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Mary Smith
1831 - 1931
Mary Smith was born about 1831 somewhere in Iowa and died in an unknown year in an unknown place. Dates for birth and death are estimated.

Census6/2/1880 Hilton IA (Iowa County) 49 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.  
Census1/1/1925 Harlan Ward 4 IA (Shelby County) 94 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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8 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
13 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
22 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
25 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
28 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
34 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
38 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
46 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
48 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
58 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
64 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
66 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
69 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.
69 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
70 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
71 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
72 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
73 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
75 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
75 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
75 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
81 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
82 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
83 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
92 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
92 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
93 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
95 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
96 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
97 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
3 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
30 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
31 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
51 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
54 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
77 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
81 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
82 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
86 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.
88 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
4 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
6 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
9 1840 Oregon Trail is established
11 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
24 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
29 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
31 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
32 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
34 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
37 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
44 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
45 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
78 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
79 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.
96 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
98 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
99 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
2 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico
78 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
83 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.
86 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
88 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
89 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.

William McLeod
Born about 1829 and died about 1929
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Elizabeth McLeod
Born somewhere in Iowa on May 10, 1860 and died somewhere in Iowa on June 10, 1945. She was 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. ...
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