The following personal recollections about Irene Bradley were written by Bertha Blount McFarland and may be found in the book McFarland of Siam by Bertha Blount McFarland, New York: Vantage Press, 1958, p.289-292.
Irene Bradley, youngest of Dr. Dan Beach Bradley's ten children and the third born at Bradley House, knew George [Bradley McFarland] but they were never really congenial. She was five years older than he and felt her superiority, as children will. Irene was conscientious and felt it her duty to point out to George flaws in his behavior. She never failed to do her duty as she saw it and frequently spoke with a frankness and bluntness that fell far short of diplomacy. George's reaction was normal for a lad of quick temper. None of this made for mutual attraction, but Irene was a Bradley and George had a deep loyalty to her family whose name he bore. Spats never resulted in open estrangement and as years passed, Irene and George were the only ones of either family left in Bangkok.
For nineteen years after her father's death, Irene and her mother lived on together at Bradley House, much of the time alone. They ran the commercial press until competition forced them to close it, but long enough to put those of the family still in college through their courses. There was never money enough to send Irene also to America, but even if there had been she would not have gone, leaving her aged mother alone. In 1893 Mrs. Bradley died and Irene was left alone at Bradley House. Brothers and sisters wrote urging her to leave Bangkok to live with them but she wisely refused for she never could have fit into any life other than that of Bradley House where she lived alone with her dogs, upstairs dogs and downstairs dogs, which never met. Her dogs barked in unison and antiphonally; twenty dogs offer considerable choral range. Irene loved her dogs and they gave a lonely old woman companionship and protection.