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Alexander Colley Auten 

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Jacob Cotner Auten
1/27/1813 - 9/10/1893

Rebecca Colley
10/4/1819 - 3/5/1907
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Alexander Colley Auten
7/20/1839 - 12/20/1933
(Shown at age 31)
Alexander Colley Auten was born on July 20, 1839 in Fredericktown, Ohio and died on December 20, 1933 somewhere in Iowa. He lived to be 94 years old.

He married Lois Dillison Foate (10/18/1839 - 6/8/1920).
They had two sons:
Frank McCellan Auten (10/2/1864-9/30/1955) - married Suzie Mae Morris (1880)
Jay Cotner Auten (9/16/1872-3/17/1888)

At his wedding someone remarked "Well since you both come from large families, I suppose you'll have a big family." Alex replied " We'll see about that!" They moved to Murphy, Iowa in 1865. He was a farmer of 40 acres and was known to have the neatest farm in the area. In 1890 he bought 80 acres with his brother Frank in Kellogg. He death was caused by a broken hip. He refused to eat and died within a week.
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Census8/6/1850 Berlin Township OH (Knox County) 11 yrs old 
Recorded as family #403: J. C. Auten (age 38), Rebecca (age 35), Henry C. (age 12), Alex (age 10), Elisa (age 9), Wesley (age 6), W. Allen (age 3). J. C. is a farmer and estimates the value of his property to be $1, 000. All were born in PA. The four oldest children have been attending school. The family of Henry M. Auten (age 55) is recorded next on the page. 
Military7/1/1863 OH (Berlin County) 23 yrs old 
Schedule list of all persons subject to do mitary duty in the 13th district, class I: #5 -Alexander Auten - age 23, born in Ohio, married or unmarried: Married, Occupation: Farmer  
Census7/29/1870 Buena Vista IA (Jasper County) 31 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #172: Alexander Auten (age 31), Lois (age 30) and Frank (age 5). Alexander is a farmer and estimates the value of his real estate to be $1, 200 and personal estate to be $800. 00. All were born in Ohio. Eli Slagel, a white male, and his family of 14 also reside at dwelling #172. 
Census8/3/1880 Buena Vista IA (Jasper County) 41 yrs old 
Recorded as family #483: A. C. Auten (age 41), Lois (age 40), Frank (age 15) and Jacob (age 8). A. C. is a farmer. All were born in Ohio except Jacob, who was born in Iowa. 
Census5/5/1910 Buena Vista IA (Jasper County) 70 yrs old 
Listed as family #194: Alexander Auten (age 70, born in Ohio and both parents born in PA), Lois (wife, age 70, born in Ohio and her father was born in New York while her mother was born in New Jersey). They have been married for 48 years, had two children and one of their children is still living. Alexander is farmer and both can read and write. Frank Auten (age 45) is also listed with his family on the same page. 
Census1/22/1920 Buena Vista IA (Jasper County) 80 yrs old 
Listed as family #194: Alexander Auten (age 80, born in Ohio and both parents born in PA), Lois (wife, age 80, born in Ohio and her father was born in New York while her mother was born in New Jersey). Alexander is farmer and both can read and write. Frank Auten (age 55) is also listed with his family on the same page. 
Census4/13/1930 Buena Vista IA (Jasper County) 90 yrs old 
Recorded as family #141: Frank M. Auten (head, age 65), Ardie B. (wife, age 49), Albert C. (son, age 12), Melvin F. (son, age 11), Melvin F. (son, age 4 and eight months), Alexander C. (father, age 90). Frank and Alexander were born in Ohio and everyone else in Iowa. The two oldest boys have been attending school. They own their home, which is a farm and they also own a Radio. Jay N. Auten and his family are recorded as family #142. 

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5 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
14 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
17 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
20 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
26 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
30 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
38 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
40 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
50 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
56 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
58 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
61 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
61 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.
62 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
63 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
64 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
65 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
67 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
67 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
67 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
73 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
74 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
75 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
84 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
84 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
85 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
87 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
88 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
89 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
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22 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
23 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
43 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
46 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
69 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
73 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
74 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
78 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.
80 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
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1 1840 Oregon Trail is established
3 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
16 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
21 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
23 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
24 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
26 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
29 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
36 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
37 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
70 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
71 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.
88 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
90 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
91 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
93 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
94 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!
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70 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
75 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.
78 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
80 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
81 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.
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Lois Foate
Born on October 18, 1839 and died on June 8, 1920
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