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A structure worth saving

As far as I know, most of my friends in the Florida panhandle survived Hurricane Michael. I’ve heard from almost everyone — thank goodness, all seem to have fared pretty well, given the severity of the storm. Friends in Pensacola tell me they were lucky; Hurricane Michael didn’t affect them […]

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 […]

History of Florida, Past & Present

In 1923, Harry Gardner Cutler published a ginormous compendium of Florida biographies, complete with similarly sized title History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical. Three volumes complete the set, and today, it is available via Google Books at this link. It’s an interesting and informative resource; in fact, […]

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 […]

Following the Money

One of the things I’ve always found curious about Emmett Wilson’s life was why he never lived on his own, never owned a house, never had his own apartment in which he was responsible for everything (food, furniture, utilities and the like). Emmett was a bachelor with an active and […]

Emmett’s Secretaries: B.A. Murphy

When I started tracking down Emmett’s secretaries, I didn’t know what to expect. Mostly I started looking for Emmett’s secretaries because I hit a brick wall with Emmett himself (there’s very little primary information from him). At present, I’ve found as much as I can about and from Emmett’s siblings […]

Secretarial Musings

I often wonder what kind of employee or boss Emmett was? Was he considerate and competent? Quiet and hardworking? A lunch-stealing backstabbing jerk, perhaps? An excellent source of information on Emmett-as-colleague would be the office records — a desk calendar, case files, or even an office journal. I don’t doubt […]

In Search of Himself

Continuing our story about Cephas Love Wilson, Jr. from here: We next find Cephas Jr. and his father, Cephas Love Wilson Sr., visiting Emmett in Pensacola: Cephas Jr., age 17, should still be enrolled at Marianna High School, but he appears to be clerking in his father’s law firm. It’s […]