One of the things that makes "A Rose for Emily" such a classic short story is Faulkner's use if a fractured time line. The story is written in parts; each part gives certain details about the mysterious Miss Emily Grierson.
Faulkner was having fun with the reader. He knew it would a little frustrating to not have the story written in an ordinary order. If the story were told in chronological order, the story would not be in the realm of a masterpiece in American literature.
If the reader begins at the start of the story, it is the funeral of Emily. The story ends after her funeral with the citizens coming into her house to find out about what has been up in the upstairs bedroom. Now what happens in between has to be put in order.
Chronologically, in the first section, you are given a date 1894 when Colonel Sartoris paid Emily's taxes.
In section two, the smell that came from Emily's house was thirty years before the new councilmen came to get Emily to pay her taxes. This was two years after her father's death. It was also a short time after Homer Barron disappeared.
She was about 30 when her father died.
In section three, about a year later after her father died, Homer Barron comes to town. Emily would have been about 31 years old.
This is the time that she went riding with Homer. Her cousins came. She bought arsenic and the men's clothing.
Shortly, after this, Homer disappeared after being seen going in the backdoor of Emily's house.We learn that Emily was 74 years old when she died.
From this point, the reader should be able to see how to put the entire story in chronological order. It should be easy because there are not that many new events in the last section other than finding Homer's skeleton in bed with Emily's gray hair on the pillow next to him.
What a fun story!