Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ettie M. Sidles & James Elmer Condra

  James Elmer Condra was born 22 September 1877 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, son of Frank Leander Condra (1847-1917) and Francis J. Arbojust (1848-1883), died November 1969 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa. He married 22 September 1908 at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Jerome, Iowa, Ettie Melvina Sidles who was born 10 September 1878 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of John Alexander Sidles (1853-1914) and Elvira Bradley (1853-1932), died 18 December 1961 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa. To this union two children were born:
  [1] Merrill Condra was born 5 July 1909 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, died 23 February 1994 at the Seymour Care Center in Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa. He married 4 December 1936 in Unionville, Missouri, Jeanette Morris, who was born 4 April 1916, died 25 December 1980, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. To this union, one son was born: James Condra.
  [2] Louise Condra was born 25 June 1914 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, died 15 October 2000 at Mercy Medical Center Long Term Care Unit, in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Unionville Cemetery, Unionville, Appanoose County, Iowa. She married 17 November 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Dean Richard Hunt who died in July 1949. To this union one daughter was born: Mary Louise.
From Unidentified Newspaper Clipping
  One of the most brilliant affairs of the season was the reception given by Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sidles at their residence, west of Jerome, Tuesday evening, Sept. 22, 1908, in honor of the marriage of their daughter, Etta M. to Mr. J. E. Condra. The marriage ceremony was preformed by her pastor, Rev. Bishop at the M. E. church at 5:30 o'clock in the presence of a number of little girls and boys they being members of her Sunday School class.
  After the ceremony the bride and groom drove to the home of her father where the reception was held later in the evening to a number of relatives and friends. A three course luncheon was served consisting of fruit salad, cake and sherbet, ice cream, cake and chocolate-bananas and grapes. The evening was spent with music and in a social way the guests departing at a late hour showering congratulations on the happy couple. Both the contracting parties are well known and highly respected in Jerome, she having been a teacher in the M. E. Sunday school for a number of years and superintendent of the same for the past two years. He has been Justice of the Peace in Lincoln township for the past two years. They left Wednesday noon for Kansas City and will take a trip through the west. They will be at home to their many friends in wishing them long life and abundant joy.
The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of the above article to The Jerome Journal by Geraldine Rinker of Augusta, Georgia.
The Seymour Herald - 28 December 1961
Ettie Melvine Sidles Condra
  Mrs. J. E. Condra, 83, died Monday evening, Dec. 18, 1961, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Louise Hunt, 1219 Drake Ave., Centerville, where she had been bedfast since May.
  She was born Ettie Melvine Sidles, daughter of John A. and Elvira Bradley Sidles, at Exline Sept. 10, 1878. Since babyhood she lived with her parents on a farm one mile west of Jerome. She was a long time member of the Jerome Methodist church and served faithfully in the capacity of Sunday School teaching and in various offices of the church.
  She was married in the Jerome Methodist church Sept. 22, 1908, to James Elmer Condra, who survives. They lived on a farm west of Numa for 53 years.
  Besides her husband she is survived by a son, Merrill, of Numa and a daughter, Louise Hunt of Centerville, two grandchildren, Jim Condra of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Mary Louise Hunt of Centerville; three sisters, Susie R. Sidles of Jerome, Mrs. Orpha Deibert of Sac City and Mrs. Maurine Streepy of Centerville.
  She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Effie Rinker, of Oto, who died Nov. 11, 1957, and by two brothers, Charley and Johnny, who died as children.
  Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1961, at two o'clock from the Jerome Methodist church with the Rev. George McMullen officiating. Burial was in the Jerome cemetery.
  Two songs, "In the Garden" and "Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me," were sung by Max Ellis of Centerville, accompanied by Mrs. Catherine Mallett, church organist.
  The pallbearers were Merle Loofburrow, Paul McElvain, Paul Ervin, Joe Beer, Paul Felkner and Barney Mallett, all members of Mrs. Condra's Sunday School class.
  We express our gratitude and thanks for the many deeds of kindness and help given us in the death of our wife and mother.
  J.E. Condra, Merrill Condra, Louise Hunt
  Transcribed from Seymour Area Death Notices and Obituaries, Items #7-8 on FHL Film #1673236 and The Seymour Herald of 28 December 1961.

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