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John Titus Presley
11/17/1916 - 2/15/1981
(Shown at age 29)
John Titus Presley was born on November 17, 1916 in Bay Co., Florida and died on February 15, 1981 in Jacksonville, Florida. He lived to be 64 years old.

His parents were Lou Tisha Majors Presley (9/30/1887 AL - 8/17/1967 FL) and Marion Frank Presley (3/16/1877 AL - 1936 FL).

He married Myrtle C. Perkins. Their children are Frances Merle, John Earl, Kathen Elaine, Lawrence Preston, and Judith Luann.

He was 5”10”, small frame, not a large man and slender with black, curly hair. He was highly intelligent, a hard worker, and was filled with ambition and direction. He was called Titus growing up, but he preferred John and used that name when he was an adult. His personality was very colorful with an excellent sense of humor. He was a history buff and loved to spend long hours talking with his children and anyone else who would have a good intelligent spar with him. He loved to travel.

He had a Bachelor’s Degree from Jacksonville University and a Masters in Psychology from Jacksonville University. He worked for Kraft Paper Company in Bay County. He was also in the U.S. Army and worked as a Railway Mail Clerk. Later, he worked as a Post Office Supervisor until retirement. He also worked as a Substitute High School Teacher in Orange Park, mostly at the Ed White High School. While particularly talented in the English area, Titus wrote many poems, dealing with everyday life, politics, and family.
Census4/3/1930 Panama City FL (Bay County) 13 yrs old 
#45, #47 - Frank Presley (age 52), Ludie Presley (42), Titus Presley (13), Wilma Presley (6), Blanche Presley (4)& Frank Presley (1), (mother & father in law) John Majors (79) & Catherine Majors (80). They own their home, value $400. Frank and Ludie were married at ages 26 and 16, John & Catherine were married at ages 23 & 24. Frank, Ludie, John & Catherine were born in AL, all others in FL. Frank is a carpenter.  
Census1/1/1935 Millville, Precinct 3 FL (Bay County) 18 yrs old 
Frank Presley (age58), Ludie Presley (47), Titus Presley (18), Wilma Presley (11), Blanche Presley (10) & Theodore Presley (6). Frank & Ludie were born in AL, all others in FL. Frank is a carpenter, he owns his home. All have a grade school education, except Titus has a high school.  
Marriage1/10/1936 FL (Bay County) 19 yrs old 
Myrtle Perkins married J. T. Preasley on Jan. 10, 1936 - vol.4 page 589 # 3713 
Death Certificate2/15/1981 FL (Duval County) 64 yrs old 
John Titus Presley - born: Nov. 17, 1916, died: Feb. 15,1981, age at death:64, race: white 

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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.
63 1979 The sovereign status of the Seminole Indian Tribe allows it to establish the first gambling establishment in FL. It is a bingo hall located on their Hollywood, FL reservation.
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
55 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
58 1974 Discovery of "Lucy" in Africa, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, only 3 and a half feet tall but having adult teeth, a small brain, walked upright
59 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
63 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
65 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
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.
54 1970 NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. forces invade Cambodia and the Vietnam War continues to escalate. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses. Four Kent State University students are killed during a Vietnam War protest.
61 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
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 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
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.
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.
55 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
56 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
57 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
61 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
65 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
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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Myrtle Perkins
Born on March 18, 1918 and died on May 8, 2008.
They were married 1/10/1936.

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