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BRADSHAW, Fred C. - 1912 Bio (1870-1939)


Posted By: Debbie Nash (email)
Date: 12/17/2003 at 18:34:30

From the History of Jefferson County - 1912, Volume II
Pages 459-461


“Fred C. BRADSHAW devotes his time and energies to the operation of an excellent farm of eighty-five acres, on section 4, Locust Grove township. His birth occurred in Wapello county, Iowa, on the 28th of January, 1870, his parents being William and Sarah Ann (WRIGHT) BRADSHAW, both of whom came of German ancestry. The father, a native of Tennessee, was a farmer by occupation and became one of the pioneer settlers of Jefferson county, Iowa. He assisted in hauling from Burlington the brick that was used in the construction of the first stores in Fairfield and also brought from Burlington, by wagon, the goods that went into these stores. His demise occurred on the 25th of July, 1892, on a farm a mile and a half west of Batavia. His wife had preceded him to the home beyond by several years. The record of their children is as follows: Sarah, who is deceased; Sylvester, who has also passed away; Wesley, who wedded Miss Jane INMAN of Wapello county, Iowa, and is a gardener and mail transfer man of Athens, this state; Ona, who gave her hand in marriage to Joseph ORNDUFF, an agriculturist of Locust Grove township; Eugene, who married Miss Alice CRAIG of Wapello county, Iowa, and is a packing house employe (sic) of Des Moines; Ferdinand, a liveryman of Batavia, who wedded Miss Rachel BROOKS; Laura, the wife of John PERRY, the proprietor of a restaurant at St. Joseph, Missouri; and Fred C., of this review.

The last named attended school at Batavia and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. He assisted in the operation of the old homestead and during his last year at home worked on shares with his father. In 1891 he was married and during the following two years rented land from the administrator of his father’s estate. Subsequently he purchased a farm in Wapello county, continuing to reside thereon for six years. On the expiration of that period he disposed of the property and bought a farm two miles southeast of Batavia, in Locust Grove township, whereon he also made his home for six years. In the spring of 1905 he purchased and took up his abode on a tract of eighty-five acres on section 4, Locust Grove township, where he has remained continuously since. He carries on general farming and also raises, buys and feeds cattle, which he ships to Chicago. In the conduct of his agricultural interests he has won a measure of prosperity that entitles him to representation among the substantial and enterprising citizens of the community.

On the 2d of September, 1891, Mr. Bradshaw was united in marriage to Miss Maggie COPPLE, a daughter of William M. and Evohlena (MARLOWE) COPPLE, who were born in Illinois and Tennessee respectively. The father, who comes from German ancestry, is a blacksmith by trade. He removed to Kansas from Illinois and was married in the Sunflower state. Coming to Iowa, he located in Mahaska county and there opened a blacksmith shop. Subsequently he spent nine years in Ottumwa, Wapello county, and in 1889 came to Batavia, where he worked at his trade until seven years ago. Since the demise of his wife, which occurred in Batavia on the 27th of December, 1903, he has resided in the home of our subject. Mrs. COPPLE had been married twice, his first husband being Selvenes HARRINGTON, by whom she had five children. Amanda, the only surviving child of this family, is the wife of J. M. BROHERD, the foreman of a brick and tile company at Oskaloosa. At the time of the Civil war William M. COPPLE joined the cavalry at Eddyville, Iowa, and did guard duty there. Unto him and his wife were born five children, namely: Emma, the wife of John KENNEDY of Mahaska county, who follows farming near Eddyville; Grant, who married Miss Clara WEIDER of Ottumwa and is a blacksmith of that city, having learned the trade under the direction of his father; Viola, the wife of Ralph GOTT, who is a coal miner of Centerville, Iowa; William, a blacksmith and plumber of Ottumwa, who wedded Miss Nora PANCOAST, of Batavia; and Mrs. BRADSHAW. The last named became the mother of six children, as follows: Evohlena, the wife of John McDOWELL, a farmer of Locust Grove township, by whom she has two children, Edna Grace and James Frederick; Clara, who is the wife of Lee ODUM, of Abingdon, and the mother of one child, Leo Monroe; William Carl, who attends school at Abingdon, Iowa; a daughter who died in infancy; and Joseph Monroe and Ralph Linton, both in school at Abingdon.

Mr. BRADSHAW is a democrat in politics but not bitterly partisan, considering the capability of a candidate rather than his party affiliation. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, belonging to the lodge at Abingdon. His wife is a devoted and consistent member of the Christian church at that place. They are widely and favorably known as people of genuine personal worth and many sterling traits of character and have gained an extensive circle of warm friends throughout the community.”

I am copying this for genealogical purposes and am not related to said individuals.


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