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William Cane Kent
7/20/1874 - 4/19/1945
William Cane Kent was born on July 20, 1874 somewhere in Florida and died on April 19, 1945 in Jackson County, Florida. Actual date of birth is unknown. He lived to be about 70 years old.

He was called Bill. He married Laura Edenfield (4/4/1876-2/15/1939).

James M. "Omar"
Mattie Lee
Census1/1/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 5 yrs old 
#1 - John Kent (age 55), Matilda Kent (40), Mary Kent (15), William Kent (8), Lincey Kent (6), Levi Kent (3). John and Matilda were born in GA, children in FL. 
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.  
Census1/1/1920 Shady Grove FL (Jackson County) 45 yrs old 
#81 -W. C. Kent (50), Laura Kent (48), Omar Kent (29), Willis Kent (15), Laurie Kent (13), David Kent (11), Anna Kent (9), Allie Kent (3). All were born in FL. W.C. is a farmer  
Census4/17/1940 FL (Jackson County) 65 yrs old 
136 -Otto Davis (age 38), Gladys Davis (28), and father-n-law - Bill Kent (67). Residence in 1935: Rural, Jackson Co., Florida Resident on farm in 1935: No, Otto occupation is a Carpenter, House Owned or Rented: Owned, Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 300, Attended School or College: No, Highest Grade Completed: Otto- 4th grade, Gladys - 8th, Bill - 4th  

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8 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
9 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.
10 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.
32 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
43 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
54 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.
3 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
5 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
15 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
21 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
23 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
26 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.
26 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
27 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
28 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
29 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
30 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
32 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
32 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
32 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
38 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
39 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
40 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
49 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
49 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
50 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
52 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
53 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
54 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
62 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
64 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
8 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
11 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
34 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
38 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
39 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
43 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.
45 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
64 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
65 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
67 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.
1 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
2 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
35 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
36 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.
53 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
55 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
56 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
58 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
59 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!
60 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.
60 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
61 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
65 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
69 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.
70 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
71 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
35 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
40 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.
43 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
45 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
46 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.
64 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
65 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.
71 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

The Children of William Cane Kent

James 'Omar' M. Kent
Born somewhere in Florida on December 14, 1891 and died in Jackson County, Florida on April 24, 1968. He was about 76 years old.

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Gladys A. Kent
Born in Calhoun County, Florida on May 25, 1912 and died in Blountstown, Calhoun County, Florida on January 22, 1987. She was 74 years old.

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Allie Kent
Born somewhere in Florida on September 17, 1917 and died in Leon Co., Florida on May 25, 1982. She was 64 years old.

Her parents were William "Bill" C. (1870-1945)& Laura Kent (1876-1939).
She married George D. Bailey, they had 3 Children: Burns O'Dell Bailey (1932-1968), Laura Davene Bailey & Royce Wayne Bailey...
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