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Della  Brooks 



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Della Brooks
10/1/1887 - 9/25/1967
(Shown at age 56)
Della Brooks was born on October 1, 1887 in Bartholomew Co., Indiana and died on September 25, 1967 in Freeborn Co., Minnesota. She lived to be 80 years old.

Her parents were Cornelius Brooks (1858-1900) and America Frances Banks Brooks (1861-1927)

Her children were:
  1. Gladys Frances (1907 -1946)
  2. Velma Effie (1910-1970)
  3. Harold Hubert (1912-1960)
  4. Harley James (1916-1969)
  5. Herhel Eugene (1920-1978)
  6. Sylvia May (1921-1983)
  7. Horace Greenly (1923-1989)
Marriage3/13/1903 IN (Bartholomew County) 15 yrs old 
The marriage of Samuel Wilds and Della Brooks is recorded in Book C-15, page 328 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. 
Census1/15/1920 Van Buren IN (Brown County) 32 yrs old 
Recorded as family #89: Samuel Wilds (age 34), Della (wife, age 33), Gladys (daughter, age 12), Telma (daughter, age 7), Harold (son, age 8), Harley (son age 3 years and 11 months). The two youngest children (Harold and Harley) were born in Illinois while everyone else was born in Indiana. Samuel states that his father was born in England and his mother in Indiana. He also states that he is working on a farm as a laborer.  Source:  Note:  Parents are listed at the bottom of one page and children at the top of the next (without their last name).
Census4/15/1930 Pilot Grove MN (Faribault County) 42 yrs old 
Recorded as family #105: Samuel C. Wilds (age 43, born in Indiana), Della (wife, age 43, born in Indiana), Harold (son, age 17, born in Indiana), Harley (son, age 14, born in Illinois), Hershal (son, age 11, born in Indiana), Sylvia (daughter, age 9, born in Iowa), Horace (son, age 7, born in Iowa). Samuel and Della were married when they were 18 years old. All of the children are attending school and those 11 years old and older can read and write. They are renting a home and own a radio. Samuel's father was born in England and his mother in Germany. Della's parents were born in Indiana. Samuel states his occupation as farmer and does not provide an estimate for his property. Samuel also states that he is a veteran. 
Death Certificate9/25/1967 Freeborn MN  80 yrs old 
The death of Della May Wilds, born 10/1/1887, is recorded on 9/25/1967 on state file number 022258. Her mother's maiden name is Banks. She died in Freeborn. 

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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 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
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.
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 The triode vacuum tube is invented
19 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
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 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
36 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
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
59 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
60 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
64 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
65 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
70 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.
73 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
75 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
78 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
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.
63 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
68 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
73 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
76 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
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")
58 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
67 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.
75 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
79 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
80 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.
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.
58 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Harley and his Mother
Harley and his Mother

Samuel Wilds
Born on December 31, 1885 and died on March 7, 1959.
They were married 3/3/1903.

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The Children of Della Brooks

26 years old
Harley James Wilds Sr.
Born in Melford, Illinois on January 14, 1916 and died in Jacksonville, Florida on May 8, 1969. He was 53 years old.

Harley was a Master Sergeant and a gunner on a B-25 in the US Air Force and stationed in various places during World War II. He was shot down over Julich Germany and taken as a POW. He survived the de...
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