Calista Abiah Fall

9 April 1853–
Pingree Grove, Kane, Illinois, United States

The Life of Calista Abiah

When Calista Abiah Fall was born on 9 April 1853, in Pingree Grove, Kane, Illinois, United States, her father, Moses Fall, was 41 and her mother, Sally Pingree, was 40. She married George Frederict Kizer on 7 June 1873, in Kane, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Rutland Township, Kane, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Elgin, Kane, Illinois, United States in 1880.

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George Frederict Kizer
Calista Abiah Fall
Marriage: 7 June 1873
Jessie Calista Keiser
baby kaiser

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7 June 1873
Kane, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 32

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish or Irish: reduced form of McFall .2 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a waterfall, declivity, or forest clearing, Middle English fall (from Old English (ge)fall ‘a felling of trees’, Old Norse fall ‘forest clearing’).3 German: topographic name from Middle High German val ‘fall (of trees)’; in some cases ‘waterfall’ or ‘landslide’, or a habitational name from a minor place named with this word, or in Tyrol from Ladine val ‘valley’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Calista A Kizer in household of George F Kizer, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Calista A Fall in household of Amases Fall, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Calista Fall in entry for Elias Klink and Jessie C Kiser, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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