee Saturday.

Ed Decker, John Finnegan, Alva Ames and Morris Fowler took premiums with their colts at the colt show at J. H.Jamison & Co.s, barn Saturday.

Mrs. Reardon and family of Keota, Iowa are visiting in the Patrick Finnegan home.

Jacob Thurm, or Hahn, as he is sometimes called, has rented the Horton elevator at Lombardville and refitted it for business.

Squire Dator has gone to Nebraska on a visit and to recuperate his health.

A. R.Hepperly, clerk of the district court at Ellsworth, Kansas has been a visitor with the family of J. N. Ketterman.

January 23, 1896 (Reprinted January 24, 1951, Bradford Republican)

R. Rakestraw, of Wyoming, has received a patent on a swinging gate.

Hosea Harmon's public sale, held Thursday of last week, brought fair prices.  Next week the Harmon family will move to Fillmore county, Nebraska.

C. R. Capperrrune returned to his studies yesterday morning in Dixon.  He has been home about a week between terms.

Squire Bocock, W. A. Washburn and William Weeks are attending a Masonic school of instruction in Dixon this week.

E. Andrews is now making a specialty of the three best brands of cigars made.  The Royal Sport, American Seal and Havana Rose.

William Ribley marketed a nine month old turkey this week that weighed 30 pounds.

The Thomas Imes family left recently for their new home in Des Moines, Iowa.


October 19, 1910 (Reprinted October 18, 1950 Bradford Republican)

Dr. and Mrs. R. W. Sharp and daughter, Hazel, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Tyschen spent Sunday in Mendota, the trip being made in the Ford.  They returned home Monday morning.

Thursday afternoon Mrs. Otis Montooth and children and niece, Sophia Christianson, returned from Idaho, where they had been during the summer months.  Mrs. Montooth feels improved in health and strength.

A letter received by Mr. Peter Phenix from her daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Murchison, says that in Alberta, Canada, where they have been located this season, there was snow in the air a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Murchison will not winter in Canada, but are making their way by easy stages to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr. and Mrs. William Steimle and family last week moved to their farm property a few miles southwest of town.  During the summer the place has been improved by the building of a fine residence, barn, granary, and other farm buildings.

Peter Thurm returned from Peoria on Monday evening.  He has been there a week with his son-in-law, Nic Stauffer, who under went an operation for appendicitis.

Mr. and Mrs. John Tumbleson are here for a visit with relatives.  He has taken a lay-off day from work in a Galesburg foundry and will visit his parents in Kansas before returning to work.

Mrs. Arthur Wilson and babe arrived yesterday from Marathon, Iowa, to make a short visit with relatives.

J. C. Ribley, of Castleton, favors a foot which was pierced by a rusty nail to its entire length.

Arthur Harmon, of near Wyoming, will move to the farm where his brother, Clair, now lives, in the spring and the latter will locate on the property which he lately purchased of his cousins, the Harmon heirs.

A. Loudenburg, Morgan House, and Mike O'Brien, of Spoon River, went to Omaha, Monday to purchase cattle.

November 30, 1910 (Reprinted in the Nov. 29, 1950, Bradford Republican

Mr. and Mrs. N. D. Steward, for 53 years residents of Stark county, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary Saturday at their country home southwest of here.

Mrs. T. J. Capperrune, son Clifford, daughter, Mrs. Ruth Hanchett and husband, went to Chicago on Saturday for a week's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Cady R. Capperrune.

John Kimble is here from South Dakota to spend the winter, leaving his father to take care of the ranch.

Arley Harwood has forsaken the vocation of traveling salesman and has become junior partner of the firm of Weisenborn-Harwood Land Co., which has offices in the Mayer building in Peoria.

Charles Gerard who has employment with the Buda Plaindealer, passed the day with his family here.

An item to escape us last week was that of the return to Bradford of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kopp, who have proved up on their South Dakota claim.

Mr. William Austin and little daughter arrived on Saturday from their home at Mitchell, S. Dakota, and are enjoying a short visit with relatives.

Word was received here Monday by C. Huffman that lightning had struck the barn Sunday morning, on the farm occupied by their daughter, Mrs. John Nickolls, near Wady Petra, burning the structure to the ground. The loss is a heavy one and only partly covered by insurance.

January 25, 1911  (Reprinted January 24, 1951, Bradford Republican)

St. John's bazaar, wich has been in program all the past week, came to a close Monday evening.  The affair was a complete success, both socially and financially.

Miss Ida Ketchum went to Chicago last week, where she enrolled for the spring term at the Chicago Kindergarten college.

Byron  Allen and Fred Farley, after visiting a week in Nevada, Iowa, returned home Monday.

John Barry was very much surprised Monday evening when a number of friends dropped in.  Mrs. Barrry had invited the, it being his birthday.  Oysters and other refreshments were served.

Miss Laura Swank, of Lombardville, had a severe fall on the ice Saturday afternoon.

Everett Wright, of Milo, came home Friday after an extended visit in Missouri.

Having decided to move to South Dakota, Michael Malone, will have a farm sale, Tuesday, on the farm 2 miles east and 1 1/2 miles north of Bradford.

August 20, 1919 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican)

Vincent Van Braune, a resident of Bradford for many years, passed away at St. Francis hospital last Friday where he went about two months ago.

Villa, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Z. H. Camp, was taken to St. Francis hospital at Peoria the latter part of last week, and operated upon for appendicitis.

Mrs. Fred Deyo of Augusta, Kansas is a guest at the home of Mrs. E. D. Rennick, and othe relatives.

Mrs. J. F. Carroll received word the first of the week that her son, James had arrived at New York from France.

A pretty home wedding took place at the home of Frank Steward near Castleton, Wednesday evening, August 6, when Miss Lee Etta Berniece Morris became the bride of Scott S. Crum.

J. H. Bucher, linotype operator at the Republican office, received word from his parents, at Kansas City, that his brother-in-law had been killed instantly when an automobile in which he was riding skidded on the new boiled boulevard.


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May 24, 1877
Taken From the Henry Republican

Bradford is a village situated in the northeast corner of Stark county, and boasts of its 800 inhabitants, being as regards size and population the third town in the county, but as regards thrift, enterprise, energy and business is second to none, in fact it leads the county in these respects. It is here that the celebrated "Curtis Gang Plow: and the "Curtis Jr." plows are manufactured, each factory employing a force of hand. We have also some 10 or 12 mercantile houses all doing a thriving business; besides these, there are two first class harness shops, three ditto boot and shoe shops, all doing a fine business, Wm. Leet & Co., and H. P. Hopskins & Co., represent the grain business, paying the highest market prices for grain of all kinds, and that both firms are well patronized is evinced by the almost continual stream of loaded teams that wend their way to the warehouses on the west sides of the railroad.

The professions and arts are also well represented, that of the law by Miller & Prout, J. E. Bush, and ex-justice of the peace, H. B. Young, who has lately "hung his shingle on the outer wall" announcing himself as an "attorney and counselor at law." The medical profession is represented by Drs. Davison, Kibbie, Sollis and Callender; they all seem busy, and say the season is a very sickly one. The arts are representted by J. Griswold, whose studio is filled with rare gems of the camera.

One thing however we lack, we have no newspaper, although there are an abundance of newspaper reporters who speak to the people through the columns of the Wyoming Post, Bee, Molly Stark, etc. But we think we are of sufficient importance to command a small space in the columns of "The Republican" also, and with your kind indulgence we will give you an account of the acts and doings of our little burgh.

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