For my brother Gary and me, our family’s Memorial Day retreat included a tour of Centerville and a trip to Bradley Hall. The old mansion, now filled with collectibles and candles and country memorabilia, was the cornerstone of Centerville Community College during the ’60s and ’70s. Both Gary and I attended classes there, six years apart, working/earning our way to and through our Associates degrees and infinitely grateful for the affordable opportunity.
He later would be invited to deliver comments for a commencement ceremony. I would not. The latter might have had something to do with (a) the fact that I was not the early business success he was or (b) the fact that I scandalized the august setting by marrying the American Literature instructor/track coach they imported from Texas in 1969. Yes, the one with the hippie hair, bell bottoms and Jesus sandals. Who knows? 😉
But this trip to Bradley Hall gave me some info I didn’t know before. That it was featured in the 1921 issue of Country Homes magazine. That it supposedly was visited by Al Capone and his top machine-gunner Fred Burke during the ’30s when they were in the market for more bootleggers.