William R. and Hilda P. Brady, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of William R. and Hilda P. Brady


Submitted by Edward A. Brady

This account is written by Edward Brady, the only son still residing in Porter County.

Hilda and William Brady (both deceased) moved with their family to this area from Chicago in 1925 and settled on a farm, then known as the "Overmeyer Farm" located on what is now R.R. #6, Valparaiso.

There were five children in the family at that time: Lucille, Harold, Dorothy, Edward and Muriel.

Lucille Brady married Clarence Lemster, and they now reside in Wheeler, Indiana. They have one son, Clarence, Jr. Clarence married Marjorie Sparkman of Hazard, Kentucky, and they now reside on R.R. #2, Hobart, Indiana with their three children -- Jeffrey, Matthew and Deronda.

Dorothy Brady married Howard Schwinkendorf, and they live on R.R. # 1, Valparaiso. Their two daughters are Judith and Candace. Candace is married to Robert Crone and they live in Chesterton, Indiana with their son, Ean. Judith, who is married to James Broadhurst, resides in Valparaiso with their two children, Jamie and Jennifer.

Muriel Brady married Robert McBain; they now reside in Battle Creek, Michigan. They have three children -- Wayne, Kathleen and Michael. Wayne married Mary Ann of Pennsylvania and is a career man in the Navy; they have two sons. Kathleen married Robert Patrick. They have one son, Robert, and they now reside in Bloomington, Illinois. Michael is unmarried and is a resident of Valparaiso.

Harold Brady married Sue Olsen of Chicago. Of their five children -- Milan, Patricia, Arlene, Bonnie and Tom -- only Patricia and Arlene have ever lived in Porter County. Patricia is married to Glen Ariel and now resides in Chicago with their three children. Arlene Brady married Don Meyer from Wheeler, and they now reside on R.R. #3, Valparaiso. They have two daughters living at home, Lynette and Sandra. Harold and Sue are now residing in Florida.

Leonard Brady, who was born in Porter County while the family lived on the "Overmeyer Farm", married Dolores Hershey of Chicago. They are now residing in Riverside, California with their three children, Michael, Linda and William.

Finally, Edward Brady (the writer), married Helen Gardner of Hartford, Michigan, and still resides in Valparaiso. They have three daughters -- Nancy, Donna and Jacqueline. Nancy Brady married Samuel Lahti of New York, and they reside in Valparaiso with their four daughters -- Delinda, Robyn, Deborah and Lori. Donna Brady married Gene Moore of Florida. They are now residing in Kissimee, Florida, and have three children -- Gene, Jr., Caroline and William. Jacqueline is married to Jimmie Bettis of Arkansas. They now reside on R.R. #1, Hebron, Indiana with their two children -- Shannon and Jason.

After moving to Porter County in 1925, Harold, Dorothy and Edward attended the Hayes School -- a little one room school located at the intersection of what is now Route #2 and C.R. 150W. The building still stands, but is now converted to a private home. During the years 1926 and 1927, we were taught by Mrs. Virgil Johnson, who at that time resided in Valparaiso.

Enclosed find a class picture that was taken in 1927 on the front steps of that school. Most of the children in the picture still live here in Porter County.

Harold Brady graduated from this school in 1927. The graduation exercises were held collectively with the Leonard School, and possibly some others on the stage of the Opera House here in Valparaiso.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 83-84

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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