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Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
186 Dearborn Street

Page 729

O. P. BRADLEY, farmer and dealer in livestock, Sec. 31; P.O. Greenview; was born in Bath Co., Ky., Feb. 28, 1831; son of Elijah and Martha Hornback Bradley, both natives of Kentucky. The father was a blacksmith, and was drowned in the Licking River when his son was 14 years of age. This left a family of nine children to the care of the mother and older members of the family. Mr. Bradley passed his youth in business for himself. He worked by the month for some time, then rented a farm, and for some years remained there and followed farming. In 1853, he and his mother and family came to Menard Co., Ill., and located on Salt Creek. Here he and his brother bought 196 acres of wild prairie land. Since that time he has not only purchased his brother's share of the land, but now owns 800 acres of well-improved land, 200 of which joins the village of Greenview. His Salt Creek farm is one of the best improved and most pleasantly situated in the county. At the time of his coming to Illinois he had but $250 and what he now has is due to close attention to business, honesty and industry. He was united in marriage with Amelia A. McDonald in 1856. She is a native of Bath Co., Ky. From this union there were eight children, seven of whom are now living - Almeda, William N., Lewis, Leander, Charles, Henry and Luther C. The name of the one deceased was Trinville. Mr. Bradley has devoted his time almost entirely to farming, and his skill and energy have met with deserved success. His judgment in handling livestock has also been a source of material advantage. He has always voted the Democratic ticket, but is quite liberal in his views of men and things. He has always been liberal in his support of moral and educational enterprises, the churches and schools of the neighborhood, and has ever been foremost in the development of the best interests of the county.

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