Bradley Family Reunion

The Cartersville News
Cartersville, Georgia
May 21, 1908, Page 1
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Family Reunion
Mrs. W. A. Bradley Enjoys Meeting of Children and Grandchildren.

At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Dyer, on Sunday, May 17, 1908, the children and grandchildren of Mrs. W. A. Bradley met in a happy reunion.  Our old citizens well remember that good old man, Mr. W. A. Bradley, who after nearly forty years in this home, passed to his heavenly home six years ago.  Here he reared his family of seven children, saw them leave, one by one, to homes of their own, until only he and his good wife were left.  Soon after they had celebrated their Golden wedding he passed away.  It was, therefore with hearts filled with mingled joy and sadness that these children met with their mother in the dear old home—glad that their lives had been spared to meet again; sad because it could not be a complete reunion.

One child, twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren were absent. There were present six children, sixteen grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

It was planned as a pleasant surprise to Mrs. Bradley to have the dinner somewhat after the picnic style, so the baskets were quietly sent in and after attending service at the Sam Jones Memorial church, the dinner was served.  The long table was tastefully arranged and fairly groaned beneath its weight of good things.  Seated first was the good mother, now in her 78th  year and the following children: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. E. Matthews, of Cartersville; Mr. and Mrs. John F. Bradley, of College Park, Mrs. W. H. Espey, of Crystal River, Fla., and Mrs. C. Hovey Clyde, of Webster, N. C.  The dinner was most gracefully served by the granddaughters—Misses Evelyn Dyer, Nellie Bradley, Lena and Mildred Matthews.  After dinner the hours were spent in singing favorite hymns, those of the grandchildren who played taking turn about at the piano, and in talking over old times.  The day was one of sunshine and showers in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, for as old times were recalled and experiences given, smiles and tears accompanied.

Mr. John Bradley and family returned to College Park on the evening train, but the sisters will remain a few days longer.


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