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William Lee (Pa) Alexander 

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Andrew (Drew) Alexander
3/12/1860 - 12/5/1942

Amanda Endora Woolbright
2/19/1866 - 11/11/1941
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William Lee (Pa) Alexander
4/17/1900 - 3/29/1992
(Shown at age 85)
William Lee (Pa) Alexander was born on April 17, 1900 in Providence, Alabama and died on March 29, 1992 in Mobile, Alabama. He lived to be 92 years old.

Census6/8/1900 Providence AL ( Pickens County) 52 days old 
Dwelling #79, Family #82: Drew Alxander (white male, age 40, born March 1860, married); Sarah (wife, age 33, born Feb 1867); Elizabeth (daughter, age 12, born Dec 1887); Josephas (son, age 8, born Jun 1891); Sarah M (daughter, age 6, born Nov 1893); Mandy L (daughter, age 5, born Mar 1895); William L (son, age 1 month, born Apr 1900); and Thomas H (father, age 91, born Apr 1809, widower). Sarah and Drew have been married 17 years. Sarah has given birth to 8 children and 5 are still living. Drew was born in AL and his father was born in Kentucky and his mother in South Carolina. Sarah was born in AL as were her parents. Thomas says both of his parents were born in Kentucky. All of the adults can read and speak English. Only Sarah, Elizabeth and Josephas can write. Elizabeth and Josephas attended school for 3 months during the prior year. 
Census1/10/1920 Providence AL (Pickens County) 19 yrs old 
Dwelling #100, Family #101: Drew Alexander (white male, age 60, married), Amanda E. (white female, wife, age 53); William L. (son, age 19); Annie G. (daughter, age 16); and Walter R. Woolbright (nephew, age 18). Drew and his family own the house where they live and it is free of any mortgage. Drew is a farmer and both children help with working the farm. All were born in AL as were their parents. All can read and write. None of the children have been attending school.  
Census4/8/1930 Vail AL (Pickens County) 29 yrs old 
Dwelling #68, Family #69: Lee Alexander (white male, age 29) and Vera E. Alexander (white female, 21) are renting the farm where they live. They have been married for two years (she was 19 and he was 27). Both were born in AL and both say their parents were also born in Alabama. Both can read and write and list their occupations as farmers. 
Other3/29/1992  92 yrs old 
Social Security Death Index: William L. Alexander, born 4/17/1900, died 3/29/1992. His SSN was issued in Mississippi before 1951. 

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1 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
2 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
3 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
4 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
6 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
6 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
6 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
12 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
13 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
14 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
23 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
23 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
24 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
26 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
27 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
28 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
36 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
38 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
46 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
47 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
51 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
52 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
57 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.
60 1960 The ruby laser was created by Maiman
62 1962 U.S. astronaut, John Glenn, orbits the earth
65 1965 The first "space walk" was completed by the Soviet Union
71 1971 The first unmanned spacecraft hit Mars and was launched by the Soviet Union
74 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
75 1975 Invention of the CAT scanner (computerized axial tomography)
79 1979 First "test tube baby" from artificial insemination
81 1981 AIDS is identified by scientist; The first reusable space shuttle, Columbia, is sent into space.
86 1986 Moments after liftoff the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing size astronauts and a New Hampshire teacher.
89 1989 An asteroid comes relatively close to colliding with the earth
90 1990 Hubble Space Telescope launched; optical defect discovered and repaired later in 1993.
8 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
12 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
13 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
17 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.
19 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
38 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
39 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
41 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.
50 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
55 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
60 1960 NEWS HEADLINES: The first birth control pill was approved and made available to the public
63 1963 NEWS HEADLINES: On November 22, President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald.
69 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.
70 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.
77 1977 NEWS HEADLINES: Star Wars is released and becomes the biggest ticket selling movie of all time.
84 1984 NEWS HEADLINES: The first Macintosh computer with a mouse is launched and begins the computer age as it is shortly followed by the first PC and Microsoft.
92 1992 NEWS HEADLINES: The "World Wide Web" (Internet) became available for home use through college and university sponsored "freenets".
9 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
10 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.
27 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
29 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
30 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
32 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
33 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!
34 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
34 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.
35 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
39 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
43 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.
44 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
45 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
54 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.
62 1962 The Cuban missile crisis escalates and Americans prepare for a Nuclear War with Fidel Castro in Cuba.
66 1966 The Black Panther party is founded.
67 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.
71 1971 Charles Manson is found guilt of murder.
72 1972 Break-in at the Democratic headquarters sets of the Watergate Scandal.
73 1973 The Vietnam War peace pacts were signed in Paris and the last of the American forces finally leave Vietnam.
77 1977 Jimmy Carter, a Democrat from GA, is elected president.
81 1981 Ronald Reagan is elected president. He will serve two terms. (Republican)
87 1987 President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev meet in Washington and sign an agreement calling for the dismantling of all Soviet and US missiles.
87 1987 January 24 - approximately 20,000 protesters march through Cummings, Georgia in all White Forsyth County.
89 1989 George Bush is elected president. (Republican)
9 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
14 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.
17 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
19 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
20 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.
38 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
39 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.
45 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
89 1989 The Berlin Wall falls uniting communist East Germany and capitalistic West Germany
90 1990 Iraq (Sadam Hussein) invades Kuwait causing the U.N. to impose sanctions. This leads to the Gulf War.
92 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is formed.
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Vera Pratt
Born on April 22, 1905 and died on April 1, 1975
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