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Elizabeth  McLeod 

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William McLeod
1829 - 1929

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1831 - 1931
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Elizabeth McLeod
5/10/1860 - 6/10/1945
Elizabeth McLeod was born on May 10, 1860 somewhere in Iowa and died on June 10, 1945 somewhere in Iowa. Dates for birth and death are estimated. She lived to be about 85 years old.

Her father was born in Scotland and her mother was born in England. Burial beside her husband at Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Shelby County, Iowa.
Census6/2/1880 Hilton IA (Iowa County) 20 yrs old 
The family of David Fleming (age 61) is recorded beginning on line 21: He lives with his wife Annie (age 58) and Jacob Knudson (age 33) who is his servant and works on the farm. David is a farmer. He and his wife were born in Scotland. Jacob and his parents were born in Norway.

William McLeod and his wife, Mary, live next door. William was born in Scotland, his wife in England, and their children in Iowa. Their children: Elizabeth (daughter, age 22), Ellen (daughter, age 20), William (son, age 18), George (son, age 16), Arthur (son, age 14), Hannah (daughter, age 12), May (daughter, age 10). William is a farmer and his daughter Ellen is teaching school.  
Census6/22/1900 Greeley IA (Shelby County) 40 yrs old 
Recorded as family #126: Jacob Knudson (age 55), Lizzie (wife, age 41), Louie (son, age 17, born 2/1883), Merle (son, age 14, born 9/1885), Ella (daughter, age 11, born 9/1888), Florence (daughter, age 9, 12/1890), Dilbert (son, age 5, born 4/1895), Willis (son, age 2, 6/1897). Lizzie has given birth to 6 children and all are still living. Jacob was born in Norway while Lizzie and the children were born in Iowa. Lizzie's father was born in Scotland and her mother in England. Both of Jacob's parents were born in Norway. Jacob indicates that he immigrated to the US in 1877 (23 years ago) and he is not a citizen. Jacob is a farmer. All of the children, except the youngest, are attending school. All can read, write and speak English. 
Census4/16/1910 Shelby IA (Jefferson County) 49 yrs old 
Recorded as family #23: Jacob Knudson (age 64), Elizabeth (age 53), Murl (son, age 24), Florence (daughter, age 18), Delbert (age 15), and Willie (age 11). Jacob was born in northern Norway and Elizabeth and children were born in Iowa. Jacob's parents were also born in Northern Norway and Elizabeth's parents were both born in England. Jacob lists his occupations as teaming and odd jobs. Murl is a manager of a ????. All adults indicate they speak English and can read and write.  
Census4/29/1910 Chicago IL  50 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Elizabeth McLeod.  Lizzie K. Knudson (age 50) and Dagmar K. Knudson (female, age 16) are recorded as boarders. Lizzie has been married for 25 years but does not state that she is widowed. She has given birth to three children and all three are still living. 
Census1/1/1925 Harlan Ward 4 IA (Shelby County) 64 yrs old 
Recorded as house #2126 beginning on line 1: Florrine Schwab (age 30), Jacob Knudson (father, age 81), Elizabeth Knudson (mother, 69), Roma Schwab (daughter, 11), and Russle Schwab (son, 8). Florrine is a widow and the family lives in a rented house that costs them $20 a month. She was born in Iowa, completed high school and can read and write. Jacob Knudson has been in the United States 51 years. He was born in Norway. He completed grade school (7th grade) and can read and write. His father was Neigh Knudson and he does not know the name of his mother, however, he says both parents were born in Norway. Elizabeth Knudson was born in Iowa, completed 8th grade and can read and write. Her father was William McLeod born in Scotland. Her mother was Mary ? born in England. The children have been attending school.  

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5 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
9 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
17 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
19 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
29 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
35 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
37 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
40 1900 The cause of yellow fever is discovered. It is proven that the fever is spread by mosquitoes. This rallies an effort to provide better mosquito control.
40 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
41 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
42 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
43 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
44 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
46 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
46 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
46 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
52 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
53 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
54 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
63 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
63 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
64 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
66 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
67 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
68 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
76 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
78 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
1 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
2 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
22 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
25 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
48 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
52 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
53 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
57 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.
59 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
78 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
79 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
81 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.
2 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
3 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
5 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
8 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
15 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
16 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
49 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
50 1910 Boy Scout and Girl Scout Organizations are introduced in America and the concept of a "week end" meaning time off from regular work begins to take root. The British Empire covers 1/5th of the world land area.
67 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
69 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
70 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
72 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
73 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!
74 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
74 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.
75 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
79 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
83 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.
84 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
85 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
49 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
54 1914 World War I - Following the crisis touched off by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo, Germany declared war on Russia and additional countries joined the war within several days.
57 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
59 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
60 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.
78 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
79 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.
85 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Hans Knudson
Born on September 20, 1843 and died on August 2, 1928
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The Children of Elizabeth McLeod

33 years old
Delbert Alden Knudson
Born in Irwin, Iowa on April 1, 1895 and died in an unknown location about 1944. He was about 48 years old.

His parents came from Norway and could not speak English. He was the first generation born in America. He was Nicknamed 'Del' and had a wooden leg due to a fire injury as a child. His leg caught on...
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