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Cemetery picnics

Here’s a great article from Atlas Obscura on a once popular fad,  picnics in cemeteries. Actually, I think it’s great — I’m not just saying that because I like to hang out in cemeteries ‘getting to know’ the individuals who will play prominent roles in Emmett’s book — but there’s […]

Modeste Sierra Hargis

I have new information to share on Modeste Hargis, entrepreneur, professional whistler, and Emmett’s pharmacist! It’s the obituary for Modeste Hargis‘ mother, Modeste Sierra Hargis, from the Pensacola Daily News, Friday, January 22, 1904, page 1: I love finding these old obituaries; they often include a sentimental (and perhaps charitable!) […]

Eclectic Research Findings

As mentioned in previous posts, I do regular check-ins for new/updated items in databases for information about Emmett Wilson. Following is an mix of different/oddball items of interest: First, the actual copyright information for Emmett’s official portrait for his first term in office. Notice that there are two dates. The […]

Dual Classification

One of the more curious (to me) stories about Emmett Wilson’s education centers around his attendance at West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee, Florida. Sometime around 1899 (when he was about 17 years old), Emmett applied for admission to West Florida Seminary, minus a high school diploma. It wasn’t unheard of […]

Wilson Tradition

In keeping with Emmett’s family tradition, I’m headed off to my precinct in five minutes: Only the Wilson men were eligible to serve in their precincts before women’s suffrage; I’d love to know if any of the Wilson women served as officials or voting judges after 1919. Regardless, it’s interesting […]

Henry Lee Bell Photograph Collection

In the University of West Florida Archives, there’s a wonderful collection of more than 20,000 photographs of everyday Pensacolians between 1911 and 1949. Henry Lee Bell opened photography studio in 1911 in Pensacola Florida. Used to be partnered with George Turton. Was Turton & Bell around 1900 to about 1911, […]

The Sporting Emmett

In celebration of Opening Day, we’ll take a look at Emmett Wilson through the lens of his pastimes: Sports. Emmett appears to have been both athletic and a sports fan. He owned and rode a bicycle to and from classes while attending Stetson University Law School in 1903. He attended […]

In my dreams

“Jeopardy” is taping here in DC in a few weeks. I’ve always wanted to be on that program, but I know, realistically, the odds are low. Still, for fun, I took the online test to go on the show and did so mediocrely that I sincerely doubt I’ll be selected. […]