Olin Reece Sisco

Olin Reece Sisco

Male 1897 - 1965  (68 years)

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  • Name Olin Reece Sisco  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    Born 26 Mar 1897  Nicholson, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18, 21
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Oct 1965  Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Heart Attack
    Buried Johnson City, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lot 155 Section K Floral Park Cemetary Johnson City NY
    Person ID I1476  MySiscoFamily
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 

    Father Frances Luther Sisco,   b. 24 May 1870, Nicholson, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1948, Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Mercy Phillips,   b. 1 Aug 1879, Nicholson, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1953, Hallstead, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Aug 1895  Factoryville, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Family ID F397  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ethel Mae Banker,   b. 23 May 1900, Hallstead, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1972, Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1917  Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    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 - 26 Mar 1897 - Nicholson, Wyoming, 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 - 10 Oct 1965 - 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
    Olin Sisco
    Olin Sisco

  • Notes 
    • Olin Reece Sisco was born on Friday, March 26, 1897 in Nicholson Township, Pennsylvania to Frances "Luther" and "Mary" Mercy (Phillips) Sisco. By April 15, 1910, at the age of thirteen Olin and his family were living in Factoryville, Pennsylvania on Capwell Hill Road. His father worked as a laborer and bridge builder for the Steam Railroad Company. By 1920, the US Federal census shows Luther and Mary living on Silk Mill Road Hallstead, PA. It is unknown when between 1910 and 1920 they relocated from Factoryville to Hallstead nor whether Olin had ever lived at the Silk Mill Road residence. The only indication that he may have lived in Hallstead is the family lore has it that Olin had to walked the family cow from Factoryville to Hallstead a distance of about thirty-one miles.

      Sometime around 1915, Olin must have heard about job availability at the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company (aka EJ) and began working at one of the Johnson City, NY factories. There is a photo of Olin working at EJ as a teenager with Ellsworth Banker, Olin's future brother-in-law who was also from Hallstead. It is not known how or where Olin Reece Sisco and Ethel Mae Banker met. It may have been in Hallstead which is where Ethel lived or at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Company where they both worked. They were married on September 1, 1917 in Binghamton, NY at the parsonage of the Grace Baptist church. Ethel continued to work for the Endicott- Johnson Shoe Company until she and Olin began their family.

      On June 5, 1918, after one short year of marriage, Olin registered for the World War I draft as required by law and joined the US Army. His draft registration card indicates that he and Ethel lived at 28 Carhart Street in Johnson City, NY. It was there that they became friends with Eunice and Tom Watkins who lived in the apartment above them. They always joked that they could hear each others conversations through the bathroom walls. Eunice and Tom must have been good friends and neighbors taking care of Ethel while Olin went off to basic training. Olin never deployed as the war came to an end on November 11, 1918 now forever known as "Armistice Day."

      At some point between 1918 and 1920, Olin and Ethel moved a few short blocks over to 90 Endicott Road in the Village of Johnson City, Town of Union, NY. It was while living there that on February 25, 1920 that first daughter Dorotha Sisco Thomas was born. Three years later, Ethel delivered twins Leon Arthur and Leo Howard. Leo was born with a spinal defect. In a photo taken of the two infants, it was necessary to wire Leo's neck and head upright as he was unable to do so on his own. Leo died nine months after he was born which must have had an emotional toll on both Olin and Ethel. Dorotha remembers that the undertaker had a big car and she sat between her mtoether and father with baby Leo's casket lying across their lap as they drove to the Floral Park Cemetery to bury the baby.

      Sometime around 1923, perhaps just prior to the birth of Leo and Leon, Olin and Ethel had purchased a home at 6 Theron Street, Johnson City, New York, near what is currently the Riverside Drive traffic circle. The Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company provided employees with many benefits unknown in today's economy. Homes were built and sold at cost. Playgrounds, recreation halls for bowling, roller skating and dancing were provided. Hospitals and a medical plan which received world-wide attention and acclaim were established. An eight-hour day, one of the first in a large industry, and other benefits were inaugurated. They even provided each employee's child with their first shoes and each Christmas each year thereafter. The home on Theron Street was one of the Endicott Johnson built homes which Olin purchased for $3,000.00.

      The period from 1930 to the mid-1940's was the period of Great Depression in the United States. It was during this time of struggling economy that Olin's parents, Luther and Mary Sisco, were having difficulty maintaining and affording the small farm that they had in Hallstead, PA from the income generated from the crops grown in their fields. To help keep the farm, Olin moved his family in with his parents. They waited until June to move the family allowing Dorotha and Leon to finish the school year in Johnson City.

      Relations became strained between Olin and Ethel and Olins parents. Olin's mother despised Ethel and had threatened to do all that she could to sabotage the marriage. Olin gave his mother the choice of staying in their current home or moving into the former Severson's home. Mary chose the latter. Eventually, Olin purchased the family farm from his father and also purchased the home on the road above them from the Severson's for his parents to move into as shown in the 1940 federal census. He added more property to the farm from tax sales and in time had a large farm along Route 7 (Church Street) on the road that leads from Conklin, New York to Hallstead, Pennsylvania. The first piece of property that he purchased was along the main road and the creek. Olin's dream was for both he and his son Leon, to run the farm together. Olin must have rented the Theron Street residence out as Real Estate records show that he sold it on October 19th, 1942.

      Ethel would bake and can fruits and vegetables from their gardens, taking them to Johnson City to sell for extra income. The basement of the farmhouse was simply dirt floors with stones collected from the fields and creek beds stacked on top of each to provide some insulation from the dirt walls. Wood shelves were built along the walls to provide storage for canned goods and vegetables for the winter. The cool, dark and damp basements provided excellent storage for winter vegetables. Leon and Dorotha had to do the house and farm chores while Olin sold insurance.

      Olin was very stern and possessed a good business sense. In 1922, to provide the family with additional income Olin joined the Prudential Life Insurance Company and was a sales agent throughout the Binghamton, NY and Susquehanna, County, Pennsylvania area.

      He was well respected throughout the area for his business acumen and insights. Many people turned to him for advice on business matters. He retired from Prudential after his first heart attack. Olin was fiercely protective of his family making certain that everyone was provided for. Between January 1918 and December 1920 the world suffered from a major flu epidemic called the "Spanish Flu" that killed between 50 to 100 million people one of which was Olin's twenty-one year old sister Clara Almira who died on March 1, 1920, She left behind a husband, George Lynn Jamison and two children, four year old Lloyd and two year old Luther.

      After Clara's death, Lynn abandoned the boys. His WWII Draft registration in 1942 shows him living at 60 Hamilton Street New Haven, CT. Luther was sent to live his paternal grandparents believed to be in New Haven also and Lloyd was sent to live with his maternal grandparents Mary and Luther Sisco in Hallstead, PA. Luther ended up in a children's home in Connecticut. At that time a children's home was viewed almost like a juvenile detention center as opposed to an orphanage. Olin went to Connecticut and got him out. Unfortunately, Luther became a liability. He began to drink heavily. One day Lloyd got a call from the local Hallstead theater that Luther was there drunk and causing a disturbance. Lloyd went to get him but instead of taking him to Luther and Marys, he took him to Olins house. In the process of attempting to get him under control Olin slapped Luther in the house to get him to pay attention. Luther then attempted to punch Olin but missed putting his fist through the wall in the back room that served as Olin's office. Rather than repair the wall, Ethel simply hung a picture over the hole.

      On another occasion, Luther went to the Swift's slaughter house that was located across SR 1033 behind what is now the American Legion building. Olin had warned him not to go there because some of the animals to be slaughtered had diseases. Luther brought back pig cholera to Olin's pigs that he was growing for market.

      While living in Johnson City in their early married life, Olin and Ethel attended the First Baptist Church, Johnson City, New York. He served the church by teaching as a Sunday school class. The family later attended the Primitive Methodist Church in Johnson City. Sometime after he joined Prudential, he got away from the church until many years later after he suffered a heart attack. At that point he became active at the First Baptist Church, Hallstead PA eventually becoming a deacon. He would travel throughout the Southern Tier of New York and northeastern Pennsylvania to hear preachers. He purchased a portable reel to reel tape recorder to record their messages for greater insights and understanding of the scriptures.

      When first grandchild Yvonne Bonnie Sisco came along Olin planted a stand of pine trees in her honor across Bogart Street, then a dirt road with two ruts. Olin was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing on the Susquehanna River and gardening. He had two hunting hounds named Skipper and Tony that he kept outdoors even in the coldest weather because he didn't want to "ruin" them. At times the snow would accumulate to 24-36 inches, so deep that a path needed to be dug from the house to their dog houses near the detached garage in order to feed them. Only on a few extremely cold nights did he allow them into the house for warmth.

      Olin began smoking while working for Prudential. As a result of years if smoking he developed a "smoker's cough" better known as pulmonary edema. Olin suffered his first heart attack around 1960, eventually succumbing to atherosclerosis and severe myocardial fibrosis on October 10, 1965

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