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Rev Milton W Ettinger
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1872
Death: Feb. 28, 1916
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

Milton W. Ettinger, the pastor memorialized here who passed in a tragic streetcar accident, is almost certainly my mother's great great uncle's son, though the association is yet to be clearly confirmed.

Milton's father Hiram Ettinger and my mom's great grandpa Charles appear together on the 1860 census in Macungie, Pennsylvania. They are in the household of a family where no one shares their surname, so their parents are not identifiable, and nor is the relationship between the boys. Agewise, they could very well be brothers. Milton's father Hiram was listed as age 10 (though he was closer to 12), and Milton's potential uncle, Charles (my great great grandpa) as age 21.

According to kind FindAGrave contributor LeRoy Wilcox, Milton Ettinger was married to Emma Desch (daughter of Milton and Amanda Schuler Desch) on 08/09/1909 and his parents are listed as Hiram and Sarah, so as suspected, Milton was from the union of Hiram and his first wife Sarah who passed away young. (Because Milton's father was subsequently married three more times after Sarah's passing, this had been in question, but is no more. This fits timewise as well with the censuses, which show Hiram's later unions with Fyetta or Fietta, and with Ida as well, though his short marriage to Anna Desch was in the gap between the 1880 and 1900 censuses.)

Milton would pass in a terrible automobile/trolley accident before his wife Emma, and while any death of this horrific sort is tragic enough, the tragedy multiplies in Milton's case, as he left his wife Emma a widow, along with seven children... some it seems, not even hers.

It seems Milton had been married before his union with Emma. The application for his marriage to Emma Desch indicates that his first wife (unnamed on the document) died on April 2, 1908. At the time of his 1909 marriage to Emma, Milton's occupation was listed as "barber" while Emma worked in a hose factory.

So who was Milton's first wife? A marriage license application answers this, and it was found August of 2012. On that document, Milton marries Eliza J. Hendricks, daughter of Alfred W. Hendricks on March 23, 1892 in Allentown, though they are both listed as residents of Macungie. Milton is listed as a barber and Eliza as doing housework. He is 19 while she is 18, and their parents consented. The marriage would last 17 years with her passing in April 1908; in June 2014 I found an account of her death in the Allentown Leader newspaper. She is named in the article only as Mrs. Milton Ettinger, so we do not know her first name. Her doctor took her from Macungie to Allentown Hospital for an operation, and she died afterwards. She left behind her husband and her daughters Blanche, Mabel and Beulah (the first and last doubtlessly named for Milton's sisters). Who could blame Milton, with three daughters to finish raising, for marrying Emma Desch 16 months later?

By August 1909, Milton sang and led prayer at a camp meeting for Mennonites held at Waldheim Park in Allentown - an interesting juxtaposition, as his probable uncle Charles was in leadership there but was active in the Evangelicals. Milton is not called a Reverend yet in that article however. October 17, 1910 the Allentown Leader notes that he has been assigned as pastor to the East Stroudsburg Mission.

According to information from a church historian, Milton served his church in East Stroudsburg 1910-1912, Stroudsburg, 1913, Quakertown and Hatfield, 1914-1915.

Milton is buried in Sunset Lawn, Lot 121, which belongs to H. H. Bergey, who was a leader of the congregation.

Milton's obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call on February 9, and is yet to be retrieved from the library.

Besides the son linked below, he was also the father of William Harvey Ettinger, who married Helen Kalabisko on July 4, 1936, and the father of Blanche who married Harvey Thompson in Macungie on September 16, 1909. Milton was also the father of Beulah Ettinger (with his first wife, Eliza Hendricks) who married electrician Fred R. Ritter (born in Bethlehem, lived in Quakertown) in 1923. His son John H. Ettinger (with wife Emma Desch) would marry Anna Mae Hillegass in 1944 when John was in the Army.

In June of 2014, I found an account of another son (not named in the article) who died in 1900 of membranous croup. 
Family links: 
  Hiram M Ettinger (1848 - 1915)
  Lizzie J. Hendricks Ettinger (1874 - 1908)
  Mabel I. Ettinger Weiss (1895 - 1940)*
  Paul E Ettinger (1913 - 2000)*
  John H. Ettinger (1915 - 1982)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Cemetery
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sunset Lawn Lot 121.
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Nov 25, 2010
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Rev Milton W Ettinger
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Rev Milton W Ettinger
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Rev Milton W Ettinger
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