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DOWNEY – Downey resident Francis R. Bradshaw turned 105 last Saturday and is still loving life.
Born in Wisconsin on May 25, 1908, Bradshaw was born before many historic 20th century events, including the sinking of the Titanic, World War I, the Great Depression and even the invention of Oreo cookies.
In fact, 1908 is the same year Ford introduced the Model T automobile.
Bradshaw has been a resident of Downey for nearly 70 years. He and his late wife, Irene, owned Downey Body works for many years until they retired in the 1970s, selling the business to Paramount Chevrolet.
After they retired, the couple traveled in their motor home throughout the United States, visiting national parks and monuments. They also toured Europe and visited the Vatican, where they heard the Pope speak.
Bradshaw, whose father was a Union soldier in the Civil War, is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the Delvers Gem & Mineral Society.
He is a grandfather to Jean, Yvonne, Daniel and Gil.
Published: May 30, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 07