Brothers Anthony Jaye ("A. J.") Flagg (November 29, 1896 – January 25, 1982) and John Solomon Flagg (February 24, 1901 – November 7, 1959) were developers and restaurateurs from the 1920s to 1950s.

"Flagg-built" appears in many real estate listings for homes around the East Bay.

The Flagg Brothers also owned Pland's Restaurant and Flagg's Restaurant.


A. J. and John were born in Nebraska to Everett S. Flagg and Charity M. Smith (Flagg), who ran a farm. They also had a daughter, Susie Flagg (Grove). Charity's obituary mentions another (step?) son, Fred M. Patterson. Everett died sometime before 1920, and Charity got remarried, to Ira Johnston. 1

A. J. married Mabel R. Yeagle (Flagg), and they had 3 sons: Jay Sterling Flagg, Morgan Flagg, and Everett Flagg. c.1930, they lived at 2417 Montana Street. c.1940, they lived at 4397 Detroit Avenue.

John married Ruth (Flagg) and they had one son, John S. Flagg, Jr. John and Ruth divorced in 1926,5,6 and John got remarried to Florence M. Moon (Flagg). They had 2 children: Marvin Flagg and Shirley Flagg.

Developers and Restaurateurs

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After coming to Oakland c.1922, the Flaggs worked as contractors and developers, building numerous homes around Oakland. "Flagg-built" appears in many sale listings over the years.

In 1929, they also built the Alhambra Apartments, a larger apartment building near Fruitvale Avenue.

Beginning in 1939, A. J. Flagg built 29 homes in the Redwood Gardens development, on Detroit Avenue off Redwood Road. 3

In 1949, the Flaggs purchased Pland's Restaurant. Apparently they were very successful with the restaurant, and in 1951, purchased Klee's Smorgasbord in Montclair Village. After extensive remodeling, they opened it as Flagg's Restaurant.

They didn't own Flagg's very long, selling it to Sanford Cohn in 1953. By 1957, the Flaggs had moved to Reno, Nevada, probably to be near their Tahoe real estate holdings. 2

John died just a few years later in 1959, but A. J. lived until 1982.

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Links and References

  1. obituary for Charity Oakland Tribune April 16, 1945
  2. Oakland Investors Take Part in Palm Springs, Tahoe Deals Oakland Tribune March 28, 1947
  3. Flagg Homes Open to View Oakland Tribune September 17, 1939
  4. New Technique in Home Building Oakland Tribune June 25, 1939
  5. Divorce Contest Heard by Court Oakland Tribune May 11, 1926
  6. 'Reconcilations? No!' Wife Locks Spouse Outside Oakland Tribune May 12, 1926