Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl Whiteside
Dile was the fourth child born to William and Hattie Whiteside. He first married Edna Hartwig in about 1920. In February, 1924, a newspaper article in the Decatur Review explains how Mrs. Whiteside ran away to California with George E. Wade, a laundry man, who had four kids.
When we were young, we visited my grandmother Leva's brother, Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl in their East Olive home. I had no idea he had been married before, or that his first wife had left him. Imagine my surprise when I found the newspaper article!
By 1930, Dile Whiteside was boarding with Pearl Bloir at 1148 East Olive Street, who had a son Howard Bloir who was 27 and working as a checker at a lumber mill. Pearl was about 44 and was divorced from Greeley Bloir. Dile was 36 and divorced as well. He was a laborer at a foundry and a veteran of WW I.
It wasn't too long until Pearl and Dile married and they continued to live in the Olive street home.
Obituary - Dile Whiteside
Dial* Whiteside, 56, of 1148 E. Olive St., died at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday after an illness of about eight months.
Mr. Whiteside, a resident of Decatur for about 40 years, retired in April after 35 years with the Wagner Castings Co.
He was born Oct. 5, 1895 in Niantic, a son of William and Hattie Davis Whiteside. He married Pearl Ryder, Aug. 2, 1929, in Decatur.
Mr. Whiteside was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Boiling Springs church of God.
He leaves his wife; sisters, Mrs. Burnie (Bernie) Mosley, Niantic, Mrs. Amelia Snelson, Decatur, and Mrs. Leva Hawk, Mechanicsburg; and a brother, Johnny, Niantic. Two brothers preceded him in death.
The body was taken to the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Other arrangements are incomplete.
Decatur Herald & Review, Nov.1, 1961, page 22.
*While his name is spelled various ways, Dile spelled it "Dile" as can be seen on his signature on the Draft Card above.
Obituary - Pearl Ryder Bloir Whiteside
Funeral services for Mrs. Dial (Perela) Whiteside will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Whiteside, 82, of 1148 E. Olive St. was dead on arrival at Decatur and Macon County Hospital at 10:47 a.m. Friday. She had been in failing health for two years.
Mrs. Whiteside was born March 9, 1885, in Macon County, a daughter of James and Melvina Cameron Ryder. She had been a lifelong resident of the area.
She was a member of the Boiling Springs Church of God.
She married Dial Whiteside in 1926 (actually 1929) in Springfield. He died Oct. 31, 1961.
Mrs. Whiteside leaves two brothers, Jack Ryder of Decatur and Homer Ryder of Irving, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Wesley (Helen) Trimmer and Mrs. Verna Spencer, both of Decatur.
Decatur Herald & Review, Sep 10, 1967, page 15