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Harry Merritt Bradley, M. D.

Physician & Surgeon




     The name of Bradley has been connected in Delaware county for many years with the medical profession, as the father of the subject of this review, Dr. Charles C. Bradley, was one of the early physicians of this locality and was held in the highest honor and esteem by all.  Dr. Harry M. Bradley is upholding the family tradition of able and unselfish public service and is identified with many movements that mean the expansion of the city and county in addition to his work as a highly successful physician and surgeon.

  Dr. Harry Merritt Bradley  

Dr. Harry M. Bradley


        He was born in Manchester, Iowa, on the 28th of January, 1869, a son of Dr. Charles C. and Cornelia L. (Merritt) Bradley. The former was born in Rockville, Alleghany county, New York, on the 5th of May, 1841, and was one of eleven children, five of whom served in the Civil war. One of his brothers is Lemuel K. Bradley, of Manchester, Iowa. In 1867 Dr. Charles C. Bradley located in Manchester and established himself in the practice of medicine, so continuing until his retirement a short time before his death, which occurred December 8, 1906. His marriage to Miss Merritt occurred on the 4th of September, 1867. She was a daughter of Sydney and Nancy Merritt of Cuba, New York, and a descendant of Captain James Whipple, who was with Captain Ethan Allen at the taking of Fort Ticonderoga in the war of the Revolution. Mrs. Bradley died June 15, 1889. A sketch of Dr. Charles C. Bradley appears upon another page of this work.

       Dr. Bradley attended the common schools of Manchester and subsequently the high school of this city, from which he was graduated with the class of 1886. He continued his education in the Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa, and at Cornell University at Ithaca, New York, from which he was graduated in 1891. Following that he went to New York City and after completing the course graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which is the medical department of Columbia University, in 1894. For six months he then served as ship surgeon on a vessel plying between New York, Cuba and Mexico. He was next interne in the Willard Parker Hospital in New York City and in the Riverside Hospital, likewise in the eastern metropolis, and his ability won him promotion to the position of assistant resident physician at Riverside Hospital, where he remained in that capacity for four and a half years. He was later for a year and a half connected with the city health department as diagnostician.

       Dr. Bradley then returned to Manchester and formed a partnership with his father in the fall of 1901, which association was continued until 1906, when the former retired from active practice. Our subject has since continued alone and is justly accounted one of the leaders in the medical profession in this section of Iowa. His scholastic preparation for his life work was unusually thorough, he has had a wide and varied experience as a physician and surgeon and he is yet a constant and thorough student of medical science and practice, seeking always knowledge that will enable him to more successfully fight the forces of disease. In making a diagnosis he considers the totality of symptoms and the medical history of the patient and the same care is exercised throughout his treatment of a case.  He holds the full confidence of his many patients and the respect of his brother practitioners, who often call him into consultation. He is district surgeon for the Illinois Central Railway and local surgeon for the Milwaukee Railroad, is on the staff of the Parkview Hospital at Manchester and a member of the board of United States pension examiners. He was first president of the Parkview Hospital and did much to establish that institution upon an efficient basis. He holds membership in a number of medical societies, including  the Delaware County Medical Society, of which he has served as secretary, the Iowa State Medical Society, the Austin Flint-Cedar Valley Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He also belongs to the American Railway Surgical Association and the Joint Association of the Surgeons of the Illinois Central Railway and the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railway. He is also surgeon for the Manchester & Oneida Railway.

       Dr. Bradley is intensely interested in the good roads movement and was the first president of the Delaware Auto Club, which has been instrumental in improving the highways of this locality. He is now president of the Manchester Auto Club and also of the Hawkeye Highway, which is the name given to the auto road from Dubuque to Sioux City. He is also a director of the Delaware County Telephone Company.

      Dr. Bradley was married in New York City on the 3d of October, 1901, to Miss Queen Sawyer. Her parents were Victor and Agnes (Allen) Sawyer, the former of whom lives in Philadelphia, while the latter is deceased. Mrs. Bradley was born on the 29th of April, 1882, in Waterbury, Connecticut, and by her marriage became the mother of two daughters, Agnes B. and Loraine. She passed away October 5, 1909, and on the 14th of January, 1914, Dr. Bradley wedded Miss Katherine L. Kramer, who was born in Elkader, Iowa, only daughter of Anton Kramer, for many years a leading business man of that place but who is now living retired.

      Dr. Bradley is a republican in his political belief but has never had time to take a very active part in politics. Fraternally he belongs to the Masons and the Knights of Pythias, and he is eligible to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. His residence is at the corner of Tama and Howard streets and his office at Franklin and Butler streets.  



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 404-408.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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