Elizabeth Bragdon

Name: Elizabeth Bragdon (Byerly)
Birth Date: December 12, 1834
Birth Place: New York City New York, USA
Death Date: October 28, 1926
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA
Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois

Summary

Elizabeth Wayne Bragdon (1834-1926) was a patron of music and other arts, philanthropist, extensive traveler, and an active member at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, even though she herself was a Quaker. She was associated with the Woman’s Club of Evanston, a charter member of the Drama Club, and served as the president of the Bryant Circle, as well as being a University Guild member. She spoke French, as well as other Romance languages, and was a member and hostess for many French Club meetings. She lived and participated in Evanston life for over 50 years until she died in October 1926.

Significance

1. Bragdon participated in the Evanston movement against Sunday movies. 2. She opposed annexation of Evanston to Chicago. 3. Assisted with/looked after children at her church who “are prevented from attending Sabbath school from want of suitable clothing.”

Father: David Davis Byerly
Mother: Sarah Ann Wayne
Children: Five: Charles (Carl) Ridgeway Bragdon, Merritt Caldwell Bragdon Jr., (Mrs Alex W. Mosley) Dr. Elizabeth Bragdon, Sarah Frances Bragdon (Mrs. Louis Coulton West), and Merrit Wayne Bragdon (b. 1880 d. 1884). All four adult children are NU alums.
Years in Evanston: ? -1926

Sources: EHC Bio File: Bragdon, EHC Clippings File: Ev. Churches-Methodist First 1857-1899, 1900-1909, 1920-1939, EHC Clippings File: Ev. Clubs -French


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