Did you know that in 1906, Chipley, Florida (Emmett’s childhood home) had a telephone directory?
Granted, it probably would not have been much larger than a 5 x 7 inch note card, but it existed.
Emmett’s father, Dr. F.C. Wilson’s name isn’t listed, but as one of the town’s three doctors, it would make sense that he had a telephone, at least in his office downtown. It would also make sense that he’d have one in his home — but it would have been expensive. Dr. Wilson was not a wealthy physician.
I have a great story about Buell Cook (his name is correctly spelled ‘Buell’) that I’ll post later this week.
Meanwhile, I’m reaching out to the Washington County Historical Society to see if there is, perhaps, a more comprehensive directory in their archive — even if it is just a 5 x 7 inch, one page document.
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