William Clifton Bradley was with the first group of settlers to arrive in Preston. There were five wagons and teams in the outfit. Bill, as he was known by all, and his brother, Zephaniah, who were grown men at the time, came to Preston before their father, Zephaniah Richmond, and the rest of the family. Bill was the second son of Zephaniah Richmond and Martha Jane Draper Bradley. He worked with his father and brothers when they were first getting started in Preston.

On March 7, 1901 he married Emma Jane Terry of Lund, Nevada in the St. George Temple. Emma had pioneered to Lund with her family a few years earlier. Bill and Emma made the trip to the temple and back by team and wagon, and were accompanied by her mother and father.

They made their home in Preston for some time. The first addition to their family was a pair of twin boys. Both died soon after birth. Emma worked in the Preston Ward Relief Society as secretary and treasurer from October 1, 1901 to December 1905. They then moved from Preston.

To maintain a livelihood it was necessary for Bill and Emma to move from place to place and operate various kinds of businesses. They owned and operated a wood yard in Ely, later they rana livery stable in McGill, then they went to Bothwick where ranching in general was the chief occupation. They moved back to Ely for a season, then to Beatty, and on to Las Vegas in 1930. In the course of moving from place to place, the business was that of freighting materials, moving houses and working on Boulder Dam. This made employment for all, as the family hadgrown, and they were kept together.

Emma and Bill had 16 children. Several of their babies are buried in Preston. Bill preceded Emma in death on November 9, 1935. He was born in Moroni, Utah, February 11, 1879. She passed away in Las Vegas, March 7, 1966, on her 65th wedding anniversary. She was born October 14, 1883 at St. George, Utah.

Their children who grew to maturity are: Howard, Nathine, Ralph, Lucille (Bush), Charles E., Bill Jr., Almira (Stevens), Esther (Owens), Martha (Coley) and Vernon D. (Howard, Nathine, Ralph and Bill Jr. have passed away.)

Bill and Emma are back to Preston resting peacefully in the Bradley plot in the Preston Cemetery.

Written by:
Mary Sinfield

Submitted by:
Eomia Prina