|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1882|
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1969|
St. Joseph County
Chester H. Bragg was the oldest child of Elmer Porter and Hattie Bell (Cook) Bragg. According to the book "A History of Lake Mills" (Wisconsin) by Mary M. Wilson, 1983:
"Elmer Porter Bragg and his wife Hattie Cook Bragg lived on the knoll where the L. D. Fargo Library stands...Elmer's children, Alice and Chester, were born in that house....Chester presented to the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historical Society a framed display or exhibit of 100 finest flint arrow heads that he had collected over a period of a number of years, 'all from the great Mississippi Valley states of which Wisconsin is a most important part. This was to be a tribute given by a Lake Mills native son to his Jefferson county ancestors of 100 years ago, the thrifty Homer Cook clan and the Wm. Dela Bragg rugged two-fisted blacksmith-preacher clan who came from the little town of Vergenne, Vermont, in the Green Mountains of that New England area.'
"Chester Bragg attended the University of Wisconsin where he studied Mechanical Engineering. During the years he became a government Secret Service employee and banker and when he was president of a civic organization he was determined to make Chicago a better place."
Obituary from South Bend Tribune on June 14, 1969:
"C. H. BRAGG SERVICE HELD: Testimony Has Role in Conviction of Al Capone
"Funeral services for Chester H. Bragg, 86, of 1010 Hudson Ave., who died Thursday, were conducted at 10 a.m. today in the Welsheimer Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Ellinwood, pastor of St.Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was to be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Berwyn, Ill.
"Mr. Bragg was instrumental in court proceedings which sent gangster Al Capone to prison. Bragg's testimony Oct. 6, 1931, in Chicago Federal Court was that in a conversation in 1925, during a vigilante raid on gangsters' gambling headquarters, Capone toldhim he was the owner of the establishment.
"Mr. Bragg had been a part of a citizen group of deputized vigilantes who hauled away three loads of gambling records.
"In South Bend, Mr. Bragg had been a Realtor from 1936 until his retirement in 1954. He was a member of St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, its choir, the South Bend Board of Realtors, and the Toastmasters Club."
Chester's family moved from Lake Mills, WI, to Emmettsburg, IA, when he was young. He graduated from high school there. Chester's sister Alice Cordelia Bragg had a good friend named Elizabeth "Adele" Bowden. Chester and Adele became sweethearts and later had a double wedding with Alice and her fiance Guy Campbell. Then Chester and Adele moved to Berwyn, IL. They had two boys: Robert, who died at age 9, and John, who died at age 1, and are both buried with their parents, and three girls: Alice Adele (Bragg) Loy (who is buried in Riverview Cemetery in South Bend, IN), Elizabeth Lorraine (Bragg) Barley, and Margaret Louise (Bragg) Markham. Chester was involved in many church and community activities. The family moved to South Bend, Indiana, in 1936. In addition to collecting Indian artifacts, Chester was a member of Toastmasters, played the piano for community sings, gave presentations on the importance of recreational hobbies, and was an involved and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle. When he became ill in the mid-1950's, the members of the "Y" TOASTMASTER'S CLUB (of South Bend, IN) decided to continue his membership as an Honorary Member. Joe Canfield, their President at the time wrote to Chester, stating: "While we are all Toastmaster's, given to expression, this letter cannot really convey the respect and admiration we feel for you. Your talent with words and music, your enthusiasm, your friendly, forthright manner and your spirited participation are well remembered as an inspiration."
Elmer Porter Bragg (1853 - 1942)
Hattie Bell Cook Bragg (1862 - 1944)
Elizabeth Adele Bowden Bragg (1886 - 1970)*
Alice Adele Bragg Loy (1913 - 2007)*
Elizabeth Lorriane Bragg Barley (1920 - 2016)*
Chester Homer Bragg (1882 - 1969)
Alice Cordelia Bragg Campbell (1886 - 1954)*
Carroll Lyndon(Lyman) Bragg (1887 - 1964)*
Mary Elizbeth Bragg Wilson (1894 - 1959)*
Edna Bell Bragg McGinley (1899 - 1983)*
Mount Auburn Memorial Park
Created by: Sandra Clauser Clark
Record added: Apr 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25843280
Added: Feb. 25, 2012
(Great) Grandpa Bragg was a big part of my childhood. He and my great grandma E. Adele (Bowden) Bragg lived next door to their daughter (my maternal Grandmother Alice Bragg Loy) and her husband Amon L. Loy and their kids. I saw all of them many times pe...(Read more)|
Sandra Clauser Clark
Added: Apr. 12, 2008