Alma Etta

6 October 1911–18 June 1989 (Age 77)
Tippah, Mississippi, United States

The Life Summary of Alma Etta

When Alma Etta was born on 6 October 1911, in Tippah, Mississippi, United States, her father, Marion Leonard Sides, was 41 and her mother, Melinda Caroline Wilson, was 37. She married William Henry Sides on 2 March 1929, in Pemiscot, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Little Prairie Township, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 18 June 1989, in Hayti, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Caruthersville, Pemiscot, Missouri, United States.

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William Henry Sides
Alma Etta
Marriage: 2 March 1929
Billy Lee Sides
Gladys Virginia Sides
Linda Faye Sides
John R Sides
Betty Sue Sides
James William Sides
George Washington Sides
Minnie B "Sally" Sides

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 March 1929Pemiscot, Missouri, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1912 · The Girl Scouts
    Age 1
    Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
    1916 · Mississippi State Sanatorium for TB is Established
    Age 5
    The Mississippi State Sanatorium is a hospital used for tuberculosis patients. This lasted from 1918 to the 1950s. The Sanatorium has now been turned into a museum.
    Age 21
    Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.

    Name Meaning

    Relatively modern creation, of uncertain origin. It had a temporary vogue following the Battle of Alma ( 1854 ), which is named from the river in the Crimea by which it took place; similarly, Trafalgar had occasionally been used as a girl's name earlier in the 19th century. Nevertheless, the historical event seems only to have increased the popularity of an existing, if rare, name. Alma is also the feminine form of the Latin adjective almus ‘nourishing, kind’ (compare the term alma mater ‘fostering mother’, denoting an educational establishment). The name was borne by Alma Bennett ( 1889–1958 ), American vamp of the silent screen. In Tennessee Williams's play Summer and Smoke ( 1948 ), a bearer of the name explains that it is ‘Spanish for soul’, but this seems to be no more than coincidental.

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

    Sources (6)

    • Etta E Sides in household of William H Sides, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Etta Sider, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
    • Etta Sides in entry for William Sides, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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