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Willis Chapman Wood 

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Almarine 'AJ' Jackson Wood
1824 - 1880

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9/1833 - 1910
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Willis Chapman Wood
8/30/1872 - 5/28/1942
(Shown at age 38)
Willis Chapman Wood was born on August 30, 1872 in Calhoun County, Florida and died on May 28, 1942 in Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida. He lived to be 69 years old.

He marred Lula Green Armstrong (1880-2/14/1915). She was the daughter of Jefferson Benjamin Armstrong (1846) and Margaret Lee Nall (1847)

Children: Almarine Jackson Wood (1899-1980)
Jessie William Wood(1902)
Walter Ventriss Wood (1906)
Edgar Roy Wood (1908)
Arthur Otis Wood (1910)
Laura Ruth Wood (1912 -1992)
Census6/10/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 7 yrs old 
page 293 - A. J. Wood (age 65), Sarah Wood (44), William M. Wood (22), Charles Wood (11), Willis Wood (7). A.J. was born in GA, as were his parents. Sarah was born in SC, as were her parents. Children were born in FL. A.J. is a farmer, William and Charles are farmer laborers.  
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1880: Blountstown was declared the seat of Calhoun County in 1880. Prior to that, Abe Springs had been the county seat. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.  
Census1/1/1900 Shiloh FL (Calhoun County) 27 yrs old 
#116 -Willis C. Wood (age 27- Aug.1872), Green Wood (22 -June 1878), Jackson Wood (1- March 1899), mother-Sarah Wood (66- Sept. 1833)Willis was born in FL, his father in FL, mother in SC. Green was born in FL, as were her parents. Sarah was born in SC, as were her parents. Jackson was born in FL. Willis and Green have been married two years, they have one child. Willis is a farmer. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1900: The first automobile, nick-named Chicken Killer, arrives in Blountstown in 1905. The photo on the right shows The Chicken Killer. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Census1/20/1920 Shiloh, district 12 FL (Calhoun County) 47 yrs old 
Family# 261, W.C. Wood (age 48),Jesse Wm.(17),Walter Vensters? (14),Edar Roy(12),Artur Otto(10)& Laura (7). W.C. is a farmer & a widow. All were born in FL & can read & write. 
Census1/1/1940 FL (Calhoun County) 67 yrs old 
page 5A #93-Willis Wood (age 67), Nettie Christine Wood (42), daughter -Valda C. lewis (24). Willis is a farmer, his highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade. Nettie was first married at age 17, her highest Grade Completed: High School, 2nd year. Valda is a waitress, her highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade. Street: Near Abes Springs Road. Residence in 1935: Same Place  
Graveyard/Tombstone5/28/1942 Shioh FL (Calhoun County) 69 yrs old 
Willis C. Wood -Aug. 30, 1872 - May 28, 1942

Lula Green Wood - 1880 -Feb. 14, 1915 

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10 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
11 1883 Three railroad companies are merged to form the Florida Transit and Penisular Railroad Company. Thee are: Florida Transit Railroad Co., Peninsular Railroad Co, and the Tropical Florida Railroad Co.
12 1884 Most railroads in Florida are passed into the hands of a single company owned and operated by a single management, under the name of The Florida Railway and Navigation Company. It has more that 500 miles of main track in operation and about 300 miles of track under construction. The longest route was the "Western Division" which ran from Tallahassee to Jacksonville - 209 miles.
34 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
45 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
56 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.
5 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
7 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
17 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
23 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
25 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
28 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.
28 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
29 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
30 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
31 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
32 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
34 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
34 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
34 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
40 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
41 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
42 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
51 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
51 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
52 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
54 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
55 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
56 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
64 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
66 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
10 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
13 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
36 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
40 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
41 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
45 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.
47 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
66 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
67 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
69 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.
3 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
4 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
37 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
38 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.
55 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
57 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
58 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
60 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
61 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!
62 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
62 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.
63 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
67 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
37 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
42 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.
45 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
47 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
48 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.
66 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
67 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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Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wood
Mr. and Mrs. Willis Wood
Willis and grandson Jack
Willis and grandson Jack

Lula Armstrong
Born about 1876 and died on February 14, 1915
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The Children of Willis Chapman Wood

21 years old
Almarine Jackson Wood
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on March 16, 1899 and died in Calhoun County, Florida on September 18, 1980. He was 81 years old.

He went by "Jack". He married Julia Ann Pitts(10/28/1902 -5/29/1988). They had a son, James Eugene Wood (12/15/1921-1/14/1972) -married Linda Faye Layfield...
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