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Alice Elizabeth Ayers 

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William Henry Ayers
2/8/1872 - 2/24/1963

Sarah Elizabeth Peacock
2/6/1871 - 3/27/1966
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Alice Elizabeth Ayers
3/20/1895 - 11/28/1959
Alice Elizabeth Ayers was born on March 20, 1895 in Jackson County, Florida and died on November 28, 1959 in Dothan, Houston County, Alabama. She lived to be 64 years old.

She married Byron Chester Pledger.
Census6/1/1900 Hansford Mill FL (Calhoun County) 5 yrs old 
Recorded as family #570: William Ayers (age 28, born 2/1872), Sarah E. (age 28, born 2/1872), James H. (7, born 10/1892), Allice (5, born 3/1895), Robert D. (3, 6/1896), and Jesser F. (8 months old, born 9/1899). All were born in FL as were their parents. William is a laborer. William and Sarah have been married for 8 years. Sarah has given birth to 4 children and all are still living. William and Sarah can read and write and the older children have been attending school.  
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.
Census4/25/1910 Rocky Creek FL (Jackson County) 15 yrs old 
Recorded as family #163: William H Ayers (age 38), Sarah E. (age 39), James (age 17), Alice (15), Jesse (10), Mannie (8), Hattie (5), and Johnie (age 3). William and Sarah were married when they were 18 years old. Sarah has given birth to 7 children and six are still living. Everyone was born in FL. William's mother was born in NC and Sarah's father in NC and mother in AL. William is a farmer working a general farm and his three oldest children are farm laborers. The four oldest children have been attending school and can read and write. William and Sarah can also read and write.  
Census6/23/1920 Allince FL (Jackson County) 25 yrs old 
family# 101 - W.H. Ayers (age 47), Sarah E. (48),Alice (21),Jesse (20),Mamie (17),Hattie (15) & John (12). All were born in FL. W.H.'s parents were born in FL. Sarah's father in SC & mother in AL. W.H. is a farmer, Sarah keeps house, Alice is a School teacher, Jesse is a farm laborer,& Mamie is a School teacher. Hattie & John attend school. 
Census1/1/1940 Pierson FL (Volusia County) 44 yrs old 
#117- Byron C. Pledger (age 44), Alice E. Pledger (44) both born in FL. Byron occupation Proprietor., House Owned or Rented: Owned, Value of Home: $3500 
Graveyard/Tombstone11/28/1959 Marianna FL (Jackson County) 64 yrs old 
Name: Alice Elizabeth Pledger, Birth Date: March 20, 1895, Death Date: Nov. 28, 1959,

Name: Byron Chester Pledger Birth Date: Aug.31, 1896, Death Date: Oct.14, 1976,
Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, Burial Place: Marianna, Jackson County, Florida 

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11 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
22 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
33 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.
62 1957 The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is organized under the 1934 US Indian Reorganization Act and recognized by the federal government.
2 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
5 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.
5 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
6 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
7 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
8 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
9 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
11 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
11 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
11 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
17 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
18 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
19 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
28 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
28 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
29 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
31 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
32 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
33 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
41 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
43 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
51 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
52 1947 Researches at Bell Labs invent the first transistor
56 1951 The first color television is introduced in the U.S.
57 1952 The first sex-change surgery was performed to change George Jorgensen into Christine Jorgensen.
62 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.
13 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
17 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
18 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
22 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.
24 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
43 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
44 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
46 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.
55 1950 NEWS HEADLINES: On June 25, the Korean War begins and the United Nations officially declaring war on North Korea two days later.
60 1955 NEWS HEADLINES: Rosa Parks refuses to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, AL.
14 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
15 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.
32 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
34 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
35 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
37 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
38 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!
39 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.
39 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
40 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
44 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
48 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.
49 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
50 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
59 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.
14 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
19 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.
22 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
24 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
25 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.
43 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
44 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.
50 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

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