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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 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 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 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 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, […]