ca. 1831 Birth of Talley ancestor, the father of Everett "Whistler"
Calvin Stuart Talley; he "died at thirty. Built this house and didn't live a
year in it."
1860 Talley farmhouse built.
1861 Death of Talley ancestor.
1862 Birth of Whistler Talley.
1864 Birth of Calvin Talley.
1890 Birth of Stuart Talley.
1892 Birth of Eldon Talley; Netta, his wife, is probably born this year.
1897 Birth of Charlotte (Aunt Lottie) Talley.
1902 Birth of Matt Friedman in Kaunas, Lithuania.
1910 Birth of Sally Talley; Harley Campbell is born the same year.
1911 Problems of Matt Friedman's family in Europe. Sometime before World
War I, he makes his way, via South America, to the United States.
1911-1913 Approximate time setting of the projected play dealing with Whistler Talley.
1914 Calvin's wife, Marguerite, dies.
1915 Birth of Kenneth "Buddy" Talley.
1916 Birth of Olive Talley, Kenneth's wife.
1917 Death of Stuart Talley in World War I.
ca. 1918 Death of Whistler Talley.
1924 Birth of Timothy (Timmy) Talley.
ca. 1926 Sally Talley and Harley Campbell are high school sweethearts, eventually
ca. 1927 Sally contracts tuberculosis and misses a year of high school. Her
engagement to Harley Campbell is broken off.
ca. 1929 Harley Campbell attends Princeton University and has a romance with a
girl from New Jersey whom he later marries.
1931 The factory owned by the Talley and Campbell families nearly goes
broke. Harley Campbell's father commits suicide; Harley leaves school
and works in the factory.
1941 Sally Talley takes a job at a hospital (O'Reilly General) in Springfield,
1943 Matt Friedman vacations in the Lebanon, Missouri area and meets Sally
Talley at a dance at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield.
Birth of June Talley.
1944 In February, Matt attempts to visit Sally at the hospital where she works
in Springfield, but she refuses to see him.
In late June or early July, Timmy Talley is killed in the marines' assault
on the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific.
1944 4 July: Talley's Folly and Talley & Son.
1945 Birth of Kenneth (Kenny) Talley, Jr.
1952 Birth of Jed Jenkins, Kenny Talley's lover.
1967 Kenny, June, and John Landis, son of the local dentist, attend the
University of California, Berkeley.
1971 Kenny retires from teaching.
1974 Jed begins to plant the garden on the grounds of the Talley farmhouse.
1976 Matt Friedman dies.
1976-1977 While Kenny spends the winter in Saint Louis, Jed cares for nurslings in
the Talley house in Lebanon.
1977 In May, Kenny visits the high school in Lebanon where he is to teach in
1977 4 July: act 1 of Fifth of July; 5 July: act 2 of Fifth of July. Sally attends
Harley Campbell's funeral.