From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Emmet A. Bratton, attorney at law and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney of Steuben County, was born in Williams County, Ohio, July 16, 1855, a son of Ira and Deborah (Thomas) Bratton, his father a native of Mifflin County, Pa., born March 12, 1829, and his mother of Bucks County, Pa. His parents moved to Ohio when young, and were there married in 1851. His father died July 18, 1882, and his mother is still living. When eighteen years of age he attended the fall term of the High School in Angola, and taught the next winter. He prepared for college by his own efforts, and in 1876 entered the freshman class of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., and attended two years. He then came to Angola, and entered the office of Woodhull & Croxton, remaining with them till 1880, when he went to Ann Arbor, Mich., and attended the law department of the University, graduating March 23, 1881. After his admission to the bar he formed a partnership with Stephen A. Powers, under the firm- name of Powers & Bratton, which was dissolved by mutual consent Aug. 8, 1884, and since then he has practiced with the Hon. D. R. Best, under the firm- name Best & Bratton. He is a young man of ability, and is gaining a good reputation in business and social circles. He is Secretary of the Steuben County Agricultural Association, and in 1884 was appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He has served his city as Clerk and Treasurer four years in a very acceptable manner. In politics he is a Republican. He is a member of the Odd Fellows' order (lodge and encampment), and in 1884 represented his lodge in the Grand Lodge of the State. Mr. Bratton was married in 1883 to Della Rice, daughter of Dr. C. D. Rice. They have one daughter.
Submitted by: Kim Davoli