Obituary Details

Charles Erwin Blagg

(05/20/1893 - 10/25/1965)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 10/28/1965

Charles Blagg Dies Monday; Funeral Thurs.

Charles E. Blagg, 72, prominent Niobrara County rancher died Monday in the Deaconess Hospital at Billings, Mont. He had been ill with leukemia for sometime. Funeral services will be held from the Peet Chapel in Lusk this Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Blagg was born in Mapleton, Kan., May 20, 1893 to John and Ellie Blagg. He came to Wyoming in a covered wagon with his family in 1900 and settled near Manville. About four years later the family returned to Kansas, but when he was a young man he returned to Wyoming and worked for his uncle, Frank Brooks.

FRENCH DECORATION

When World War I started he enlisted in the Army and served in France. While serving in France he received the French Croix De-Guerre for bravery after being wounded and receiving the American Purple Heart.

He and Vernice Mashek were married in 1919 and the young couple moved to Laramie where he attended the University of Wyoming. He majored in agriculture and was a member of the first University of Wyoming livestock judging team. After attending UW for two years he transferred to Kansas State University.

Later he operated a farm near Mexico, Mo. and after working there for eight years moved to Lander. In 1937 the Blagg family moved onto the present Blagg ranch northwest of Lusk.

Mr. Blagg was a very active member in veteran's organizations, being both a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a past commander of Wieten-Dupes Post No. 4 of Lusk as well as being a past district commander. He was also a member of the B.P.O. Elks at Lusk and was named "Elk of the Year" in Lusk in 1965.

Survivors include his widow, Vernice; four sons, Colonel of Oklahoma City, Okla., Frank of Morgan City, La., Mahlon of Billings, Charles of Lusk; one daughter, Renetta Heald of San Antonio, Texas, 13 grandchildren, four brothers and one sister. His parents, one brother and one sister died previously.

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