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Harley James Wilds  Sr.

 Parents 
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Samuel Charles Wilds
12/31/1885 - 3/7/1959

Della Brooks
10/1/1887 - 9/25/1967
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Harley James Wilds Sr.
1/14/1916 - 5/8/1969
(Shown at age 26)
Harley James Wilds, Sr., was born on January 14, 1916 in Melford, Illinois and died on May 8, 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida. He lived to be 53 years old.

Harley was a Master Sergeant and a gunner on a B-25 in the US Air Force and stationed in various places during World War II. He was shot down over Julich Germany and taken as a POW. He survived the death march to Poland and was liberated.
Records
Census1/15/1920 Van Buren IN (Brown County) 4 yrs old 
Recorded as family #89: Samuel Wilds (age 34), Della (wife, age 33), Gladys (daughter, age 12), Telma (daughter, age 7), Harold (son, age 8), Harley (son age 3 years and 11 months). The two youngest children (Harold and Harley) were born in Illinois while everyone else was born in Indiana. Samuel states that his father was born in England and his mother in Indiana. He also states that he is working on a farm as a laborer.  Source:  Note:  Parents are listed at the bottom of one page and children at the top of the next (without their last name).
Census4/15/1930 Pilot Grove MN (Faribault County) 14 yrs old 
Recorded as family #105: Samuel C. Wilds (age 43, born in Indiana), Della (wife, age 43, born in Indiana), Harold (son, age 17, born in Indiana), Harley (son, age 14, born in Illinois), Hershal (son, age 11, born in Indiana), Sylvia (daughter, age 9, born in Iowa), Horace (son, age 7, born in Iowa). Samuel and Della were married when they were 18 years old. All of the children are attending school and those 11 years old and older can read and write. They are renting a home and own a radio. Samuel's father was born in England and his mother in Germany. Della's parents were born in Indiana. Samuel states his occupation as farmer and does not provide an estimate for his property. Samuel also states that he is a veteran. 
Military9/29/1944 IA  28 yrs old 
Name:Harley J. Wilds, Race: white, Residence: Iowa, Report date: Sept.29, 1944, Last report: July 1944, Grade: Staff Sergeant, Grade report: Major or Asst. superintendent of nurses or Director of nurses or Director of dietitians or Director of physical therapy aides or Staff Sergeant or Technician 3d Grade or Lt. Commander or Petty Officer, 2nd Class
Service Branch:Army, Arm or Service:Air Corps, Organization Type: Bombardment, Light, Parent Unit Type:Group/Regiment/Commands/System, European Theatre: Germany, Detaining Country:Germany, Camp:091, Status: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated, Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.  
Census1/1/1945 Blountstown, precint 1 FL (Calhoun County) 28 yrs old 
J. I. Davis (age 57 ), Florence Davis (50), Stenson Davis(32), Delano Howard (12), Amos Howard Jr.(10) George B. Howard (8), Sandra Joe Howard (6), Ronnie Johnson (4).
next door - Harley Wilds(29), Josephine Wilds(29), Silvia Wilds(2) & Harley Wilds Jr.(0) - All were born in FL, except Harley born in Iowa, he is in the Army and has a 11th gr. education. J.I. has a 2nd gr., Florence a 7th gr., Stenson has a 7th, Delano a 7th gr. and Josephine has a 7th grade education. Amos has a 5th gr. and George has a 2nd gr. education. J. I. is a Policeman.  
Other1/1/1946 FL (Calhoun County) 29 yrs old 
Florida Divorce Index - H. J. Wilds divorced Josephine D. Wilds - book: 368 - Certificate Number: 20698 
Newspaper3/7/1959 MN (Freeborn County) 43 yrs old 
Samuel Wilds Dies at Age 73
Samuel C. Wilds, 607 East 8th Street, 73, died at 10:03 p.m. Saturday night at Naeve Hospital. Ill for two years, death was caused by cancer.
A native of Queensville, Ind., he was born Dec. 31, 1885. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wilds, Sr.
He married Stella May Brooks in 1903 at Columbus, Ind. A farmer most of his life he lived at Carroll, Iowa until 1928 when he moved to a farm near Blue Earth. He has been an employe at Wilson & Co. since moving to Albert Lea 15 years ago.
A member of the First Methodist Church he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and one daughter Mrs. Lynn (Gladys) Knight.
His wife, Della May and six children survive. The two duaghters are Mrs. Thomas (Velma) Pachl and Mrs. Sylvia O'Rourko both of Albert Lea. The sons are Harold H., Herschel E. and Horace G. all of Albert Lea and M.Sgt. Harley J. Wilds stationed at San Antonio, Tex. Also surviving are 24 grandchildren, and six sisters and 2 brothers in Indiana.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul W. Neal officiating. Burial will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call at the Bonnerup and Son Funeral Home. 
Other5/8/1969 Pensacola FL (Escambia County) 53 yrs old 
Social Security Death Index: Harley J. Wilds, SSN issued in Iowa before 1951, born 1/14/1916 and died May 1969. He was a resident of Jacksonville, FL at the time of his death. 
Graveyard/Tombstone5/9/1969 Graceland Cemetery MN  53 yrs old 
Harley J. Wilds - Minnesota - M SGT US Air Force WW II 

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1 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
12 1928 The Tamiami Trail opens. It opens the southernmost 275 miles of U.S. Highway 41 from State Road 60 in Tampa to U.S. Route 1 (SR 5) in Miami, Florida to tourist. It also destroys many of the Seminole Indian waterways and hinders their economy.
41 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
46 1962 The Seminole Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
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7 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
7 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
8 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
10 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
11 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
12 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
20 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
22 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
30 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
31 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
35 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
36 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
41 1957 Sputnik is launched by the Soviets and becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth. It marks the beginning of the great "space race" between the Soviet Union and the U.S.
44 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
46 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
49 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
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1 1917 NEWS HEADLINES: In June, the United States enters World War I on the side of the allies. The Russian Revolution ends the reign of the czars and thrusts Russia into communism.
3 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
22 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
23 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
25 1941 NEWS HEADLINES: December 7, 1941 -- Japan launches a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the US officially declares war on Japan the following day. World War II begins for American soldiers.
34 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
39 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
44 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
47 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
53 1969 NEWS HEADLINES: In July, the U.S. becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to step on the lunar surface.
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11 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
13 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
14 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
16 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
17 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected president under his "New Deal" campaign. Frances Perkins becomes the first woman to hold a cabinet post when FDR appoints her secretary of labor. On December 5, the 21st Amendment is added to the Constitution, repealing Prohibition. Drinks for everyone!
18 1934 Farm families must leave the dust bowl-stricken Great Plains areas. The dust bowl includes areas in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Arkansas. Radio picks up the "Okie" songs. In all, 400,000 people leave the Great Plains.
18 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
19 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
23 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
27 1943 Japanese Americans are relocated to internment camps; Almost 400,000 coal miners go on strike; Race riots break out in Los Angeles and Detroit.
28 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
29 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
38 1954 The nationally televised McCarthy hearings lead to Senator Joseph McCarthy's downfall; Segregation by race in schools is declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; Congress adds the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and requires "In God We Trust" to appear on all American currency.
46 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
50 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
51 1967 Martin Luther King leads an anti Vietnam protest in New York; The American Indian Movement is founded; Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King are assassinated; Three Apollo astronauts are killed in a fire on the launch pad.
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1 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
3 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
4 1920 Adolph Hitler begins to organize the Nazi party in Germany; The Ku Klux Klan launches a recruitment campaign using mass marketing techniques to gain 85,000 new recruits; the first commercial broadcast is made.
22 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
23 1939 Hitler takes over all of Czechoslovakia. On Sept. 1st, Germany invades Poland. On Sept. 3rd, Great Britain and France declare war on Germany. World War II has begun.
29 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Florence Davis
Born on May 12, 1915 and died on July 19, 2002.
They were married 1/1/1942.

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The Children of Harley James Wilds Sr.

17 years old
Sylvia Joesphine Wilds
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on March 10, 1943 and died in Pensacola (Escambia Co), Florida on October 10, 1968. She was 25 years old.

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33 years old
Harley 'Jimbo' James Wilds Jr.
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on August 23, 1944 and died in Pensacola (Escambia Co), Florida on January 6, 1994. He was 49 years old.

James was an Army medic and served in the Vietnam War. He left the Army and joined the Air force staying in the medical field. He was stationed in Wichita Fall, KS; Tyndall Air Force Base, FL ; Izmir,...
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