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Clara Elstelle Smith
12/12/1894 - 9/18/1980
(Shown at age 18)
Clara Elstelle Smith was born on December 12, 1894 in Geneva County, Alabama and died on September 18, 1980 in Slocomb, Alabama. She lived to be 85 years old.

Married 1/23/1910 in Geneva Co. AL. Burial at New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Houston Co. AL.
Census1/6/1920 Mehern AL (Geneva County) 25 yrs old 
Listed as family number 79: William B. Howard (age 35), Clara May (wife, age 25), Lucile (age 7), Lillian (age 5), and Leon (son, age 5). William, and his parents, were born in GA. Clara was born in AL, as were her parents. All children were born in AL. William states his occupation as farmer and he is operating a general farm. 
Census5/9/1930 Fadette AL (Geneva County) 35 yrs old 
Listed as family #382: William B. Howard (age 44), Clyde (wife, age 36), Lillian (daughter, age 15), Leon (son, age 15), Alice (daughter, age 9), Lloyd (son, age 6), Jessie N. (daughter, age 4 months) and Henry D. Smith (brother-in-law, age 61). William is unable to read/write but his wife and older children can. William and his parents were born in GA. Everyone else is born in AL. 
Census1/1/1940 Fadette AL (Geneva County) 45 yrs old 
#33 - Clara M. Howard (age 45), Leon Howard (25), Loyd Howard (16), Jessie N Howard (1). All born in AL. 

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1 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
3 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
6 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
6 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.
7 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
8 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
9 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
10 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
12 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
12 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
12 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
18 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
19 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
20 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
29 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
29 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
30 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
32 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
33 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
34 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
42 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
44 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
52 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
53 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
57 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
58 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
63 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.
66 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
68 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
71 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
77 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
80 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
81 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
85 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
14 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
18 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
19 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
23 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.
25 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
44 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
45 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
47 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.
56 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
61 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
66 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
69 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
75 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.
76 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.
83 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
15 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
16 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.
33 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
35 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
36 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
38 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
39 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!
40 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
40 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.
41 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
45 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
49 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.
50 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
51 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
60 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.
68 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
72 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
73 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.
77 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
78 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
79 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
83 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
15 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
20 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.
23 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
25 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
26 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.
44 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
45 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.
51 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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William Howard
Born on April 11, 1886 and died on July 18, 1935
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The Children of Clara Elstelle Smith

Lucille Howard
Born in Slocomb,Geneva County, Alabama on July 10, 1912 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on May 10, 2003. She was 90 years old.

Married 8/19/1928 to Mike Owen "Man Hoss" Register (8/5/1909 - 11/13/1972)in Houston Co. AL. 2nd Marriage 11/3/1981 to Ernie Boyette.

Leonard Earl Register (1935-1995)
Lonnie J. Register (1...
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Leon Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on September 10, 1914 and died in Houston County, Alabama on July 21, 1968. He was 53 years old.

Married 12/30/1934 to Eunice Register in Houston Co. AL.(divorced 1939)
In 1944 he married Helen Jeanette Harding (5/30/1926 AL). ...
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66 years old
Lillian Howard
Born in Slocomb, Geneva County, Alabama on September 10, 1914 and died in Greenville, Mississippi on July 20, 1998. She was 83 years old.

Married Lloyd "Big Boy" Watford (12/1/1912 AL - 12/3/2001)
Robert William (1932-2002)
L.W. (1934-1989)
Cecil (1936-2000)...
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Maudie Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 26, 1917 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on October 18, 1917. This child lived to be only 53 days old.

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Alice Virgina Howard
Born in Slocomb, Alabama on November 12, 1921 and died in Columbus, Georgia on June 20, 1984. She was 62 years old.

She married Henry Cleveland Denney.
They had seven children:
Kenneth Olin Denney (12/7/1938 -1/1/2007 GA)
Jessie Horace Denney (12/21/1940-6/23/1987 GA)
Billy Wayne Denney (...
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Floyd Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 13, 1923 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on October 19, 1923. This child lived to be about 2 months old.

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Loyd Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on August 13, 1923 and died in Geneva County, Alabama on May 3, 1991. He was 67 years old.

Married Juanita E. Sasser (10/24/1927 Barbour Co. AL -11/16/1994 Rockledge, Brevard Co. FL).
They had two children:
Martha Howard
Sybil Howard
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Jessie Howard
Born in Geneva County, Alabama on October 17, 1925 and died in Columbus, Georgia on October 3, 1980. She was 55 years old.

She married on 2/7/1942 to Cleveland H. Snell in Columbus, GA. ...
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