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Chapter 74: Valedictory

May 23, 19049:15 pmJohn B Stetson University AuditoriumDeland, Florida The auditorium was crowded, hot and stifling, with guests in finery and suits, students, and graduates wearing three-piece suits under silk robes. Even though it was after 9 pm, men were fanning themselves with their straw hats and ladies who had […]

Chapter 72: Alice Spangler

May 19, 2020Chevy Chase, Maryland I believe there were several reasons why Emmett and Pearl’s romance ended right after Emmett graduated from Stetson University in 1904: It was a long-distance relationship. Even today, with cars and technology such as Skype and ZOOM, it is hard to maintain a romantic relationship […]

Chapter 71: Pearl, Continued

May 2, 2013Chevy Chase, Maryland The more I learn about Pearl, the more I get her. And I like her, for a lot of reasons, though I wasn’t sure I would once I started digging around — but Pearl was unique, surprisingly so, and wanted to make something of herself. […]

Chapter 69: The Race

Paul CarterOrmond BeachMarch 27, 1903 The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the crowded beach, walking down from the boardwalk where our hired hack from the hotel in Seabreeze dropped us off, was the chill in the air, and the crisp wind blowing in from the gray-blue Atlantic […]

Chapter 68: Ormond Beach

May 2, 2016Chevy Chase, Maryland This research about Emmett’s junior-year dorm-mates is not turning out to be some big distracting side-adventure: I’m actually going somewhere with it! Specifically, Ormond Beach. Check this out: Question: Which of these guys had an automobile at that time? Answer: None of them. DeCottes and […]

Chapter 67: Not a ‘Poler’

East Hall Stetson University DeLand, Florida March 22, 1903 (As narrated by Paul Carter) The five of us (myself, Emmett, Sturgeon, Anthony, DeCottes) are sitting in various degrees of posture on the front porch of East Hall, a large, white frame house that serves as a dormitory for 14 or […]

Chapter 66: Fee, Worley, Floyd

April 27, 2016 McKeldin Library The University of Maryland College Park The final study of Emmett and his junior-year college roommates at Stetson features John N. Worley, of St. Augustine, and Fred Fee, of Fort Pierce, Florida. According to the East Hall essay below, Worley was the master of tall […]