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April "Etta" (Oberlitner) Armacost (Alternate spelling Oberleitner)

Birth: She was born around 1873 in Ohio.  

Family Information: Wife of Albert J. Oberlitner.

Mother of Ethel, Beulah, Floyd (who married Beatrice Jensen), Emery, Ruby, Thelma and Lucille Oberlitner.

She divorced Albert at some point and in December 1931 married John B. Armacost, Sr in the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Banta and Mrs. Lee Fread at the home of Mr. Armacost. Dr. Irwin officiated.

Step-mother of Jessie W. Armacost, John B. Armacost, Jr., and Roslyn G. Armacost.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1880 she was living in Ohio with her parents and siblings.

In 1900 she was living in Ohio with her first husband, Albert, and their children while Albert worked as a blacksmith. In 1910 they lived in Colorado and he still worked as blacksmith.

In 1920 she was living with her husband and younger children in Arkansas and Albert was farming.

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as "widowed" and was a lodger with the Emmaly Swenson family.

After her marriage to John in 1931, the family moved to the Anacoco sawmill unit.  

Job in Colony: In April 1929 Hope Shoemaker, Laura Synoground and Pauline Eggleston prepared and served the evening lunch and the Mesdames Carroll, Maki, Oberlitner and Swenson and Dick Condon provided a fine dinner at the hotel.

In 1930 she was listed as a cook for the colony. In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.

In February 1932 she and her second husband were running the colony boarding house (hotel), with the assistance of his youngest son, Roslyn.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in Washington with her second husband, John and his son, John, Jr.  

Death: She died in 1960 at Colorado and was buried at Lakeside Cemetery there.  

Sources: US Census: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 27, 1929, May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, December 5, 1931, February 20, 1932;  


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