Biography of Edward G. Bradbury
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Edward G. Bradbury, who is serving as County Sanitary Engineer of Franklin County, is recognized as one of the most prominent citizens of Columbus. He was born at Brooklyn, N. Y., June 14, 1870, the son of Edward E. and Sarah Jane (Sykes) Bradbury.

One of the early ancestors of Edward G. Bradbury is Thomas Bradbury, who came from England to the United States in 1634 as agent of Sir Ferdinand Georges, and he was a prominent colonist for many years.

Edward E. Bradbury was born at Westminster, Massachusetts, in 1832, and his wife was a native of Millers Falls, Massachusetts, born in 1831. He was a graduate of Amherst College in 1856 and during his career was a teacher at Greenfield, Somerville, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, reading law and being admitted to the New York bar. He later engaged in mercantile business in Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. He died at Riverside, California, in 1904, and his wife died at Columbus in 1916. Their children were: Harriet B., lives at Columbus; Alice E., married Frank D. Lewis, lives at Corona-del-Mar, California; and Edward G., the subject of this sketch.

Edward G. Bradbury obtained his education in the public schools of Providence, R. I. His professional career as a civil engineer follows: assistant, city engineer's office, Providence, 1888-91; assistant, United States Army Engineer's office, Newport, Rhode Island, 1891-92; assistant engineer, city of Brockton, Massachusetts, 1892-97; with Snow & Barbour, Boston, Massachusetts, 1897-99; western representative for the same firm of consulting engineers, 1899-1905; consulting engineer, Columbus, 1905-1922; and county sanitary engineer, Columbus, 1917 to date. In 1917 the county commissioners of Franklin County created the office of sanitary engineer and Mr. Bradbury was made head of the new department. He has designed or supervised numerous sewer and water systems, including the water supply system of Akron, Ohio, sewer or water systems for Springfield, Newark, Mansfield, Galion, Norwalk, and many others. Mr. Bradbury is the author of numerous monographs on engineering subjects and his writings have been quoted and studied in many engineering departments throughout the country. In his capacity as sanitary engineer of Franklin County he has designed and supervised the construction of a large mileage of sewers and water mains throughout Franklin County.

On February 14, 1894, Mr. Bradbury was united in marriage with Miss Cora B. Gay, of Rockland, Maine, the daughter of Alford and Frances I. (Swett) Gay, natives of Maine. Mr. Gay died in 1885 and his wife died in 1907. To Mr. and Mrs. Bradbury were born three children: Frances E., married Albert Edward Dillehay, lives at Newcomerstown, Ohio, has one daughter, Eileen Marie; Alford Gay, sales engineer with the International Derrick & Equipment Company, of Columbus, is a World War veteran, married Margaret Cramer, of Mansfield, Ohio, and has two children, Margaret Louise and David Alden; and Irving L., in the employ of the H. C. Godman Company, Columbus.

In politics Mr. Bradbury is an independent Republican. He is chairman of the planning commission of Grandview Heights Village. His wife holds membership in the Second Church of Christ, Scientist. Mr. Bradbury is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and past president of the Central Ohio Section, A. S. C. E.; past president of the Engineers Club of Columbus and the Ohio Engineering Society; a member of the American Water Works Association, the New England Water Works Association, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; and president of the Ohio Conference of County Sanitary Engineers.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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