This town went by several names until its final name was settled on in 1918. The settlement was called Owl City when the Kennett to Caruthersville Railroad was built in 1894. The name is said to have been suggested by the workers on the railroad because of the hooting of the owls in this wooded section. The name was changed to Clayroot, from Clayroot Island, when the post office was established in 1915. In 1916 the local name was changed to Melson, in honor of Edmund P. Melson, president of the Missouri State Life Insurance Company; but the post office continued under the name Clayroot until 1918 when the town became Bragg City. Bragg City was named for W.G. Bragg of Kennett in Dunklin County, Missouri, who owned large tracts of land in this region.
January 24th, 2019
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