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Atchison County Kansas Bio Sketches 


Lewis BRADLEY, farmer and stockman, of Kapioma Township, Atchison County, was born February 24, 1857 in Henderson County, Illinois and is a son of Hamilton J. and Sarah E. (PENCE) Bradley. The father was born i Steuben County, New York, October 27, 1834. He followed the stonemason's trade. Coming to Atchison County, Kansas, several years later, in 1880, bought the farm of 160 acres which his son now owns. He came to Kansas with very little capital, but was able to save enough money to buy 160 acres in Canadian County, Oklahoma. His death occurred May 24, 1914. The mother, who died March 8, 1908, was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, May 14,1837. Lewis Bradley, the subject of this sketch, spent the first few years of his life in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, and then was brought to Kansas by his parents in 1874. He farmed with his father until 1898, when he bought the home farm and built a fine nine-room house on the place, a two-story dwelling. In 1913 he erected a large barn, 48x60 feet and keeps the best graded stock. Mr. Bradley was married September 5, 1881 to Minnie STREETER, who was born in Boone County, Illinois, October 28, 1865. She is a daughter of Rev. William H. and Hanna (VANDICAR) Streeter, both natives of Watertown, NY. Mr. Streeter came to Kansas in 12870. He was a Methodist minister and established churches all over Kansas. He was born September 16, 1825 and died February 28, 1911. Hanna, his wife, was born May 16,1826 and died July 29, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have four children as follows: Maud married Albert WILLIAMS, railroad contractor, Muscotah, Kan., who is a graduate of the county high school and taught for fourteen years; Bessie, deceased; Henry, living at home, graduate of business college of Kansas City, Mo.; Leslie married Miss Mabel SWISHER and has three children, Elberta, Clarence and Bessie. Mr. Bradley is a Republican, and belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America and to the Mystic Workers of the World. He and his wife were charter members of the Advent Christian Church at Muscotah. Mr. Bradley is the oldest living of a family of eleven children: the others living are: Lavelle GREEN, Levi, Ellen SHEETS, Elmer, May SOMMERS and Mary RAASCH.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, April 2002

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