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Bradford County

Year Founded: 1905


The city was established in 1877 by a colony of 20 people from Chicago, Illinois. The leader of the group was a Colonel V.J. Shipman, who had a son-in-law, William Lawtey, after whom the city was named. A Captain Burrin donated 200 acres for a town, with the stipulation that the proceeds of the sale of lots should be used for church and school purposes.

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