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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 66: Fee, Worley, Floyd

April 27, 2016 McKeldin Library The University of Maryland College Park The final study of Emmett and his junior-year college roommates at Stetson features John N. Worley, of St. Augustine, and Fred Fee, of Fort Pierce, Florida. According to the East Hall essay below, Worley was the master of tall […]

Chapter 54: In Bits and Pieces

February 26, 2020 Chevy Chase, Maryland I’m honestly surprised at how much I have been able to uncover about Emmett to date, though there are serious gaps. The most important information, Emmett’s own words, are majorly absent. He wrote letters often to friends and family; but only a few exist […]

Chapter 49: Following Clues

September 10, 2016 University of Maryland Research Carrel College Park, Maryland If Emmett didn’t go back to WFS for the second half of the sophomore term (1901), what did he do? Knowing Emmett’s father, I doubt he  lounged around on the porch swing or his father’s hammock smoking cigars, contemplating […]

Chapter 43: Detour Unusual

February 7, 2015The American University LibraryWashington, D.C. For the record, I have documented everything you can imagine about Emmett, including family members and close friends of Emmett, receipts or documents mentioning Emmett, schools in which he was enrolled, clubs he attended, and so forth. I like my data organized, chronological, […]

Chapter 18: Denies He’s a Foreigner

I have interesting information — some in the form of primary sources! — about the Wilson family’s tenure in British Honduras. I’d like to start with this article, an interview with Emmett during his first term as a U.S. Congressman, because it is presented as his words. Here’s what he […]

Chapter 17: Clues in the Obituary

A reporter once wrote that if you really wanted to piss off Emmett Wilson, ask him about his nativity. That is, if he was a REAL American citizen given he was born in British Honduras during his parent’s ‘temporary sojourn’ there. Emmett’s obituary in the May 29, 1918 issue of […]