Beloved Pioneer of Crook County
Jennie Bradford was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 21, 1847. Her great grandfather Bradford was the first governor of Massachusetts when it was still a British colony. Her grandfather, William Bradford, fought in the Revolutionary War against the British. Jennie grew up and attended a Baptist ladies seminary in Lexington, Missouri.
In 1873, she married W.J. Holman. They had four children. It is not certain what happened to Mr. Holman as Jennie left Missouri in 1886 and came to Prineville with her children. She was very active in local social affairs and was a well-known resident of the community.
While living in Prineville, Jennie became familiar with William Pickett. Mr. Pickett was a builder in Prineville, constructing several buildings in the community. They were married on May 14, 1889, in Prineville. Jennie was 42 years-old. They continued to live in Prineville. Not much is known about Mr. Pickett. He passed away in 1910 but no record of his burial could be found.
Jennie participated in church activities and was well known for her Good Samaritan activities. Her niece, Vivian Hinkle, lived with her for several years. Her son, Emmet Holman, lived in Prineville near his mother. Jennie passed away at home from apoplexy on Jan. 25, 1923. Her obituary claimed she was one of the most beloved pioneers of Crook County. She is buried in Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.