Jim Bradley Memorial Fund
Our family moved around quite often, never staying in a house more than 7 years. Jim Bradley was regularly looking ahead to the next step, the next project, the next opportunity. The only problem was that once he made a decision he wanted it done, now or right now. He was even known to read books in a single sitting.
At some level, I think part of the reason we moved regularly is that my father was looking for a place that would allow him to relax and have the sense of peace he craved. The Flying X Ranch seemed to be that for him. Not only had my parents found a place with rugged and rural beauty, but a community of people with similar interests and a love for the open space and wildlife. Papa had finally found the homestead he was looking for as a legacy for his family. He made us promise we would keep the Ranch in our family so future generations could experience the joy he had found in Wyoming.
Something we discussed last summer was our concern for Padgett Cabin. The home created by settlers spoke to all of us, especially my father’s nature of making your way in the world and leaving something of value to your family. More than just fiscal responsibility, a tangible legacy, a touchstone if you will. We had planned to spend time this summer starting the process of stabilizing and restoring Padgett Cabin, so we will continue this private initiative in my father’s memory.
We hope you will consider donating to the Jim Bradley Memorial Fund with funds going to the preservation of historic landmarks on the Flying X Ranch. Our first initiative will be the William H Padgett Cabin. The description of Padgett Cabin is taken from the architectural drawings created by the Wyoming Recreation Commission Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation under direction of the National Park Service, which can be found in the Library of Congress documents: https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.wy0039.sheet.
William H Padgett had spent his early working years freighting from Rock Creek to Fort Fetterman and later owned a saloon in Rock Creek. He and his wife, Josephine, were late-middle-aged when they build this house circa 1898-9, and they lived in it for fifteen years while operating a small cattle ranch. Despite its rustic appearance, the cabin contained such Victorian amenities as carpeting and floor-length lace curtains.
The Padgett House is representative of the small homesteader’s cabin built in Wyoming in its layout and use of native materials (in this instance, fieldstones and grout, cottonwood logs, and pine lumber). It is composite of three sections- the main log building, a grout-and-stone addition used to house the ranch hands, and a frame lean-to kitchen. Alterations include the covering of the original earth roof with a wood frame and corrugated iron sheets, and the enlarging of the door on the South by a subsequent owner to accommodate livestock.
We know Papa would be so pleased that we are working together to preserve this for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.
- Paige Morabito
- Judie Bradley
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
The Jim Bradley Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.