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 Caesar Julius Attell

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Caesar Julius Attell

  • Birth 29 Dec 1880 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Death 6 Oct 1979 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
  • Plot Unit B, Tier 149, Crypt 5
  • Memorial ID 5841043

Professional Boxer. He was the eighth of twelve children born into a poor Jewish family in the South of Market section of San Francisco. With his younger brothers Abe and Monte, the trio made up the famous 'Fighting Attell' brothers. Abe held the world featherweight title from 1901-1912, and Monte the world bantamweight title from 1909-1910. Caesar hung up his gloves after his mother, Annie, said that "Two [boxers] in the family is enough." Although never a world champion like his brothers, he was a beloved celebrity in his home town, and known for his smart business skills. He made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle (22 June 1925) after he, his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Charlotte, were robbed at gunpoint in their own garage. Obviously putting his family's well-being above all things in this case, normally he would not tolerate such abuse. In 1932, at the age of 51, he punched a young man who had pointed a pistol at him in a futile attempt to rob Caesar's pawn shop. Both the gunman and his companion fled the store, but Caesar, always in tip-top shape, chased them down and caught them, even after delaying to lock up his store. In 1951, another attempt was made to rob his shop. This time, a would-be robber pointed two guns at him. Despite this, he punched the man in the stomach, causing both the bandit and his companion to flee. Caesar, now at the age of 70, can be forgiven for not chasing down these two. Known locally as "Two and a Half Attell," for that was always the amount he gave to any charity when the hat was passed at boxing events, which he faithfully attended. Annie, his first wife, passed away in 1961, and in 1963, Caesar married again (at the age of 82!), this time to Celia, 20 years his junior. Despite always keeping fit, including walking three miles a day in his 90s, he died in 1979 at the age of 98. He was survived by Celia, his daughter, Charlotte, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 12 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5841043
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Caesar Julius Attell (29 Dec 1880–6 Oct 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5841043, citing Salem Memorial Park and Garden, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Eric Thomsen (contributor 29506898) .