Transcribed by Mary Ann Kaylor
MILTON M. BRADLEY, M.D. - Among the successful medical practitioners of Sangamon county must be numbered Milton M. Bradley, who for the past seven years has been engaged in practice at Chatham. He was born at Dalton, Texas, February 24, 1864, and is a son of Dr. G. W. Bradley, whose birth occurred at Holden, Johnson county, Missouri, in 1838. His paternal grandfather was Richard Bradley, who was from Kentucky and was one of the first settlers of Johnson county, Missouri. There our subject's father grew to manhood and his sympathies being with the south during the Civil war he enlisted in the Confederate army and was wounded in the service. Later he removed to Texas, where he studied medicine and engaged in practice to some extent. It was there that he became acquainted with and married Miss Rebecca Ann Deatherage, who was born and reared in Morgan county, Illinois, her father, George Deatherage, being one of the early settlers of that locality. In 1866 Dr. G. W. Bradley left Texas and removed to Waverly, Morgan county, this state, where resumed the practice of medicine, and meeting with good success he is still actively identified with the profession. In his family are two sons, both physicians, Milton M. and George R. The latter is now successfully engaged in practice at Modesto, Illinois.
Dr. Milton M. Bradley was only two years old when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Waverly, and in the grammar and high schools of that city he acquired his literary education. Later he took a course in pharmacy at Chicago and then took up the study of medicine, graduating at the Marion Sims Medical College of St. Louis in the class of 1892. After receiving his degree, he accepted a position in a drug store at Chatham, where he was employed as a pharmacist for three years, and in 1896 opened an office for the practice of medicine at that place. His skill and ability are attested by the liberal patronage he now enjoys, for he has built up a good practice which is constantly increasing. He is a member of both the state and Sangamon County Medical Societies and through these organizations and the perusal of medical journals he keeps thoroughly abreast of the times in regard to the latest discoveries and theories known to the medical world.
On Christmas day of 1884, at Waverly, Illinois, Dr. Bradley married Miss Alma E. Fleming, who was born, reared and educated at that place, and is a daughter of Robert Fleming, a pioneer of Morgan county. Three children bless this union, namely: Eugene W., Theodore L. and Irene Pearl.
Politically, Dr. Bradley is a stanch Democrat and is now serving as township clerk. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which he joined at Waverly. He also belonged to the Knights of Pythias Lodge at that place, but transferred his membership to the Chatham Lodge on its organization, and he is also a charter member of the Improved Order of Red Men at this place. Both he and his wife belong to the Order of the Eastern Star and stand high socially.