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WILLIAM H. BRADLEY

WILLIAM H. BRADLEY, OF ATHENS TOWNSHIP, ONE OF THE EARLIEST SETTLERS OF RINGGOLD COUNTY, DIED AT HIS HOME LAST SATURDAY MORNING AFTER A LONG ILLNESS.  HE WAS BORN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 14, 1829, BEING THE ELDEST CHILD OF A FAMILY OF FOUR CHILDREN.  WHEN HE WAS FOUR YEARS OF AGE HIS PARENTS REMOVED TO BROWNSVILLE, PA., WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION, ATTENDING FOR A TIME THE SAME SCHOOL WITH JAMES G. BLAINE.  IN 1852 THE FAMILY MOVED TO WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO.  ON OCTOBER 16, 1856, MR. BRADLEY WAS MARRIED TO MISS CATHERINE STAIR, AND SOON AFTER CAME TO IOWA, SETTLING IN POE TOWNSHIP, RINGGOLD COUNTY.  AT THAT TIME MOUNT AYR HAD ONLY EIGHT HOUSES. IN THE SPRING OF 1857 HE LOCATED ON THE B.B. DUNNING PLACE, WHERE HE RESIDED UNTIL 1860, WHEN HE REMOVED TO POE TOWNSHIP, WHERE HE LIVED UNTIL THE BREAKING OUT OF THE CIVIL WAR.  HE ENLISTED AUGUST 10, 1862, IN COMPANY G, TWENTY-NINTH IOWA INFANTRY, AND WAS ENGAGED IN THE BATTLES OF HELENA, LITTLE ROCK, CAMDEN, MOBILE AND MANY OTHER MINOR ENGAGEMENTS.  AT THE CLOSE OF THE WAR HE RECEIVED AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE AND RETURNED TO HIS HOME IN THIS COUNTY, LOCATING IN ATHENS TOWNSHP, WHERE HE IMPROVED A FINE FARM.  HE WAS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND ENJOYED THE CONFIDENCE AND RESPECT OF ALL WHO KNEW HIM.  THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED SUNDAY FROM THE RESIDENCE AND THE REMAINS WERE BROUGHT TO THE ROSE HILL CEMETERY FOR INTERMENT.  HE LEAVES A WIFE AND FIVE CHILDREN TO MOURN HIS DEATH.

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