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Stanley Ernest Bradley

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 19, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 367-368

STANLEY ERNEST BRADLEY, of Huntington, is assistant
division engineer of the State Road Commission of West
Virginia, and is giving in this position very effective serv-
ice in the connection with the construction and maintenance
of good roads in hia native state. He is familiarly known
by his second rather than his first personal name.

S. Ernest Bradley was born at Nelson, Boone County,
West Virginia, February 4, 1888. His father, Samuel E.
Bradley, who resides at Madison, that county, was born in
Raleigh County in 1863, and is a son of John D. Bradley,
who was born in Boone County, June 18, 1833, and died
May 13, 1922. He was a retired farmer who passed the
major part of his active life in Raleigh County. He was
a republican in politics, was a Union veteran of the Civil
war, and served in various local offices of public order.
His wife, whose name was Martha Pauley, is also de-

Samuel E. Bradley was a young man at the time when
he established his residence in Boone County, and there he
was a school teacher for a number of years. He became a
skilled civil engineer, and as such continued in active pro-
fessional work until 1893, after which he served as county
sheriff of Boone County until 1896. He then became clerk
of the Circuit Court tor that county, a position which ho
retained until 1902. Thereafter he was engaged in civil-
engineering work until 1912, since which year he has been
actively engaged in the coal business, as an operator whose
mining interests are now of broad scope. He is president
of the Madison National Bank, is a republican and has been
influential in civic and political affairs in Boone County.
He is affiliated with the York Rite bodies of the Masonic
fraternity, and in the Scottish Rite has attained the thirty-
second degree, besides which he is affiliated with the Mystic
Shrine. He served one year as grand patriarch of the West
Virginia Grand Encampment of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, in which fraternity he had the distinction of
being a representative of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
World from the Grand Lodge of his home state for two
years. He was a member of the first board of directors of
the Odd Fellows Home at Elkins, this state. He is a
certified member of the American Association of Engineers,
and he and his wife are zealous members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South.

In Boone County was solemnized the marriage of Samuel
E. Bradley and Miss Nannie J. Hunter, who was born in
that county in 1864, a daughter of the late Rev. Robert
Hunter, who was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, and also a successful farmer. His death
occurred in 1907. The subject of this review is the younger
of the two children of his parents, and his sister, Miss Hattie
May, remains at the parental home.

In the rural schools of his native county and the public
schools at Madison, the county seat, S. Ernest Bradley
acquired his early education, besides which he took special
studies during several successive summer seasons. From
1903 to 1908 he attended Marshall College, and he then
studied the technical and practical details of civil engineer-
ing under the effective preceptorship of his father. In tlie
spring of 1917 he became a coal operator, in which connec-
tion he organized and became general manager of the Boone
Block Coal Company, with headquarters at Silush, Boone
County. In October of the same year he sold his interest
in this company and entered the nation’s service in con-
nection with the World war. As a sergeant of the first class
in the aviation service he was stationed at Morrison, Vir-
ginia, until February, 1918, when he was transferred to
Little Silver. New Jersey. Thence he was transferred to
Langley Field in Virginia, and later was again in service
at Morrison, that state. In July, 1918, he entered the
Officers’ Training School at Camp Lee, Virginia, and in this
school, which was transferred to Camp Humphreys, that
state, he was graduated in September, 1918, and given rank
as second lieutenant of engineers in the United States
Army. He was assigned to duty with troops at Camp
Humphreys, and in October of the same year was trans-
ferred to Camp Leach, Washington, D. C., where he received
his honorable discharge November 29, 1918.

Thereafter he was engaged in practice as a civil engineer
at Madison in his native county until March 1, 1919,
when he received appointment to the position of assistant
division engineer with the West Virginia State Roads Com-
mission, and was assigned to the Charleston office. On the
1st of the following month he was transferred to Hunting-
ton, at the opening of Roads Division No. 2, with head-
quarters in this city, where the offices of the commission are
in the Robson-Prichard Building.

Mr. Bradley is a republican, he and his wife are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and he holds
membership in the Huntington Council of the Gideons, is
secretary of the local chapter of the American Association
of Engineers, and is also a member of Huntington Post
No. 16, American Legion. His Masonic affiliations are as
here noted: Odell Lodge No. 115, A. F. and A. M., at
Madison; Tyrian Chapter No. 13, B. A. M., at Charleston;
Kanawha Commandery No. 9, Knights Templars, in the
same city; Feramoz Grotto at Huntington; and Beni-
Kedem Temple, Mystic Shrine, at Charleston.

November 29, 1919, recorded the marriage of Mr. Bradley
and Miss Ada M. Davis, daughter of Walter and Nannie
(Crump) Davis, of Huntington, where the father died in
1907 and where the widowed mother still resides. Mrs.
Bradley is a graduate of Marshall College at Huntington,
and prior to her marriage she had made a splendid record
as a successful teacher in the public schools, her service
having been in Kenova, Milton, Logan, and in the city
schools of Huntington.