HARRY A. BRADFORD
One of Hayward's best known and most popular citizens is Harry A. Bradford, who is now serving his second consecutive
term as postmaster, in which capacity he is rendering to his community a high type of service. He was born in this
city on the 3rd of October, 1886, and is a son of Alonzo and Mary (Glasscock) Bradford. He attended the public
schools, graduating from high school in 1905, and in 1907 he was appointed to a clerkship in the post office, where
he remained for many years. During this period he received deserved promotions until he reached the position of
assistant postmaster, which he was holding at the outbreak of the Mexican border troubles.
In 1909 Mr, Bradford had enlisted in Company H, Fifth Regiment California National Guard, and in September, 1912,
was commissioned a first lieutenant, which rank he held until December, 1914, when he was promoted to a captaincy.
He was sent to the Mexican border and took part in the punitive expedition into that country. In April, 1917, the
United States having become involved in the World war, he resigned his commission and enlisted as a private in
the signal corps of the United States army, He was sent to the army aviation school at Kelly field, San Antonio,
Texas, where he received a commission as second lieutenant in the signal corps aviation section in 1918. In September
of that year he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the air service, which rank he held until receiving his
honorable discharge in 1919.
Mr. Bradford then returned to Hayward and resumed his duties as assistant postmaster but resigned three weeks later.
In 1922 President Harding appointed him postmaster, and in 1926 he was recommissioned by President Coolidge and
is the present incumbent of that position, He is painstaking in his attention to the proper functioning of the
office, and his official record has gained for him the appreciation and respect of his fellow citizens.
On October 6, 1915, Mr, Bradford was united in marriage to Miss Wiihelmenia Duchran, who is a native of San Francisco
and a daughter of Emil and Emelie Duchran. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Native Sons
of the Golden West, the Woodmen of the World, the Rotary Club, and the American Legion, of which he is the present
commander. His record for patriotism and good citizenship, as well as his career as an able and efficient official,
have gained for him a high place in public esteem, and he has a host of warm friends throughout this section of
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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