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Chapter 144: Maxwell & Wilson

January 2, 1908Pensacola, Florida According to Uncle Evelyn, this was not by accident; he says he recognizes my potential, my humility, my dedication to hard work and the law. I thought, perhaps, Uncle Evelyn might bring me into the firm sometime; but not a partnership! The transition to partner with […]

Chapter 143: Indebted

September 27, 1907306 Brent BuildingPensacola, Florida I’ve done what I’ve been told to do for one year; namely: to keep my head down, to work hard, to follow directions (specifically, of Kehoe, and my Uncle Evelyn Maxwell), to be serious. So far, their advice has paid off handsomely. The directions […]

Chapter 142: Ambitious Thoughts

August 23, 2021Chevy Chase, MD I have a follow-up from my inquiries with experts who research newspaper coverage specific to society sections in the early 20th century. All agree with my theory that Emmett Wilson used the society sections as a way to promote himself, but other people did as […]

Chapter 140: Networking, 1907-style

July 24, 2021University of MarylandCollege Park, Maryland It’s interesting to note that Emmett’s comings and goings, specifically after mid-March, 1907, are turning up more often in The Pensacola Journal, the Pensacola Evening News, and any other West Florida newspaper (at least, the West Florida newspapers that a) are still in […]

Chapter 138: Calculations

February 26, 1907306 Brent BuildingPensacola, Florida Right now, I’m cleaning up my desk; organizing a few files at the end of a rather boring Tuesday. Most of the firm’s staff have gone home already, and I like this part of the day, when the office is empty, things are quiet, […]

Chapter 136: The Price of My Grand Scheme

October 16, 1906John Kehoe House221 W. Cervantes StreetPensacola, Florida The old man had a nice setup here, that’s for sure. I’m staying John Kehoe’s old room with Minnie and Fannie Kehoe. Even as the Kehoes were mourning their father, it all seemed serendipitous — at least that’s what Fannie said […]