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Pierce Franklin Halley 

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Caleb Joshua Halley
5/15/1834 - 6/6/1909

Mary Elizabeth Franklin
11/13/1844 - 10/17/1918
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Pierce Franklin Halley
6/1/1874 - 10/24/1940
(Shown at age 65)
Pierce Franklin Halley was born on June 1, 1874 in Blountstown, Florida and died on October 24, 1940 in Blountstown, Florida. He lived to be 66 years old.

Married on (9/7/1893) to
Mary Elinder Parish (3/19/1872 to 8/5/1971).
Children: Ada P. (1/14/1895), William Edgar 9/13/1901-2/13/1938)& Nathaniel ( ).

He served in WWI and county commissioner. Burial at Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown, FL.
Census6/12/1880 Abe Springs FL (Calhoun County) 6 yrs old 
Starting on line 1: Caleb Holley (age 45, born in AL and both parents in NC), Mary (age 36, wife, she and parents were born in GA), Nancy (age 15, daughter), John (age 12, son), Mary (age 8, daughter), Pierce (age 6, son), Susan (age 4, daughter), Gadsden (age 2, son), Cehas (age 1 month, son). All of the children report that they were born in FL, father in AL, mother in GA. Mary (wife) and the younger children indicate they cannot read or write. 
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.  
Census6/1/1885 FL (Calhoun County) 11 yrs old 
Florida State Census, Dwelling Number 153/Family #169: Caleb Halley (age 52), Mary (age 35), Jno (age 16), Nancy (age 19), Porlier (age 15), Price (age 13), Susan (age 10), Gaddis (age 9), Charlie (age 7), and Emma (age 3). Caleb is a farmer and says he was born in Alabama and the birth place of both parents is unknown. Mary was born in Florida and both parents in GA. All of the children were born in FL. 
Additional information about Calhoun County, FL around 1885: The principle towns in Calhoun County were Blountstown, Marysville, Chipola, Selman, Ocheesee, and Abe Springs. In 1884 railroads in Florida were bought out by one company and placed under central management. River Junction, located at the junction of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, is the closest railroad and the primary hub of land transports. The photo on the right shows the iron bridge than spans the Chattahoochee River about a mile from the Depot at River Junction where wharves, storage, steamboats and hotels bussel with activity. Click the photo for a larger view. Click here to see a map from this timeperiod.
Marriage9/7/1893 FL (Calhoun County) 19 yrs old 
On page #235 - Pearce Franklin Halley married Mary E. Parish on Sep 7, 1893  
Census6/27/1900 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 26 yrs old 
Listed as family #242: Pearce Halley (age 26, born May 1874), Mary (wife, age 27, born May 1873), Aela (daughter, age 3, born Dec. 1896) Pearce and Mary have been married for seven years and Mary has given birth to four children -- only one is still living. All were born in FL and so were their parents. Pearce is a farm laborer and both adults can read, write and speak English. 
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.
Census4/18/1910 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 35 yrs old 
Recorded as family #74: P. F. Halley (age 35), Mary (wife, age 38), Ada (daughter, age 14), Edgar (son, age 8), Nathaniel (son, age 5) and C. S. O'Bryan (hand, white, age 21, single). Mary has given birth to six children and three are still living. All were born in FL as were their parents. P. F. is a market man working in a beef market. All, except the two youngest children, can read and write. Ada and Edgar have been attending school. 
Marriage9/11/1918 FL (Calhoun County) 44 yrs old 
WWI Draft Registration Card #7441: Pierce Franklin Halley, born June 1st and is 44 years old, states his present occupation as county commission of state for mining. His nearest relative is Mary E. Halley. He is of medium height, stout build and the color of ___ is brown. 
Census1/17/1920 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 45 yrs old 
dweling#144, family #199: Pierce R. Halley (age 46), Mary (wife, age 48), Ada (daughter, age 24), Edgar (son, age 18), Nathinael (son, age 15). All can read and write, but Edgar and Nathinael have not been attending school. All were born in FL. Pierce and Mary say their father was born in FL and mother in GA. Pierce is a farmer working his own farm. Edgar is working as a laborer on the family farm. 
Census4/4/1930 Blountstown FL (Calhoun County) 55 yrs old 
Listed as family #83: Pierce F. Halley (age 56), Mary E. (wife, age 58) and Ada C. (daughter, age 32). Pierce was 20 and Mary was 22 years old when they were first married. All can read and write and none have attended school. Ada is single. All were born in FL and so were their parents. Pierce estimates the value of his home to be $1, 000 and they do not live on a farm. Pierce is a proprietor working in a bottling plant and he is not a veteran. Ada is a teacher working in the public school. Pierce's brother, Joseph and his family are the next family listed on the census. 
Death Certificate10/24/1940 FL (Calhoun County) 66 yrs old 
Florida Death Index: Pieree Franklin Holley died in 1940 in Calhoun County, FL. 

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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 The triode vacuum tube is invented
32 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
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
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 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
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.
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.
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.
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Mary Parrish
Born on March 19, 1872 and died on August 5, 1971.
They were married 9/7/1893.

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60 years old
Ada Perlina Halley
Born in Calhoun Co., Florida on January 14, 1895 and died in Calhoun Co., Florida on December 14, 1991. She was 96 years old.

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