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Ora E. "Tobe" Ethredge
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Birth: Oct. 14, 1885
Schell City
Vernon County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 31, 1968
Vancouver
Clark County
Washington, USA

Ora Ethredge was born in Schell City, Vernon County, MO, in October 1885, not long before the extended Ethredge/Ethridge family emigrated to Oregon. They all left Missouri in their covered wagons and traveled the Oregon Trail in 1887, probably in the springtime. Only the sister, Susannah Long, ended up staying there permanently, as within a few years, most of the brothers had returned to Missouri. It appears, however, that Ora's father, Greenberry, moved his family into Washington Territory prior to Nov. 1889, when it became a state. Prior to 1900, though, he was joined by his brother, Ransom.

1900 Census, Mountain Precinct, Columbia, WA:
Ethredge, Greenberry L., head, born Mar 1856, age 44, married 16 yrs, born in MO, father-NC, mother-NC, farmer, renting
Sarah J., wife, born Jan 1867, age 33, married 16 yrs, 1 child born, 1 child living, born in IN, father-IN, mother-IN
Ora E., son, born Oct 1885, age 15, born in MO, father-MO, mother-IN

While not found in the 1910 census, Ora was in the area, as he married Anna Metzner in Spokane on Dec. 12th. She was living in Ritzville and he was living in Downs. In October 1912, he and Anna were in Adams County, as the grave of their infant baby is there in the Ritzville Cemetery. By 1914, they were living in Mohler, Lincoln Co. and were still there when Ora was registered for the WWI Draft. By 1920, however, the family had moved to Pullman, Whitman Co., and were enumerated living with Ora's parents:

1920 census, Branham, Whitman, WA: Ethredg, Green B., head, owns home, mortgaged, age 63, farmer/general farm, born in MO, f-NC, m-TN; wife- Sarah J., age 52, born in IN, f-OH, m-IN; son- Ora, age 34, married, farmer/general farm, born in MO, f-MO, m-IN; dau- Hazel, age 14, born in WA, f-MO, m-IN; dau-in-law- Anna A., age 28, born in IL, f-Germany, m-IL; grandson- Everet O., age 5, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; granddau- Bessie E., age 3 6/12, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; granddau- Erma I., age 1 11/12, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL.

In May 1920, their seven week old baby, Lois, died. Three years later, in May 1923, another unnamed infant died.

1930 census, Branham Precinct 3, Whitman, WA: Ethredge, Ora, head, owns home, age 44, age of 1st marriage-25, farmer/wheat farm, born in MO, f-MO, m-IN; wife- Anna, age 38, age of 1st marriage-19, born in IL, f-Germany, m-PA; son- Everett, age 15, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; dau- Bessie, age 13, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; dau- Erma, age 12, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; son- Ralph, age 6, born in WA, f-MO, m-IL; mother- Sarah, age 63, widowed, born in IN, f-IA, m-IN.

From Ora's obituary, it appears that they stayed in Pullman for many years, moving to Vancouver, Clark Co. around 1956. Ora died there in 1968.

Obituary from The Columbian, Vancouver, Clark, WA, dated Tuesday, April 2, 1968, page 23:

ETHREDGE, Ora---Age 82, March 31, 1968 at Vancouver, Wash. Born Oct. 15, 1885 at Shell City, Mo. Lived at 6219 N. E. 40th St., a resident of Vancouver for the past 12 years. He was a retired farmer. Widow, Anna A. Ethredge. Sons, Everett Ethredge of Vancouver and Ralph Ethredge of Spokane, Wash. Daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Bessie) Peery of Spokane, Wash. There are 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Sister, Mrs. Charles (Hazel) Barber of Vancouver. Member of Masonic Lodge of Harrington, Wash. Funeral services 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel. Clark County Masonic Service Bureau in charge of Memorial Rites. Interment Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Prior to residing in Vancouver, Mr. Ethredge had lived in Pullman, Wash. for many years. The Vancouver Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. 
 
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 Parents:
  Green Berry Ethredge (1857 - 1929)
  Sarah Jane Cox Ethredge (1867 - 1941)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Alvina Metzner Ethredge (1891 - 1988)
 
 Children:
  Infant Daughter Ethredge (1912 - 1912)*
  Everett Orison Ethredge (1914 - 1991)*
  Erma Irene Ethredge Peters (1918 - 1961)*
  Lois Marie Ethredge (1920 - 1920)*
 
 Sibling:
  Ora E. Ethredge (1885 - 1968)
  Hazel Marie Ethredge Barber (1905 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Vancouver
Clark County
Washington, USA
 
Created by: Karen & Tony Foreman
Record added: Oct 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77561089
Ora E. Tobe Ethredge
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