Bio: Bradford, Billy (1912)


Contact: Ann Stevens


Surnames: Bradford 

----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  Dec 12, 1912 

Bradford, Billy (10 Dec 1912) 

Tuesday morning Sheriff Billy Bradford went to Columbia on business and while waiting the arrival of the train he made the acquaintance of two German ladies from Columbia who had very scant knowledge of English, if any at all.  Billy can understand German if it is spoken at the rate of about two words a minute, but unfortunately his lady friends were not aware of his deficiency.  They went to him with 47 different varieties of German and every time Billy heard a word that sounded familiar to him he nodded his head.  At that he did not nod his head very often, but to watch the conversation it seemed that Bill understood every word, sign and syllable of the two ladies’ talk, and when he got onto the train he acted dazed.  However he got the credit of putting up a strong bluff, and clearly demonstrated that one way to talk German is to nod your head. 



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