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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 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 64: Calmes & Merriday

April 27, 2016McKeldin LibraryThe University of MarylandCollege Park In the last post, I introduced you to some of Emmett’s dorm mates from when he was a student at Stetson University in 1903. Here’s the snippet from the essay in the Stetson Collegiate that I’m using as the basis of my […]

Chapter 62: My Grandfather

February 10, 1903 Dr. F.C. Wilson’s Home Chipley, Florida I’m in Chipley for a few days visiting my father, stepmother, and Grandfather Maxwell. He now lives with my father; Grandfather Maxwell is  frail these days.  Although Grandfather has been living with my uncle Evelyn Maxwell in Pensacola, Grandfather prefers to […]

Chapter 61: The Goal

January 4, 1903 East Hall Men’s Dormitory Stetson University DeLand, Florida I love where I am at this moment. This is different than the Seminary, and the Business College; this is about joining in active discussions with my professors about something I am entirely interested in, and this all makes […]

Chapter 60: Emmett Wilson, Law Student

April 22, 2016 McKeldin Library The University of Maryland College Park, MD Did you know Florida’s first law school was at Stetson University? It was founded in 1900, and Emmett was one of the very first graduates (he was Valedictorian for the class of 1904). When Emmett attended between 1902-1904, […]

Chapter 55: Enter Nancy

September 19, 2013University of MarylandCollege Park It is about four months into the research, and I am doggedly chipping at the cracked slab that lies over Emmett Wilson’s buried-away life history, starting with the people who knew him best. In the December 2, 1918 edition of The Pensacola Journal, I […]