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Decades Old Carving at Depot Brings Comfort to Business Owner

The owner of Litchfield flower shop Petal Pushers has known adversity in recent years. Recently, Jessica Vickery moved her business on a temporary basis after the recent partial collapse in the 300 block of North State shut down her location indefinitely.  She quickly adapted to the situation, temporarily moving to the old Park Place Jewelry location in the old Litchfield Depot on Union.   The upheaval was nothing compared to the loss of her father two years ago this week, local legend Jerry Bradburn, who founded Chapp’s Tavern, manned the drums for many a band, rooted on the Cubs and helped out neighbors in times of snow with his beloved tractor.  Jessica inherited the family green thumb because Jerry Bradburn started his worklife at the family business, the old Four Seasons Greenhouse in Litchfield. When the family business sold, he made a seamless transition to the railroad world,  working for Norfolk and Western/Norfolk Southern.  He  worked on the track repair crew and retired as Foreman. During that time at the depot, he left a mark of his time there, this carving of his name, not knowing the value it would have years later.