I have a copy, approximately 30 pages, with her signature and signature of witnesses. I find interesting the changes she made in her Codicil and wonder whether the "Bradley Fund" she created was ever fully legally appropriated and if it exists today.
It appears the Probate Clerk, Charles A. Roberts made an error by writing 1908 as sworn.
But here is what the will states that I find most interesting. Under 3rd., her last will states "in no event license or permit the sale or other distribution of intoxicating drinks of any kind within said park" (Bradley Park) etc.
When Rt. 74 was constructed, Bradley Park was separated leaving a small parcel that was later became a minor league baseball field today called "Shea Stadium" while the ball park, Meinen Field moved downtown and is known as the Peoria Chiefs.
As I understand and could be wrong,, no liquor was sold at or on this parcel of land until Pete Vonachen became involved. Some may recall that Pete served on the Peoria Park District Board, who was steward of this parcel, and was succeeded on the PPD Board by his son, Rocky.
I was appointed in 1992 to the PPD Recreation Advisory Committee by Tim Cassidy, President on thee PPD Board of Trustees. I resigned in October of 1995 due to my purchase of a home in Sun Lakes, AZ. During the time of Rocky Vonachen's term on the board, 7 out of 13 meeting of the Recreational Committee due to "nothing to talk about".
Now liquor is distributed an sold at most Peoria Park District Facilities.
Just a reminder. "Meinen Field" was traded back to Bradley University for 40 acres of farm land at the corner of Fox Rd. and Rt.93 Or 92?? Bradley paid $13,000.00 an acre, way above the going price at that time. In 1992, when I ran for Park Board President against Cassidy, the Peoria Park District through Cassidy and Noble, was committed to build a huge sports complex as widely touted by the JS.
The land is still farm;land. (All in all, Bradley bought over a million dollars of farmland in that area. To my knowledge, it is still farmland). The JS, in their hatred for me, never broached the subject again as to what then was traded for Meinen???
The JSEB is concluding seminars on hw to identify "fake news".
Oh, dear God!!!!!!!!!