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Ettleman, Margaret Bobbitt, 1877-1984



  • Existence: 1877 - 1984


Margaret Bobbitt Ettleman was born January 26, 1877 in Lewis, Iowa to Benjamin Claiborne Bobbitt and Laura Virginia Littlefield Bobbitt. In 1878, the family moved to a farm southwest of Sidney, Iowa. Margaret Bobbitt graduated from Sidney High School in 1895 and to the University of Nebraska to receive a teaching certificate. While teaching in a country school, she met her future husband, Wallace Ettleman, who farmed north of Sidney. They married on May 31, 1913. Margaret Bobbitt Ettleman and her husband raised three children: Virginia, Frances, and Howard. In 1946, they moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska due to Wallace Ettleman's health. He died in 1947.

Shortly after her eightieth birthday, Ettleman went to live with her daughter Virginia and her husband, Floyd Smith. She stayed there two years before moving to the Cromwell Home in Blair, NE. She lived there for seven years and acted as hostess, answering the phone and greeting visitors. Ettleman eventually outlived the home, so she returned to the Smiths, remaining there for sixteen years until her death in 1984.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Margaret Bobbitt Ettleman papers

 Collection — Folder 1: Series 1
Identifier: IWA0711

The 1951 memoir describes rural life in nineteenth century Iowa and Indiana.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Dates: 1951-1984