Doctor Issac Sides Obituary




From a newspaper clipping at the Colon Community Historical Society Museum, dated March 18, 1904: “At the Ripe Old Age of 84 Colon’s pioneer Physician Passes Away. Last Friday afternoon, at about 3 o’clock, after failing health for several years and recent sickness of four weeks, Dr. Issac Sides passed from this life, aged 84 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Dr. Issac Sides, a physician and influential citizen of Colon, being the elder of two children, was born in the city of Harrisburg, Pa., January 7, 1820. His parents both died while he was quite young, and his early years were passed with his mother’s sister, Miss Sarah McNutt, of Millersburg, Pa. At nine years of age he went to Lewiston, Pa., to the home of his aunt, Mrs. Mary Meishelmer, with whom he lived until he was 17 years old. He graduated from the high school when 18, and in his 20th year entered a medical college.

March 18, 1841, he married to Miss Elizabeth Strunk, and in 1856 they located to Colon. To this union were born three children, Charles, who died at 10 months of age; Juniatta E., widow of E. S. Schermerhorn, and George M., both of whom are residents of Colon and were able to be with their father in his last illness. The mother departed this life June 27, 1885.

Dr. Sides again married January 1, 1890, to Mrs. Harriett Pitts, who has been a faithful wife and helper to him in his declining years. Dr. Sides not only loved his own children but exhibited a father’s love for his step-daughter, Miss Dora Pitts, which was tenderly reciprocated.

Dr. Sides is an active member of the democratic party and was postmaster at Colon during President Cleveland’s first administration.

His parents were Presbyterians, his sister Methodist, his wife Presbyterian. He himself was friendly to church organizations and joined the Congregational church a few years ago, and during his illness claimed the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of his redemption.

He has been prominent for more than 60 years in the I. O. O. F., having passed through its various degrees and served in many of its most honorable offices. Also has been an active member of the F. & A. M. for 50 years. The members of both orders regarding him with reverences and love as a patriarch in their work.

The funeral, which was held from the M. E. church last Monday afternoon, was one of the largest ever held in Colon, and was under the auspices off Dennies Lodge, No. 96, of which he was a founder.