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Chapter 8: Something Awry

Most of the contemporary articles I found about Emmett were read as they came in, in no particular chronological order.  To keep things straight, I cataloged every detail I found into a timeline. After three weeks of reading and documenting articles about Emmett, I took a few days off to […]

Chapter 6: Suffrage Jerk

For 17 years, my husband and I owned and lived in a 98-year old row house in Washington, D.C. about 10 blocks from the U.S. Capitol. We loved our neighborhood — the Victorian (and older) row houses had history and character despite the fact the neighborhood was sketchy, the front […]

Merry Christmas!

Good morning, Emmett Wilson family, and Merry Christmas! I’ve been away for a bit, primarily tied up with research and end-of-semester work. I’ll catch up this week with interesting Wilson-family items and whatnot.  

Confirmation

Piled high with boxes, the floor thick with dust and recently scraped paint chips, this room, like much of the building, is a work-in-progress. Aaron Ritz, one of the owners, has been hard at work all morning; he’s determined to bring his patient, Pensacola’s landmark 1915 Gothic Revival hospital built […]

I Wonder

When I first started blogging about the Emmett Wilson research project, my goal was to put his name back out into the public discussion forum, in the hopes that distant relatives or descendants (who were also doing genealogical research) would find me/him, and exchange information. I knew that by itself, […]

One-Shot at a Free Ride

I’ve been thinking about the vocational/educational breakdown of Emmett’s immediate family: Two physicians; one on-the-job training, one college-educated (Dr. Francis Wilson and his second eldest son, Percy Brockenbrough Wilson) Two lawyers; one on-the-job training, one college-educated (Cephas Love Wilson and Emmett Wilson) Four railroad professionals; high school diploma only, mostly […]

The Gift of Time

I hate reporting this, but I’ve made little actual progress on Emmett’s manuscript since January. My life has been mostly on hold because I’ve had to take several trips to my hometown in Mississippi to get my Dad’s affairs in order. He’s been in rehab after his fall in January, so […]

Why Everything is Not Digitized

Of course, I’d love to have had everything available about Emmett Wilson to be accessible via the Internet. It would have certainly made my life easier as I dug around for primary sources in a variety of libraries and archives, both near and far, over the past five years! But […]

Good Orderly Direction (G.O.D.)

“People who want to believe something will do so despite any and all evidence to the contrary.” Carolyn Hax, The Washington Post, February 3, 2018   “Everything happens on God’s schedule, not mine.” A.A. meeting, Washington, D.C. These are two quotes I’ve come to appreciate over the past two weeks. […]