- Born: 16 Aug 1888, Hastings, Ontario, Canada 1,4,22,143,144,145
- Marriage: John W "Jack" Wylie on 27 Apr 1910 in Nipissing, Ontario, Canada
- Died: 5 Jul 1976 aged 87
Etta Sophia Elizabeth Kelusky was born on August 6, 1888 to a family of German Poles originally named Klaustovich, who settled near Bancroft after the Napoleonic wars. Their surname was changed courtesy of the local Irish, who could not pronounce easily.
Etta moved north to the New Liskeard area in order to learn dressmaking. There she met Jack Wylie, a carpenter from a Timmins mine. She married him and in 1910 moved to South Porcupine. Their home was leveled by the great fire of July 11, 1911 in which 85 people died. Etta and her two babies narrowly escaped the flames by fleeing through the woods behind their house, where her husband was waiting for them with a boat by the river. The only possession Jack was able to save was Etta sewing machine. Destitute, the Wylies went to live with Etta mother.
By 1917, Etta had three children. After recovering from a serious bout of pneumonia, Etta developed life-long asthma. Etta decided she wanted her children educated in Toronto. Husband Jack got a job building the Anaconda American Brass Limited and Goodyear factories, which were located near the site now occupied by five housing co-operatives. The site, once a brownfield contaminated by chlorinated chemicals, has been rehabilitated for housing as part of the City of Toronto "smart growth" policy to combat urban sprawl by diverting new GTA residents into the central city.
In 1920 the Wylies rented John McCullam farm north of Highway (Lake Shore Boulevard West), where cattle and wheat were raised.
Noted events in her life were:
• Residence, 1901, Monteagle And Hershel, Hastings (North/Nord), Ontario. 1
• Residence, 1911, Hastings East, Ontario, Canada. 4
Etta married John W "Jack" Wylie, son of Thomas Wylie and Mary Derby, on 27 Apr 1910 in Nipissing, Ontario, Canada. (John W "Jack" Wylie was born on 1 Sep 1887 in Ontario 142,143.)