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on the age of forty nine, Ohio-born J. Herman Hardebeck had earned a gilt-edged popularity as a true property developer in Kankakee. within the spring of 1891, to the north of Kankakee and south of Bourbonnais, lay a flat, mile-wide prairie. The land stretched eastward from a grove of Kankakee river bushes, prior the Illinois important Railroad into the watershed of Soldier Creek. In may possibly, Hardebeck signed agreements with Alvah Perry and Hiram Goodwin for the acquisition of 340 acres of this estate. He had taken suggestions on extra tracts. right here Hardebeck might determine an business neighborhood first named North Kankakee and later renamed Bradley in honor of farm enforce producer David Bradley.

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