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Tracking the Obscure

This last week I’ve been tracking down an elusive document in Emmett Wilson’s research; specifically, a copy of a eulogy given for him at the annual Elk’s Lodge memorial service, held on December 2, 1918. It’s obscure, folks. So what else is new? LOL! All these obscure leads I’ve been […]

In the Public Eye

Readers, one thing I’ve noticed in doing Emmett’s research is that back in the early 1900s, if your lifestyle or behavior was even the least little bit out of the ordinary, you can be sure that it would at least make it into the local newspapers. Nowadays, for instance, our […]


In my research, I’ve seen Emmett described a lot of ways, but I have to admit, when I first saw the adjective ‘clubman,’ my reaction wasn’t positive. Let me add that I didn’t have my reading glasses on at the time and so, initially, thought it said ‘caveman.’ On second […]

Emmett & the Dark Side of Research

Readers, one thing I have learned in doing Emmett’s research is that the Progressive Movement in which Emmett was an active participant, wasn’t ‘progressive’ in terms of racial or gender equality. For example, today, I found this item about Emmett invited to speak at a meeting for the National Democratic […]

1916 Democratic National Convention

Gang, today’s research has me tracking down whether or not Emmett attended the the 1916 Democratic National Convention, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 14-16. According to an article in the June 5, 1916 edition of The Pensacola Journal, he may have attended, since there wasn’t much […]

A Snapshot of Summer in Emmett’s Day

In celebration of the solstice, I thought it would be interesting to look at summer in Emmett’s time. First, a look at a typical weather report for Pensacola. The weather report (right) for June 22, 1909, shows an average-looking weather report. Nothing is dramatically different than what one would see […]

Emmett and the Grizzly Bear

Friends, I often wonder what Emmett would think if he could step through a time-door and see some of the entertainment options available nowadays. I’d think he’d be shocked at how relaxed our standards of propriety are in some areas, compared to what was considered ‘shocking’ in pre-World War I […]

Emmett’s Home

Friends, one of the best parts of my visit to Florida was a tour of Emmett’s boyhood home while in Chipley. It was wonderful on many levels: First, the current residents are lovely people, and, even though I had only corresponded with them by email for a few months, they […]

Coffee vs. Postum

Friends, I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t have my cup of coffee in the morning, I wouldn’t have a personality the rest of the day. I love my morning cup of coffee. I grind the coffee beans myself, I use fresh water — basically, a good cup of coffee […]

First in Flight

Readers, imagine my great surprise to find this item in my comb-through of the 1915 Pensacola Journal today: Naval aviation had only just been established at Pensacola as an attempt to re-open the base (which was closed during President Taft’s administration); hell, human aviation had only just been established a […]