Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 28, 2014

1908: Bloomfield leaves the bakery business

By Old Uncle Gib
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — Mr. Bloomfield is about to leave the bakery business. August 5, 1908, Chronicle reports, “R. G. Bloomfield has sold his bakery to Frank Cate and Mr. Cate will take charge the 15th instant. Mr. Bloomfield will assist Mr. Cate and instruct him in the baking for some weeks yet. Mr. Bloomfield intends to build a residence on his farm one mile south of town and move there to engage in farming. He will move as soon as he gets his house ready.”

The family, R. G. Bloomfield (54), wife Pearl (40), and daughters, Charlotte (17) and Roberta (12), are listed in the 1920 Cumberland County census.

October 21, 1921, Robert Stauter Bloomfield was born. Feb. 19, 1929, Mr. Robert Grant Bloomfield passed away in Crossville, and was buried in the Crossville City Cemetery. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star and Modern Woodman.

Pearl moved to the home of her daughter, Roberta (Mrs. Chester Frederick) Burt, in Knoxville. She took over the management of Mount Rest Home, caring for twenty elderly ladies, where she and Robert S. lived for a number of years. “Bobby” joined the Army, and Pearl moved into the Parkway Hotel which her daughter, Roberta, managed. Pearl died of a stroke on Feb. 15, 1966, and is buried in the Crossville City Cemetery. She had twice served as Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, and was active in the Methodist Church.

Pearl's obituary in the Chronicle relates that the Bloomfield family moved to Tennessee in 1904, in a covered wagon, established the first bakery in our county, and shipped bread up and down the Tennessee Central Rail Road as early as 1906. Mrs. Donald Brookhart added the comment that the first fancy cake that was ever baked in Cumberland County was made in their bakery.

On Jan. 11, 1921, Charlotte Jane Bloomfield  (July 28, 1902-July 1, 1994) married Richard Dorton Brady Sr. in Putnam County, Tennessee. Richard D. Brady Sr. (Feb. 9, 1897- June 3, 1965) served as a corporal in the infantry during World War I. He was the first superintendent of the Meadow Park Lake in Crossville. Their son, Richard Dorton “Dick” Brady Jr. (Jan. 13, 1922-Jan. 8, 2002), would follow his father in the position of superintendent of the Meadow Park Lake and hold that position for thirty years before retiring.

Charlotte Bloomfield Brady, her husband, Richard D. Brady Sr., and son, Richard D. Brady Jr., are all buried in the Crossville City Cemetery. Roberta Burt, her husband, Chester F. Burt, and their son, Joe Donald Burt, are all buried in the Crossville City Cemetery. Robert S. “Bobby” Bloomfield is buried at Bay Pines National Cemetery, Bay Pines, Florida.

This completes our trip through the life of the Bloomfield family as written in the pages of the Crossville Chronicle beginning over a hundred years ago. It is my hope that it has been of interest to someone in our community.