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Joseph Orville "Chick" Braley
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1908
Grant County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 1976
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA


MAOISON Mr. Joseph 0. Braley, age 68: of 505 North Fair Oaks Ave., died suddenly on Saturday. Oct. 9. 1976, at his home. He was born March 22, 1903 in Platteville, Wl, and had been a state employee for 72 years, retiring in 1972, Mr. Braley was a member at the Musicians Union and the Wisconsin State Employees Union.

Survivors include a son. David, 5315 Schluter Rd.. Monona; a daughter, Mrs. Robert . (Beverly) Berry, 4537 Turquoise Lane, Madison; six grandchildren; three sisters; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife. Mildred in 1973; and two brothers.


The Capital Times, Wednesday, October 13, 1976


Dad's real name was Joseph Orville Braley, known by most people as Chick. He did love to play the saxophone, and was in his glory when there was someone to play another instrument, and if there was a group, he really got into it. He played the jam sessions up into approximately 1972. I know he has played with many bands, but I do not know the names of them, as his big band days ended prior to my birth.

Dad played with Tom Tierney, Red Gerth, Art Lund, and got to know many famous people like Gene Autry, and many of the acts that came to Madison and played at the Orpheum and Capitol theaters when they had live acts on stage, in the 20's and 30's.

The Frank that is on the records is Frank Barnes, who played piano all over. He played in many night clubs and came to Madison from South Dakota. He was killed in an auto crash between Madison and Stoughton. He was friends with Dad for a number of years before his death.

Howie Nelson was affiliated with the Madison Police Department and would join in the jam sessions with Frank and Dad at home or in some of the local bars where they would play sometimes at the request of the bar owners, or even sometimes when the patrons would egg them into getting the instruments out and play a song, or many songs if they really got into it.

Family links: 
  John D. Braley (1870 - 1953)
  Mary Augustine Belonger Braley (1869 - 1947)
  Mildred Aberle Braley (1912 - 1973)
  Florence Margaret Ruhland Hogan (1911 - 1993)
  David Lee Braley (1932 - ____)*
  Beverly J Braley Berry (1938 - ____)*
  Mary A Braley Wunderl (1900 - 1987)*
  Joseph Orville Braley (1908 - 1976)
  Ella G Braley Powers (1912 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Roselawn Memorial Park
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: northernpeach
Record added: Feb 13, 2012
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Joseph Orville Chick Braley
Added by: northernpeach
Joseph Orville Chick Braley
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Joseph Orville Chick Braley
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