Once upon a time, in or about April of 1843, history was on the move. That year, what is now Bradonvical Beverage, Vical Vending , and Dixietoyz was born..........
It all started in a thatch-roofed goat herders mud-brick home. It was not much bigger than a modern-day Porta-potty. Hubert Vical, one of 17 children of a desperately poor Latvian family, found a flyer advertising for a cabin boy on a ship to America. Hubert, the fourth son and seventh from the oldest had heard of the wonderous place known as America. There was little future for a child so far down in succession. The family had a fine herd of sixty goats but they would go to the eldest son. Even if there were a chance to get his own mating pair, the evil Baron Roberto Wallerania would get the pick of each litter. Hubert gathered his clothes and simple belongings and left without a word. His family would wonder and worry, there were rumours the Baron was a cannibal. He made his way to the sea, found the ship in port and with some deft conversation secured his position amoung the crew.
After 17 months at sea and several ports of call in America, Hubert, now 14 decided he favored New Orleans, Louisiana. There were small portions of land available in the north of the territory. He secured a small land grant in an area of Baron de Bastrop's Estate. This was in an area of the state now known as Mangham, Louisiana. Hubert married an Indian princess of the Natchez tribe. The two had a family and founded a thriving hay farm.
Likewise, Thomas Bradon, son of a Maine shipbuilder decided to leave the family business and try his hand out west. The tough, brawling, beer drinking, giant of a man decided on the Wisner area where he settled down and married one of the local girls, Cecillia LaBorde. In, 1846 Thomas and Cecillia started the Wisner Fertilizer firm.
Both the Vical family and the Bradon family enjoyed prosperity in a relatively quick time. As fate would have it, they'd meet each other in 1849 when they stopped to watch a newscast in a local storefront.........
Chapter 2 - The mess of success
Bradon Fertilizer was a provider of fertilizer for the county. Soon their trucks were delivering product to the Vical family farm. The two local leaders soon became fast friends. One night in Mangham while watching Monday Night Checkers at a local tavern, the two happened on an earth shaking idea.
In 1853, the horse was the primary mode of transportation. While ecologically efficient, they produced smelly by products. These had a tendency to pile up in the streets of small towns like Mangham. The community leaders along with Slim Lindsly , the local blacksmith invented a contraption to help clean up the town. The simple manually powered device had a trap door where waste products could be shoveled in. Once 40 pounds or so of waste products were shoveled in, a system of pullies and gears moved a conveyor belt which delivered a premeasured serving of water and hay through a trap door to the outside of the Blacksmith shop.. Bradon and Vical had invented the first vending machine.
Pleased with their successful first contraption- the two kept tinkering. The two dabbled in everything and by 1860 had a large group of various products and inventions. At the start of the War of Northern Aggression, the two even developed color photography. Friends and their banker convinced the two to load up their inventions and take them to the Capitol for patents. The two crated their inventions and trucked them to New Orleans. Upon leaving the port of New Orleans, one of Admiral Farraguts secret Yankee class submarines spotted the freighter and hit her with one of her torpedoes. The freighter was not sunk immediately, but was hit in the rudder. Caught in strong Gulf currents, the ship was swept toward what is now Roatan Islands, Honduras. Swept into a hurricane near the islands, the ship and all were lost.
Chapter 3 - Discoveries rediscovered
In 1999, on a diving expedition off the coast of Roatan, fate would swing her pendulum again. Donna, Victoria, and Alexandra Thomason, descendants of the Bradon and Vical families, discovered the ship and her precious cargo. Among the Bradon-Vical items found were the remannents fo the worlds first vending machine, brilliant color civil war photographs, microwave oven and Charlie Thomason discovered the first soda pop.
The Thomason family formed Bradonvical, Inc. and the items could soon be found through out society. Today, Bradonvical Beverage offers Fitz's , Hank's, Cawy, and Adirondack beverages . Vical Vending offers vending machines for snacks and sodas. Dixietoyz offers capsulized toy and ball machines.
Keeping their nose to the cutting edge of technology - Bradonvical's research division, headed by Charles Rand, III of RSH Engineering in Monroe, LA is pioneering the development of Nuclear Powered trucks, self chilling soft drinks, and air delivery of crates and cases. Technology that will convert Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper into useful building materials such as construction adhesives and roadway materials such as asphalt is also under developement.
Today, all these facades of Bradonvical, Inc. are housed on land that is part of the original Hubert Vical hay farm in Richland Parish, Louisiana. Our 1,000,000 plus square foot, enviromently friendly facility is pictured here. The research division did a spectacular job, as you can see from the photo, the facility cannot even be seen. One day, we'll find it ourselves and be able to put it to full use.................