Biography of Patrick S. Bradley
PATRICK S. BRADLEY, general manager of the Home Storage and Manufacturing Company, at Elwood, Indiana, an example of the self- made manhood of which this country is so justifiably proud, has been a resident of this city for nearly twenty years, during which time he has firmly established a reputation as a capable man of affairs, He was, born in Brooklyn, New York, May 14, 1854, and is a son of Arthur and Ann (Murnin) Bradley, natives of County Down, Ireland.
The paternal grandparents of Mr. Bradley, Peter and Catherine (Burns) Bradley, were farming people of Ireland, who passed their entire lives on Erin’s Isle, there attaining to ripe old age, They had a large family of children, among whom were Peter, Bernard, Arthur, Felix and Catherine, The maternal grandfather of Mr. Bradley was Patrick Murnin, a farmer who was highly esteemed in his home district in Ireland. He married Ann Murnin, and they both attained old age, being the parents of these children: Arthur, Bridget, Catherine, Ann, Mary, Lawrence, Patrick and John, Arthur Bradley, father of Patrick S., was reared and married in Ireland, and there followed the trade of weaver until his emigration to America in 1852. The family settled first in Brooklyn, New York, but subsequently moved to Troy, New York, where he became a boss maltster. Subsequently the family moved to Cattaraugus County, New York, where Mr. Bradley engaged in farming and lumbering, and there his death occurred in 1872, when he was fifty- six years of age, while his wife passed away in February, 1912, at the age of eighty-three years, Both were consistent members of the Catholic Church, Their seven children were Patrick S.; Mary A., who became the wife of Joseph Biederman, of Warren, Pennsylvania; John S., living at Kane, Pennsylvania; Felix R., of Warren; Margaret, who became the wife of William Fitzpatrick, of Lima, West Virginia; Peter R., who also lives at Lima; and Thomas, whose home is at Sistersville, West Virginia.
Patrick S. Bradley was reared in Troy, New York, and there attended the parochial schools, On completing his education he entered the employ of the Standard Oil Company, at Troy, and following this joined their forces at Bradford, Pennsylvania, where he continued to be employed for upwards of a quarter of a century, In 1894 Mr. Bradley came to Elwood, and this has been his home until the present time, For seven years he was the proprietor of. a saloon business, but sold out to become identified with the Home Storage and Manufacturing Company, of which he was president until January, 1913, and since that time has acted in the capacity of general manager, This company, with which he has been identified since shortly after its inception, manufactures ice and pop and does a coal and cold storage business, and a large force of men is kept busily occupied. Mr. Bradley has the executive ability necessary to the handling of the multitudinous affairs incident to such a position, and has the thorough confidence of his associates and the respect and esteem of his men. He has been able to develop and extend the scope of the company’s trade, and his dealings have been of a nature calculated to inspire confidence and good feeling.
In October, 1890, Mr. Bradley was married to Miss Elizabeth Doran, who was born near Louisville, Kentucky, daughter of Bryan and Mary (Kavanaugh) Doran, natives of Ireland who are both now deceased. There were five children in the Doran family as follows: Mary. Larry, Elizabeth, James and Bryan. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have had eleven children: Thomas, Bernard, Marguerite, Viola, Arthur, Edna and Genevieve, and four who died in childhood, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley are members of the Catholic church, They live in their own home, which 31r, Bradley built in 1899, at No. 1003 S. Anderson street, and have many friends in that vicinity. He is a Democrat in his political views, but takes only a good citizen’s interest in public matters and has never sought preferment of an official nature.