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Ira Willard Bailey 

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Gadi Bailey
12/14/1844 - 5/1/1901

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4/25/1844 - 1/3/1929
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Ira Willard Bailey
11/4/1881 - 4/4/1946
Ira Willard Bailey was born on November 4, 1881 in Calhoun Co., Florida and died on April 4, 1946 in Calhoun Co., Florida. He lived to be 64 years old.

He married Nettie Estel Sheffield (1/30/1889 - 1/13/1977).
They had five children:
George W. Bailey (1910 -1967)
Earnest Gadi Bailey (1912)
Jewel Bailey (1914)
Coy Lee Bailey
Ruby C. Bailey
Census6/1/1900 Board Head FL (Calhoun County) 18 yrs old 
#704 - Gadi Bailey (age56 - Dec.1843), Bertha E. Bailey (56 -April 1844), Bryant M. Bailey (23 - Oct. 1876), Ira W. Bailey (18- Nov.1881), Elizabeth Bailey (17- Jan.1883), Benjamin W. Bailey (15-Nov. 1884) & John M. Bailey (11-Dec. 1888). Gadi and Bertha have been married 33 years, they have 10 children, all are living. Gadi was born in SC, as were his parents. Bertha was born in GA, as were her parents. Gadi is a farmer, Bryant and Ira are farm laborers.

next door -#705(daughter & family) Edward Hires(31 -May 1869), Elizabeth (20-Oct. 1879), Gadi E. (3 - Nov. 1896), Rassi (1 -Dec. 1897) & Martha (5mo. - Dec. 1899). Edward is a farm laborer, he was born in GA, as were his parents.  
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.
Census4/9/1930 Millers Ferry FL (Washington County) 48 yrs old 
Recorded as dwelling #70, family #71: Ira I. Bailey (age 49), Neta M. Bailey (37), George W. Bailey (21), Ernest G. Bailey (18), Coy O. Bailey (14) & Ruby C. Bailey (11). They rent their home, all were born in FL. Ira's mother was born in NC & father in SC. Neta's parents born in FL. Ira is a farmer, George & Ernest are farm laborers. Ira was married at age 28 & Neta at age 15. 
Census1/1/1935 Vernon FL (Washington County) 53 yrs old 
Ira Bailey (age 60), Neta (49), Earnest (23), Coy (18), Ruby (16) & Martha Sheffield (72, mother in law). All born in FL. Ira has a 2nd grade education. Neta a 7th grade education. Earnest & Coy a 10th grade education and Ruby a 8th grade education. Ira is a farmer. 
Census1/1/1945 Vernon FL (Washington County) 63 yrs old 
Recorded on page 14, line#18: I.W. Bailey (age 73) and Neta (age 57), Both born in FL. Ira is a farmer, he has a 2nd grade education. Neta is a housewife, she has a 8th grade education.

next door lives daughter Ruby Bayitte (spelling on census) and her family, the next family is son, George W. and his family, the following household is son, Coy L. and family. 

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Click on any of the News, Events, or Discoveries buttons above to see historical things that happened during Ira Bailey's life. These are only some of the major events that affected the life and times of Ira, his family, and friends. For example, Ira is 28 years old when The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
1 1882 The Florida Central and Western Railroad Company was created. It combines the Florida Central, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and Mobile railroads.
2 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.
3 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.
25 1906 An attempt to drain the Everglades and convert it to farmland begins.
36 1917 Seminole Indians become a Florida tourist attraction.
47 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.
8 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
14 1895 Wireless telegraph and the "antenna" are invented but it covers a very short distance.
16 1897 First ship to shore message is sent using an improved form of wireless telegraph
19 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.
19 1900 Freud publishes his book "The Interpretation of Dreams"
20 1901 First transatlantic wireless telegraph is sent.
21 1902 The first Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil is discovered.
22 1903 Wright Brothers complete the first successful flight with an airplane at Kitty Hawk
23 1904 The first vacuum tube diode is invented by Fleming
25 1906 The triode vacuum tube is invented
25 1906 Kellogg sells the first box of Corn Flakes
25 1906 Electrons are discovered by Thomson
31 1912 The unsinkable Titanic sinks on its first trip to New York drowning 1,513 people.
32 1913 Ford builds the first assembly line into his automobile production plant
33 1914 The first traffic lights (which is only red or green) are put up in America; Construction of the Panama Canal is completed
42 1923 Diphtheria vaccine is developed; Insulin is produced to treat diabetes
42 1923 Freud publishes "The Ego and the Id"
43 1924 Insecticides are used for the first time on crops
45 1926 Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket
46 1927 The first television transmission was announced in England
47 1928 Big bang theory was introduced
55 1936 The first regular television broadcast happens in England
57 1938 Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner and Frisch discover nuclear fission
65 1946 The university of Pennsylvania develops the ENIAC computer, containing 18,000 vacuum tubes
1 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
4 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
27 1908 NEWS HEADLINES: Henry Ford produces the first Model T automobile
31 1912 White residents of Forsyth County, GA, drive the black population out.
32 1913 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison invents motion pictures
36 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.
38 1919 NEWS HEADLINES: World War I ends with the signing of The Versailles Treaty.
57 1938 NEWS HEADLINES: Orson Wells' radio production of H.G. Well's War of the Worlds causes a national panic.
58 1939 NEWS HEADLINES: The first regular television broadcast happens in the United States
60 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.
28 1909 The National Association for Advancement of Colored People is formed (NAACP)
29 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.
46 1927 Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs.
48 1929 Widespread prosperity of the 1920s ends abruptly with the stock market crash in October
49 1930 Drought in the Great Plains area begins, creating hardship for farm families in 19 states.
51 1932 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The infant son of Charles Lindbergh is kidnapped and murdered.
52 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!
53 1934 Congress passes the Indian Reorganization Act which allows remaining Indian tribes to reorganize.
53 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.
54 1935 Congress passes the Social Security Act, giving elder Americans Social Security money for the first time.
58 1939 Hollywood releases The Wizard of Oz, one of the first films to be made in color.
62 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.
63 1944 On June 6, Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as "D-Day")
64 1945 President Roosevelt dies; The United Nations is established; the first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.
28 1909 The "Piltdown Man" hoax -- a fake archeological discovery announced by dishonest scientists who wanted to "prove" that human beings had evolved in Europe
33 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.
36 1917 Germany uses airplanes to drop bombs in the early stages of World War I -- the first major military use of airplanes.
38 1919 The Versailles Treaty marks the official end of World War I.
39 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.
57 1938 Hitler annexes Anschluss into Germany. At the Munich Conference, Germany is given a portion of Czechoslovakia.
58 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.
64 1945 World War II ends with a Japanese delegation signing instrument of surrender aboard battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
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Ira & Nettie Bailey
Ira & Nettie Bailey

Nettie Sheffield
Born on January 30, 1889 and died on January 13, 1977
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The Children of Ira Willard Bailey

George W. Bailey
Born somewhere in Florida on September 10, 1910 and died in an unknown location on May 5, 1967. He was 56 years old.

He married Cleta Worthington....
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Ernest Gadi Bailey
Born somewhere in Florida on January 28, 1912 and died in an unknown location on October 11, 1996. He was 84 years old.

He married Edith Christine Jones. ...
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