Franklin County, Indiana
Tri Kappa William D. Bradt Education Endowment
William D. Bradt lived in Brookville in the early part of the twentieth century. Little of his life is known today except that he was a generous man who went about making Brookville a better place.
In 1925, Mr. Bradt honored his late wife by creating an education loan fund for girls to secure higher education in a time when it was either difficult or impossible to receive such training. Tri Kappa Sorority was given the authority of exclusive direction and management of the fund.
Changes in banking have made the loan fund difficult to administer, so Tri Kappa is using that money to establish the Tri Kappa William D. Bradt Fund. In keeping with Tri Kappa’s purpose of promoting charity, culture, and education, the fund will be a field of interest for education.
An old scrapbook was found that has provided some information about Mr Bradt. He was awarded the “Star of Civic Service”, the highest honor bestowed on Franklin County residents at the time. The following are newspaper excerpts from that presentation: Many organizations and individuals have been the recipients of Mr. Bradt’s beneficence, but owing to the modesty inherent in his nature and his reluctance to seek the limelight, it is difficult if not impossible to give a complete record of the service he has rendered to this community. Some of the public services he has performed which has made this community a better place to live are given below:
During World War I, he headed the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., and Salvation Army. He organized and sponsored the first Boy Scout troop in Brookville and made generous contributions to the County Children’s Home and Infirmary. He presented a chemical motor outfit to the town fire department and purchased and installed a fire siren that operated from telephone exchanges. He sponsored and personally financed landscaping for the courthouse park.
Always a friend of children and young people, he gave substantial gifts to the school board, Kiwanis, Daughters of Isabella and the Masonic to be used for scholarships. He gave largely of time and means in planning the city park along the east branch of the Whitewater River. He provided bronze tablets for the Civil War Monument in Brookville. Even after moving to California, he personally made sure that flowers were placed on the graves of Civil War veterans.
He has always taken an active interest in crippled and underprivileged children. Scores of these have received his personal and direct assistance. Tri Kappa and the FCCF are grateful for Mr. Bradt’s generosity then and now. The intent is to continue his philanthropic efforts for years to come.
527 Main Street . Brookville, Indiana 47012
Phone: (765) 647.6810 . Fax: (765) 647.0238 . Cell: (765) 265.1427