1816 – Lydia Moss is born on July 31 in Vevay, Indiana. Her father was a captain in the American Revolutionary War.
1837 – Lydia marries Tobias Bradley on May 11 in Vevay.
1839 – Lydia and Tobias’ first child, Rebecca, is born in January. The couple will have five more children in the next 16 years.
1845 – Lydia and Tobias’s daughter, Rebecca, passes away. Over the next 19 years, all six Bradley children die, with Laura living the longest to age 14.
1847 – Lydia, Tobias and Clarissa move to Peoria in the springtime and purchase a tract of land.
1867 – Lydia’s husband Tobias dies after a carriage accident.
1869 – Lydia marries Edward Clark Dec. 29. She filed the nation’s first prenuptial agreement.
1873 – Lydia and Clark divorce.
1875 – Lydia becomes the first woman member of a national bank board, and she later serves as director of the board for 25 years.
1897 – The Bradley Polytechnic Institute is founded with a focus on horology, or watchmaking.
1893 – Lydia deeds 100 acres of land to the City of Peoria, creating Laura Bradley Park.
1903 – Lydia wins a U.S. Supreme Court case over a land dispute.
1907 – Lydia passes away Jan. 16 in her home.
1998 – Lydia is inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.