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Willie Belle Ledbetter
4/5/1887 - 11/4/1944
(Shown at age 25)
Willie Belle Ledbetter was born on April 5, 1887 in Campbellton, Florida and died on November 4, 1944 in Calhoun County, Florida. She lived to be 57 years old.

Married in Jackson Co. FL. Burial at Chipola Cemetery in Altha, FL. One son who died young is buried next to her.
Marriage4/28/1906 FL (Jackson County) 19 yrs old 
The marriage of Isaac Henry Etheredge and Willie Belle Ledbetter is recorded in Jackson County, Florida. 
Census4/18/1910 Altha FL (Calhoun County) 23 yrs old 
Recorded as family #46: Isaac Ethridge (age 29) and Willie (wife, age 23). Isaac and both of his parents were born in FL. Willie and her mother were born in FL while her father was born in AL. The couple has been married for 3 years and this is their first marriage. Willie has given birth to 2 children, but none are living. Isaac is self-employed as a farmer working a general farm. Both can read and write. 

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19 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
30 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
41 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.
2 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
8 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
10 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
13 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.
13 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
14 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
15 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
16 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
17 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
19 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
19 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
19 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
25 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
26 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
27 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
36 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
36 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
37 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
39 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
40 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
41 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
49 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
51 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
21 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
25 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
26 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
30 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.
32 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
51 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
52 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
54 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.
22 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
23 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.
40 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
42 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
43 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
45 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
46 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!
47 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.
47 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
48 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
52 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
56 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.
57 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
22 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
27 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.
30 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
32 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
33 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.
51 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
52 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.
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Isaac Ethridge
Born on March 20, 1879 and died on February 16, 1967.
They were married 4/28/1906.

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The Children of Willie Belle Ledbetter

29 years old
Isaac Alonzo Ethridge
Born in Altha, Florida on September 8, 1911 and died in Gadsden Co., Florida on February 21, 1992. He was 80 years old.

Granddaughter Ellen Hulbert remembers him as such a neat person. He was a retired tugboat captain and was at home in the woods. She said he knew the woods of Calhoun, Jackson, Liberty, and surroundi...
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