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H. W. Bradley

Mr. H. W. Bradley died at his home in Alameda last Monday evening. The decease of this well known and highly esteemed gentleman will be regretted by a very large section of the community. Mr. Bradley was a pioneer photographer of San Francisco, and opened a gallery here in February 1850. The business from its incipiency was profitable, for Mr. Bradley had made a close study of the photographic art in New Orleans, where his early youth was spent. His success in this city was continued and uninterrupted. In 1860 Mr. Rulofson was taken into partnership, and the firm of Bradley & Rulofson was recognized as the leading photographic establishment on the Coast. Their work became so excellent that it was awarded the first prize at the Centennial World’s Fair at Philadelphia in 1876. In 1878 Mr. Bradley retired from business, and became a resident of Alameda. He was nearly 78 years of age at the time of his death, and had been a confirmed invalid for over three years. This long illness he bore with the most exemplary patience, and continued all through his suffering the same amiable, courteous gentleman. Mr. Bradley was a native of Wilmington, N.C. He leaves a widow, three sons and a daughter to mourn his loss. Few men in this community were more esteemed than H. W. Bradley, whose disposition was of such charitable and kindly nature that he was never known to speak an unkind word of any one, never mind what the provocation may have been, and whose life was such that none could say in justice an unkind word about this genial, highly cultivated gentleman. He was honest, true and just, every ready to assist those who needed assistance, loyal to his friends, and in every respect a fine and pleasing type of the pioneer Californian.

San Francisco News Letter and California Advertiser
May 2, 1891