Ethel Mae Banker

Ethel Mae Banker

Female 1900 - 1972  (71 years)

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  • Name Ethel Mae Banker  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Born 23 May 1900  Hallstead, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Feb 1972  Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Stroke and Diabetic complications
    Buried Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Floral Park Cemetary
    Person ID I1471  MySiscoFamily
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 

    Father James Nathaniel Banker,   b. 7 Jul 1873, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1925, Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Lila Ann Hinds,   b. 20 Jul 1872, Montrose, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1950, Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1897  [16
    Family ID F410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Olin Reece Sisco,   b. 26 Mar 1897, Nicholson, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1965, Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1917  Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Children 
     1. Dorotha Mae Thomas,   b. 25 Feb 1920, Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 2014, Thompsons Station, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     2. Lillian Maxine Sisco,   b. 28 Sep 1926, Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1949, Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)  [natural]
     3. Leo Howard Sisco,   b. 9 Apr 1923, Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1924, Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. Leon Arthur Sisco,   b. 9 Apr 1923, Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, Broome, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 2000, St Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 May 1900 - Hallstead, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1917 - Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Feb 1972 - Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ethel (Banker) Sisco
    Ethel (Banker) Sisco

  • Notes 
    • Ethel Mae Banker Sisco was born the third of six children of James Nathaniel and Lila Ann (Hinds) Banker on May 23, 1900 in Hallstead, PA. Both twenty-seven years old at the time. The family rented a home at 213 Fourth Street in Hallstead, PA., within walking distance of the Hallstead train depot where Ethel's father worked as a brakeman for the D, L, & W Railroad.

      The 1910 US Federal census shows ten year old Ethel still living at the Fourth Street address. The Banker family were some of the first settlers in the Hallstead area. The family farmstead and cemetery are located at the intersection of SR1022 and Hunzinger Road up DuBois Street, just up the hill from the Fourth Street home of James and Lila.

      Like most of her generation, Ethel's education perhaps ended around the sixth grade. Not much is known about her teenage years.

      While it is not known when or where she met Olin Sisco, it can be surmised that they either met each other after Olin's family relocated from Nicholson, PA to Hallstead sometime between 1910 and 1917 or, perhaps she began working at the Endicott Shoe Company where her brother was employed before she was seventeen and met Olin there. Seventeen year old Ethel and twenty year old Olin were married on September 1, 1917 at the parsonage of the Grace Baptist church by Rev. H. M. Shepson, a well known evangelist throughout the area. Ethel continued to work at EJ until she and Olin Sisco began their family in 1920.

      One year after their wedding, Olin would be called to enlist in the US Army and sent to basic training in Georgia. While Ethel must have missed Olin during this period, his time in the army was shortened and he would never deploy as WWI came to an end five months into his enlistment.

      On February 25, 1920, three years after their wedding and at 20 years old Ethel would experience joy as first child Dorotha was born. Life continued to get better and better and by 1923 they purchased a home at 6 Theron Street and in 1923 the twins, Leo and Leon were born.

      Unfortunately that joy would begin to turn to sorrow, grief and misery as Leo, born with a spinal defect died nine months after his birth. As was customary in those days, the deceased would be mourned in the home and then taken by the funeral home to the grave site. Dorotha Sisco Thomas remembers sitting in the back seat of the funeral home's large car between her mother and father with Leo's casket sitting across their laps as they were driven the few short blocks to the Floral Park Cemetery in Johnson City, NY.

      In 1925, the federal census shows that Olin, Ethel, Dorotha, and Leon lived at 6 Theron Street along with Lorena Banker and Ellsworth Banker, Ethel's sister and brother who were also working at the EJ sho factory at the time. The 1930 census shows that Olin, Ethel, Dorotha and Lillian continued to live at the 6 Theron Street address and that Lorena and Ellsworth had moved out.

      By 1940, the family had moved to Hallstead where Ethel's tribulations continued in marriage. It is often said that when you marry, you marry the entire family. This unfortunately was the case for Ethel as her mother-in-law for some reason despised her. Grandson Terry Sisco remembers Ethel as a warm, caring and giving woman who was very devout in her faith in Christ. It is not known when her relationship with Mary Sisco deteriorated but she endured a difficult relationship with her mother-in-law who overtly expressed that she would do all in her power to break up Ethel's marriage to Olin if "it were the last thing I do before I die."

      While Dorotha and Leon grew up as model children, Lillian, the Sisco's third child was more of a free spirit. She died at the young age of twenty-three of kidney failure adding to the emotional toll that Ethel had endured her entire married life. It was Ethel's faith in God that sustained her through these tribulations.

      Ethel typically wore a "house dress" with an apron over it and black orthopedic high heel shoes. She loved baking. Her baked goods along with canning fruits and vegetables added to the finances of the family. She would take her goods to market in Johnson City, NY along with produce raised on the family farm.

      She was a faithful member of the Hallstead Baptist church and was a very devout Christian who intensely loved her family. Her lifelong friend was Bessie Gathany, with whom she spent many hours sewing and conversing. Bessie, her husband Dan along with Olin and Ethel took trips from Hallstead to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida in the days before Interstate highways.

      She was a very talented seamstress. Esther Sisco, Ethel's daughter-in-law worked for the Harvey's Chicken farm in the 1950's and would bring collect the empty chicken feed bags that were typically made of flannel. She would give these to Ethel who would make grandson Terry Sisco pajamas from the material. Ethel loved her grandchildren and enjoyed them spending weekends at her house and attending church with her. As a treat she would make "bread, butter and sugar sandwiches.

      As a hobby she raised African violets.

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      Birth date: Jul 1872 Birth place: Pennsylvania Marriage date: 1897 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Hallstead borough, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania