Leon Arthur Sisco

Leon Arthur Sisco

Male 1923 - 2000  (77 years)

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  • Name Leon Arthur Sisco  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Born 9 Apr 1923  Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, Broome, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Oct 2000  St Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 14
    Buried 25 Oct 2000  Johnson City, Broome, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lot 155 Section K Floral Park Cemetary Johnson City NY
    Person ID I1487  MySiscoFamily
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Sep 1917  Binghamton, Broome, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Family ID F398  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Esther Louise Bailer,   b. 2 May 1923, Otisco, Onondaga, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 2002, Johnson City, Broome, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 27 Jul 1943  Hallstead, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 16
    Children 
     1. Terry Leon Sisco
     2. Yvonne Esther Sisco
     3. Sandra Marlene Sisco
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F404  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Leon Sisco US Navy World War II
    Leon Sisco US Navy World War II
    Sisco Home Being Built
    Sisco Home Being Built
    Leon and Esther Sisco built their home at 806 Douglas Dr Endwell, NY in January 1956.
    Sisco Home being built
    Sisco Home being built
    View from the back of house

  • Notes 
    • Leon Arthur Sisco was the second child born to Olin Reece Sisco and Ethel Mae (Banker) Sisco on Monday, April 9, 1923 at the Wilson Memorial hospital in Johnson City, NY. Leon was a twin to Leo Howard, who was born with a spinal defect that took his life at nine months of age. At the time of Leons birth, father Olin was twenty-six and mother Ethel was twenty-three.

      Leon spent his formative years growing up at 6 Theron Street, Johnson City, New York. He attended elementary school in Johnson City.

      His grandparents owned a small family farm located on Bogart Street, Hallstead, PA and as the country was at the end of the Great Depression, they were having difficulty maintaining the farm financially. So, in early 1935, LeonĀ“s father Olin made the decision to move the family from Johnson City to the Hallstead farmstead to assist. Leon's parents waited until June when school was out for the summer before making the move.

      His sister Dorotha Sisco Thomas, relates a couple of stories that she remembers. In Hallstead, Leon and his grandfather Luther Sisco tended to chores on the family farm while Olin Sisco sold Prudential Insurance during the day. Olin never had more than three or four cows at a time. Leon and his grandfather had completed milking the cows and they had put the milk into the separator located in the basement of the home. At one point Leon did something that didn't suit his grandfather and Luther kicked Leon down the cellar steps with a pail of milk. Olin scolded his father for disciplining Leon saying that if there was any disciplining to do of his son that he would be the one to do it.

      Soon after moving to Hallstead, Pa, Leon got a dog and named him King. King would follow Leon everywhere he went. Leon told his mother that if he were ever sick and not able to do chores, just follow King because he knew where to go. The milk man that drove the delivery truck would intentionally get King to chase him. One day the driver deliberately ran over King. Leon found his best friend dead. Dorotha Sisco Thomas remembers Leon leaning against the kitchen counter crying saying that "My King is gone." He was very distraught at losing his best friend.

      While attending Hallstead High School, Leon met and fell in love with one of his classmates, Esther Louise Bailer. After school he would walk her from the school, located on Franklin Avenue, near the First Baptist Church to the DuBois farm on Harmony Road in Hallstead, Pennsylvania where her parents were the caretakers and the family lived.

      On December 7, 1941, Leon was milking the cows in the family barn. While milking, he had the Emerson box radio tuned to a music station when the news reports of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were announced. After graduating from high school, Leon felt compelled to join the cause and on December 12, 1942 enlisted in the United States Navy. The day that he left from the Binghamton, NY train station bound for basic training in Albany, NY, he had left his dirty clothes on the bathroom floor having just taken a bath. Upon seeing his clothes his mother broke down and cried.

      While in the Navy, Leon was the signalman on supply ships and held the ratings of AS, Signalman Third Class (SM3c), Signalman Second Class (S2c), and Signalman First Class (S1c). He attended service schools at the US Naval Training Center in both Newport, RI and Noroton Heights, CT, SERVsch in Newport, RI, USN ACG Brooklyn, NY, USN ACG Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA and served on the ships USS Yucca and USS Thorn. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. Most of his travels were throughout South America and the South Pacific.

      When on leave, Esther would meet Leon in New York City. It was while on leave that on July 27, 1943, he and Esther were married at the First Baptist Church, Hallstead, Pennsylvania by Reverend Joseph B. Harrison. Leons son Terry Sisco has a notebook that contains the love letters that they exchanged throughout the war.

      After the war, they both worked in the Hershey Chocolate factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Leon had heard during the war that working for a utility provided consistent, secure work at good pay so he applied at the New York State Electric & Gas Company in Westover, New York. He started in 1946 as a laborer at the Goudy Station in Johnson City, New York, working on the coal piles moving the coal to the coal burning turbines. He advanced to pump operator in 1950, to turbine operator in 1951, to switchboard operator in 1955 and to unit boiler operator in 1968. He worked his way up through the ranks eventually becoming the foreman of the Goudy steam plant.

      Leon worked three jobs to support his family while the children were young. In addition to the electric company he also worked for the Pepsi-Cola company delivering soft drinks and then in evenings he would collect money that people owed for magazine subscriptions. Even though he worked long hours, he always spent time with the family on special outings such as visiting the Ross Park Zoo or weekends at the Chidesters cottage in Pennsylvania.

      On November 4, 1955, Leon and Esther signed a mortgage of $12,250 to purchase and build a home at 806 Douglas Drive, in the new and expanding suburbs of Endwell, New York. Both Leon and Esther were very active at the Berean Baptist Church in Endwell, New York. Leon helped to build the current structure on Farm-To-Market Road across from the Maine-Endwell High School. They enjoyed traveling and camping with other families of the church spending summers at the Chenango Valley State Park and Sherkston Shores in Canada.

      They purchased a mobile home at the Colony Park in St. Petersburg, Florida after retirement where they would spend the winter months near their son, Terry Sisco who lives in Tampa, FL. During summers, they spent time at Lake Timberline in St. Joseph, Pennsylvania where they permanently park their camper. In their retirement, Leon and Esther enjoyed traveling the country.

      In the late 1990's it was discovered that Leon had hepatitis C. Through the spring of 2000, Leon grew progressively weaker. He began kidney dialysis as his kidneys had begun to shut down. He wanted to get back to his home in Florida before the cold weather set in. It was only a short time after arriving in St Petersburg that on October 20, 2000 he passed away at 9:40 am with his entire family at his side.

  • Sources 
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      Birth date: abt 1923 Birth place: United States Residence date: 1 June 1925 Residence place: Union, Broome, New York, United States

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      residence date: 1930 residence place: Johnson City, Broome, New York Name: Leon Arthur Sisco birth date: 09 APR 1923 birth place: Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, Broome, NY

    4. [S405] Marriage Certificate Leon Sisco.

    5. [S4] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Ancestry Family Trees.
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      Birth date: 04/09/1923 Birth place: Death date: 10/20/2000 Death place: NY

    10. [S408] Birth Certificate Leon Sisco, A Verified Transcript from the Registration of Births, Village of Johnson City, Broome County, New York.
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    14. [S409] Certificate of Death Leon Sisco.
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    16. [S410] Leon Sisco Marriage Certificate, Register of Wills - Recorder fo Deeds, Clerk of Orphans' Court Division, Court of Common Pleas of Susquenahhana, PA.
      Leon A. Sisco was born in Johnson City, NY age 20 years, resides at Hallstead, PA is by occupation candy maker; is not related by blood or marriage to the person to whom he desires to marry and not married before. Consent of Olin R Sisco (father) July 26, 1943. Esther Bailer was born in Otisco, NY age 20 resides at Hallstead, PA is by occupation J.P.W Worker; and not married before. Consent of Dora Bailer (Mrs Charles) (Mother) July 26, 1943. Marriage license issued July 26, 1943. Married by Rev Joseph B. Harrison July 27, 1943 at Hallstead, PA.