J. P. BRADLEY
One of the most highly respected residents of Weed, Siskiyou County, is J. P. Bradley, who has served for the past ten years as justice of the peace, in which position he has gained a wide reputation for his fairness and ability. He was born at Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon, on the 23rd of October, 1869, and is a son of John V. and Cynthia (Tipton) Bradley, the former having been a native of Missouri and the latter of Tennessee. The father, who was a farmer and stockman, crossed the plains with ox teams in 1852 and first settled in California, where he engaged in mining. His wife came west in 1852, riding horseback all the way from St. Joseph, Missouri, and though but seventeen years of age she assumed her part of the labor of driving a herd of cattle through. She married John V. Bradley in Douglas County, Oregon, and they became the parents of thirteen children, five of whom are still living. Both parents are deceased, the mother dying in 1897 and the father in 1912.
J. P. Bradley attended the grade schools of Roseburg, Oregon, after which he taught school for three years. Then he went to Colorado, where he engaged in police work, entering the secret service at Leadville. In 1898 he went to Alaska, where he spent two years, and then located in Seattle, Washington. For two years he served as a deputy sheriff there, and then made a trip to California. Here he was married and soon afterward engaged in ranching in Amador County, where he remained until 1912, when he established his permanent residence in Weed. Here he was with the Weed Lumber Company as a watchman for eighteen years and in 1920 was elected justice of the peace, which office he has held continuously since.
Mr. Bradley was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Payton, a daughter of Jack and Martha (Gifford) Payton, who were pioneer settlers of California, and successful farming people but both are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have been born three children: Goldie, the wife of H. H. Oller, who conducts Mr. Bradley’s ranch of seven hundred acres near Hornbrook, California, where he engaged in the raising of thoroughbred milk goats, having had as many as five hundred goats at one time; Esther, the wife of Charles Brady, of Sacramento, who is in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad, while his wife conducts a beauty parlor; and Ruby, the wife of Price Dimsky, who is managing the club for the Weed Lumber Company.
Politically Mr. Bradley is a strong Democrat and has always taken a keen interest in public affairs. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men at Weed and he and his wife belong to the Daughters of Pocahontas and the Daughters of Rebekah. He is a man of sound judgment in practical affairs, has been successful in life and his business, official and private record has gained for him the uniform respect and confidence of his fellowmen.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 192-193. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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