Bradley Township lies in
the extreme north-western part of the County,
and was named in honor of Judge Wm. BRADLEY, a
highly honored citizen of this county, whose
services to the County deserved that his name be
thus rescued from decay.
Bradley is bounded on the
north by Randolph County, on the east by Ora and
Ava, on the south, by the three townships of
Ava, Kindkaid and Degognia and on the wet, by
Randolph county, Degognia Creek being the line
of demarcation. Kinkaid and Beaucoup
Creeks, have their source within its limits, the
first, flowing to the southward and the latter,
in a northeasterly direction. It is
further drained and watered by Degognia Creek
and some of its eastern tributaries.
The St. Louis and Cairo
Railroad enters it from the north and runs a
south-easterly course through it, passing out in
the east, a little more than a mile from the
This township contained a
few settlers before the organization of the
State in 1818.
In contains one town,
Campbell Hill, situated on the railroad named
above, four miles from its rival, Ava.
This village was surveyed
and laid off by Edward NEWSOME, County
surveyor, and certified to , on January 10th,
1874. The plat was filed for record with
R.W. HAMILTON, Circuit Clerk and Recorder, on
the 19th of March in the same year. St.
Louis & C. R. R. has a station here, and
Bradley is deserted, and its glory has paled in
the presence of the more youthful
Campbell Hill claims a
population of 300 inhabitants, and is under town
organization. The town officers are as
follows: Dr. W.R. GORDON, President of the
council; Mr. MOHLENBROCK, Mr. UNDERWOOD,
John McDONALD, Mr. DOWNEN and Peter STOFFLE.
George GORDON, is Clerk of the Board, and
Henry LOY, is Magistrate.
The school-building is
new, comfortable, and furnished with the best
style of school-desks and seats. It was
built in 1877, at a cost to the taxpayers of
about $1200, and reflects credit upon their
taste and culture, and exhibits an interest in
the cause of education, worth of
The hotel is kept by Mr.
BENSON, and its reputation may be inferred, from
the fact that it is at his hotel the passengers
northward or southward on the railroad, get
There is but one church
edifice in the town, which was erected by the
Baptist society, known as " Looney Spring"
Church. George GORDON is the pastor.
The building is of brick, and is not yet
entirely finished. This is the strongest
religious organization in that part of the
County. Judge BRADLEY has been its pastor.
Among the members of this church, in its
early years and at the present, mention is made
of David UNDERWOOD, his sons and families, the
GORDONS, the PHOENIXES, and DOWNENS. A
prosperous Sunday School is connected with the
GORDON & Co.,
are dealers in general mechandize,
Augustus DUDENBASTLE, is postmaster and
dealer in dry goods and groceries. John
HANNS, has a drug store. the custom and
merchant mill, which was formerly run by Thomas
WOODS is now operated by William MOHLENBROCK.
It is a large and well-conducted
establishment, and affords the farmers a home
market for their grain.
Among the substantial
farmers of Bradley Township, or as it was called
until of late years, Bradley precinct, we make
mention of Cyrus BRADLEY, Mr. PHOENIX, Mr.
TUCKER, Jonathan McDONALD, Mr. William DOWNEN,
Peter STOFFLE, Mr. WARD, the UNDERWOODS.
Among the first settlers we mention Mrs.
William KIMMEL, 1817, and Mr. BARROW.
Josiah CULLY came to settle in the Bradley
settlement in 1836.
A very considerable
portion of this township consists of land
suitable for agricultural purposes. In the
eastern part, the land is somewhat broken, but
of good quality; in south and west the surface
is smooth. Some exceedingly well tilled
farms are found in this section and the traveler
through Bradley meets evidence of thrift and
plenty on every hand. the people are
honest and wide-awake, and are marching abreast
of the times. The old log school houses
have largely disappeared, and new frame
buildings, comfortably seated and well lighted,
are superseding them.
This was all heavily
timbered before "his echoing axe, the settler
swung", and there is yet an abundance of the
very best timber. Good qualities of
building stone abound.
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