Etta Viola Mort

22 December 1886–17 October 1953 (Age 66)
Jackson Township, Boone, Iowa, United States

The Life of Etta Viola

When Etta Viola Mort was born on 22 December 1886, in Jackson Township, Boone, Iowa, United States, her father, John Mort, was 24 and her mother, Resilva Ann Deal, was 24. She married Andrew Sterry in 1905, in South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Leola Township, Codington, South Dakota, United States in 1920 and South Shore, Codington, South Dakota, United States for about 10 years. She died on 17 October 1953, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 66.

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Andrew Sterry
Etta Viola Mort
Marriage: 1905
Violet M Sterry
Lester H Sterry
Clifford Andrew Sterry
Lila Lucile Sterry
Donald L Sterry
Donald L Sterry
Leo Willard Sterry
Evelyn Lorraine Sterry
Virgil Francis Sterry
Virgil Francis Sterry
Mazel Cleo Sterry
Lois Fay Sterry

Spouse and Children

    Andrew Sterry



South Dakota, United States


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 5

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.

Age 18

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

Name Meaning

1 English (Lancashire): of uncertain origin. The most plausible suggestion is that it is a Norman nickname from Old French mort ‘dead’ (Latin mortuus), presumably referring to a person of deathly pallor or unnaturally still countenance, or possibly to someone who played the part of death in a pageant. However, it could also be the result of survival into the Middle English period of an Old English personal name, Morta, or an Old English vocabulary word mort ‘young salmon or trout’, both postulated by Ekwall to explain various place names ( see for example Morcom ).2 French: either a nickname from Old French mort ‘dead’ (see above), or an alteration, by folk etymology, of the personal name Mor(e) ( see Moore 3).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Etta Sterry in household of Andrew Sterry, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Etta V Mort in household of John Mort, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Etta Viola Mort, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"

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