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Pianogal5004
2nd article
Georgia Bradley, 99, has to stop and think when asked how she and her husband, Paul, 100, have managed to stay together for 80 years.

"I guess I never really gave it much thought," she said. "We were always busy with something."

The Bradleys, who live in a Washington Township apartment, have gone from meeting on a city bus to starting several successful businesses and raising three children.

Both were born in Indianapolis and grew up in the same neighborhood, but they were not a couple until one day when they ended up on the same bus on the way to work.

"Her boyfriend at the time was driving her to work one morning, and she thought he was 'getting fresh' with her," said Milana Riggs, a family friend and one of the couple's caregivers. "She got out of that car and got on a bus for the rest of the ride to work."

Riggs, who grew up with one of the Bradleys' daughters, stays with the couple several days each week.

"I was not supposed to be on that bus," Georgia said. "It was the wrong bus for him, too.

"It was just fate," she said. "I never saw that other (boyfriend) again."

Georgia and Paul were married a few months later, on June 12, 1931, and started out with little to their name -- as many couples did more than a year into the Great Depression. They each had a job that yielded a few dollars each week.

Georgia worked for Allison Coupon Co.; Paul, who quit high school at age 14 to help his siblings, was delivering telegrams for Western Union. He later worked for Standard Grocery Co. in the maintenance department.

"He was making $25 a month," Riggs said. "She was making $16 a month."

Then the couple made a decision that would change their lives. Capitalizing on his skills as an electrician honed while working for Standard Grocery, Paul and Georgia started Bradley Electric.

He worked feverishly as an electrical contractor for many of the housing-boom years before, during and after World War II.

"Starting a business was such a gamble," Georgia said. "You had to have an income, and there was no guarantee, but he made it work."

The enterprise took off during those boom years.

"Everybody loved Bradley Electric," Georgia said. "I worked in the office and couldn't even get the whole name of the company out before the caller would start talking or another line would ring and somebody wanted us to work for them."

As the Bradleys raised three children, Paul learned to fly, and the couple moved into the real-estate business. Later, they started a business that did aerial photography.

"Mom and Dad always worked as a team," said their son, Dick, a retired civil engineer who lives in the Atlanta area. "I worked for them from the time I was about 8 years old until after college."

Dick Bradley said life with his parents was always an adventure that included two sisters, Charlene and Nancy, who are deceased.

"After my dad took up flying, we all flew up to Canada to fish," Dick said. "My mother was a very good fisherman. So were my sisters."

It was the simple things, Georgia said, that made working together in a business possible.

"I couldn't argue with him," she said. "He wouldn't argue. I respected his opinion, and we respected each other's opinions."

That respect carried over into their personal lives and marriage.

"You have to marry the right person," she said. "You have to love each other enough to work out your problems."

"You have to marry the right person. You have to love each other enough to work out your problems."

Georgia Bradley, celebrating 80 years of marriage to Paul Bradley
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 26, 2013 1:27 PM
Pianogal5004
RE: news article
found it:
The Bradleys' 80th Anniversary

Paul E Bradley and Georgia Ann Heath were married in Indianapolis on June 12, 1931. Both worked during those difficult depression times to survive and help both their widowed mothers. Then came a son they named Paul Richard, and Paul senior said "I have to do better". He had a series of jobs, and went to school to learn to be an electrician. Paul worked long hours. Georgia would bring dinner keeping Paul company as he worked by Coleman lanterns to finish up. Together they started Bradley Electric, a very successful electrical contracting business. Two daughters, Nancy and Charlene, then entered the family picture. The business grew, and many family members and relatives found employment under the guidance of Paul and Georgia. Wanting to do better, Paul became a real estate broker and Georgia a licensed real estate sales professional. They formed LaSalle Reality and offered employment to many. Business boomed. Georgia was a star sales professional, second only to her duties as a mother of three young children. Paul had taken up photography and flying as hobbies, along with fishing and hunting. They spent many days fishing in Canada, and Georgia became an excellent fisherman. Paul formed Skyways Unlimited to do air photography. This successful business produced brochures, post cards, advertisements and other air borne services of extreme high quality in Indiana and Florida for some very prominent restaurants and hotels. They originally obtained a very small abandoned house on LaSalle St. in about 1934. They improved, expanded, added additional lots and buildings, and this was their home and business location for almost 72 years. Keeping active, they recently took a hot air balloon ride at Conner Prairie. They also enjoy wagering a few dollars on the horse raced at the betting parlor in downtown Indy. Last November for birthdays, Georgia celebrated 99 years as of Nov. 26, and Paul 100 years on Dec. 1, 2010 at the White River Yacht Club where they were members. Not a record, but way above average. The family celebrated this great and rare anniversary on June 11th. Children and grandchildren from Georgia and Ohio plus Paul's kid brother, 96, and young sister, 90, will then all be able to attend plus close friends from Chicago.
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 26, 2013 1:24 PM
Pianogal5004
Burton family link
check out this family from KY, they must be related to your Bradleys as they are listed in census records too... lists a Burton who was buried in Hamilton county too...
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=annebw&id=I8507
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 10:27 PM
Pianogal5004
Daniel's family
Daniel Bradley
Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959
marriage: 10 November 1874 , Hamilton, Indiana
marriage license: 10 November 1874
spouse: Mary D Ackles


Daniel Bradley
Father of bride
Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959
spouse: Ackles (Mary)
other: Jesse White to (Bertha)


Name: George Franklin Wiles
Birth Date: 20 Nov 1862
Birthplace: Hamilton Co., Ind
Age:
Spouse's Name: Bertha White
Spouse's Birth Date: 19 Aug 1882
Spouse's Birthplace: Noblesville, Ind
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 11 Sep 1921
Event Place: Hamilton Co., Ind
Father's Name: John B. Wiles
Mother's Name: Hannah Rebecca Bowman
Spouse's Father's Name: Daniel Allen Bradley
Spouse's Mother's Name: Mary D. Ackles


Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 8:54 AM
Pianogal5004
Columbus
I believe he was the son of Burton & Mary as he was also listed in the 1860 Wisconsin census as being born in 1855. Daniel's death record is wrong, it should be that he was born in 1853, not 54, per census records. He may have gone by his middle name when he was older, or he died young...
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 8:30 AM
Pianogal5004
Columbus
I believe he was the son of Burton & Mary as he was also listed in the 1860 Wisconsin census as being born in 1855. Daniel's death record is wrong, it should be that he was born in 1853, not 54, per census records. He may have gone by his middle name when he was older, or he died young...
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 8:30 AM
Pianogal5004
Dan Bradley
I found this death record...
Name: Daniel Allen Bradley
Titles and Terms (Original):
Event Date: 04 Jan 1920
Event Place: Palestine, Crawford, Illinois
Gender: Male
Marital Status:
Race:
Age: 65
Birth Year (Estimated): 1855
Birth Date: 06 Dec 1854
Birthplace: Noblesville Ind
Father's Name: Burton Bradley
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace: Ky
Mother's Name: Mary Singer
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Birthplace: not known
Occupation: RR Section foreman
Residence Place:
Address:
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Titles and Terms (Original):
Spouse's Birthplace:
Burial Date: 07 Jan 1920
Burial Place: Noblesville Ind

This should be Columbus per birth year! hmmm
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 8:22 AM
Pianogal5004
Bradley deaths
List of news articles that may interest you (this is only a title list search- you would have to request at the library)BRADFORD, J. E. / Co. C, 30th. Regt. Ind. / Death of, J. 7-20-1865. p 4, c 4,
BRADFORD, Maude (Miss) / Accidental death of, N 8-13-1883 p 2, c 4,
BRADFORD, Robert / Accidental death of, J. 4-24-1865. p 2, c 2,
Bradford, William / Death of, N 9-4-1885 p1 c7
BRADFORD, Capt. Wm. S. / Co. F, 57th Regt. Ind. / Death of, J. 5-23-1862. p 3, c 1,
The last one is very interesting- was Columbus a nephew?
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 7:21 AM
Pianogal5004
Burton & Mary
(sorry I hit the wrong button)
Burton Bradley & Mary Singer were married in Marion County 1-13-1847
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 7:10 AM
Pianogal5004
Burton & Mary
Added by Pianogal5004 on Aug 24, 2013 7:08 AM
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