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Chapter 91: Hello, Old Friend

April 29, 1905Marianna, Florida4:30 p.m. Although my office door was ajar, there was a slight knock. It was Long. “Here’s the afternoon mail,” he said, placing a stack of letters and a rolled up newspaper on my desk. “Anything you need doing before I leave?” “No, nothing. Have a good […]

Chapter 90: The Screw-Up

April 28, 1905Marianna, FloridaWilson & Wilson11:40 am The windows of the second floor law offices of Wilson & Wilson, were open; even though it could get a bit stuffy in April; there was a fresh breeze blowing gently into the outer office/reception room.  At the large oak desk in the […]

Chapter 82: What Luck!

September 15, 2014 Chevy Chase, MD My relationship with Sue Tindal, Deputy Clerk, Jackson County (FL) Clerk of Courts began with a cold call — a cold email message — actually. I admit I dithered over it for a week or more. After decades of being in this business I […]

Chapter 80: The Mayes Factor

In the early 1900s, if you got your name in the newspaper, it was a big deal. It indicated prominence in your community. In Pensacola, these columns were mostly found in the Society section of the paper, with little headings over each news blurb; if you were a businessman or […]

Chapter 78: A Tight-Knit Community

May 28, 1904Marianna, Florida When I got home to Marianna, Cephas and Lula had a congratulatory supper at the house, just family members. At the table, Lula insisted on hearing about the ceremony, the speeches, and the celebration afterwards at the President’s house. After dinner, when we gathered into the […]

Chapter 77: Aftermath

May 27, 1904Jacksonville, Florida Oh, God, my head. I awoke gripping my head between my hands, in a fetal position on the bed. Somewhere, there was this loud pounding that was echoing and resonating on the inside of my skull. The pain was so intense; I opened my eyes a […]

Chapter 76: Sworn-in

May 26, 1904Jacksonville, Florida Two days after the ceremony at Stetson, on May 26, seven of our eight-member, freshly graduated class went to Jacksonville to be admitted to the Florida Bar. After we were sworn in at the Duval County Courthouse by Judge Locke, and were officially lawyers, we decided […]

Chapter 75: Fleeing the Scene

June 4, 2020Chevy Chase, Maryland I want to share with you the story of this research and why it is coming together across different dates, places and times: It took several years to assemble the information I have — I neither have a research assistant, nor the budget for one […]

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. […]