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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 […]

Emmett’s Chipley

One of the best parts about Emmett’s research trip was a visit to Chipley, Florida. This is where Emmett lived from about 1884 to 1900. The US Census (dated April, 1900) reveals Emmett was enumerated in his father’s household, but that summer, Emmett moved to Marianna, where he studied law […]

Move Over, Rodney Dangerfield

Readers, imagine you are Emmett Wilson, seated in the VIP viewing stand with others of similar importance, at the 1915 Pensacola Mardi Gras parade. All is well; suddenly, the following float drifts by, and pauses in front of the viewing stand: Yes, people, someone actually designed and built a FLOAT […]

Emmett’s PR Posse

Readers, one thing I’ve always wondered about as I dig through Emmett’s life is the people he chose as advisers; then, the people he chose as managers as his campaign took off. Who were these people, and why did Emmett think he could trust his career to their advice? After […]

Emmett’s Pensacola

Readers, now that I’m back from the research trip to Pensacola, I can catch up on what I saw. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the buildings where Emmett lived and worked still exist, and are in good repair. This photo (right) of downtown Pensacola from 1910 […]

Back to Washington

I’m headed out this morning for the trip back to Washington. There is a lot of new and interesting info to share about my look into Emmett’s world as it was. It has been a great trip. I should be back for another update tomorrow.