The Earls of East Hall, Part II

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Yesterday, I introduced you to some of Emmett’s dorm mates from when he was a student at Stetson University in 1903.

A map of Stetson University's campus in Deland, in 1903. Emmett's dorm, East Hall, is the blue oval at the top of the map. Hamilton Hall is the blue square at the bottom of the map. Chaudoin Hall is in the red oval, and is where a large dining hall was located on the campus. Chaudoin Hall was also a women's dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives.

A map of Stetson University’s campus in Deland, in 1903. Emmett’s dorm, East Hall, is the blue oval at the top of the map. Hamilton Hall is the blue square at the bottom of the map. Chaudoin Hall is in the red oval, and is where a large dining hall was located on the campus. Chaudoin Hall was also a women’s dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives.

Here’s the snippet from the essay in the Stetson Collegiate that I’m using as the basis of my article:

The "Earls of East Hall": Anthony, Carter, Fulgham, Pelot, Calmes, "Happy" Merryday, Wilson, DeCottes, "Berry" Sturgeon, Worley, and Fee. Emmett is noted as the authority on "Hamilton Hall," which was a cottage women's dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives

The “Earls of East Hall”: Anthony, Carter, Fulgham, Pelot, Calmes, “Happy” Merryday, Wilson, DeCottes, “Berry” Sturgeon, Worley, and Fee. Emmett is noted as the authority on “Hamilton Hall,” which was a cottage women’s dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives

I left off with a discussion of Charles E. Pelot, and there was mention of his tennis expertise. Today, I found a mention of a game featuring Pelot, who also went by “Pluto.”

Pelot playing tennis as 'Pluto.' Source: Stetson University Archives

Pelot playing tennis as ‘Pluto.’ Source: Stetson University Archives

Today, we’ll get to know two more of the Earls of East Hall:

  • Thomas C. Calmes. Thomas was also called “Calamity” among his friends. He was the 1903 class president, reported to be a perpetual talker, and ‘hardly ever in a position from which he could not extricate himself.’ I suppose it is fitting that he became a successful lawyer, practicing in Plant City, Florida. It is possible that he and Emmett remained in contact during their careers, but I don’t know that they saw each other often, because Emmett’s practice was mainly in the then-third congressional district.

Regardless, here is an amusing anecdote about Emmett’s roommate, ‘Calamity’ Calmes:

Calmes thinks he's gotten himself out of a jam. Maybe he did; his worldview was common in 1903. Source: Stetson University Archives

Calmes thinks he’s gotten himself out of a jam. Maybe he did; his worldview was common in 1903. Source: Stetson University Archives

  • Harold “Happy” E. Merryday. “Happy” Merryday appears to have been busy during his days at Stetson: Law student, football hero. Merryday played fullback for Stetson.
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(Article source: Tampa Tribune, November 1, 1903, p. 1. http://www.Genealogybank.com)

Merryday was the hero of the game, scoring the only touchdown, despite the fact the Stetson team was unpracticed and sloppy.

Merryday’s law practice was in Palatka; there was also a grocery business in that city. It doesn’t seem likely that Emmett had much interaction with Merryday after they graduated; Palatka and Putnam County were out of Emmett’s circuit in 1903, so, he wouldn’t have seen Merryday regularly.

Here’s an interesting article that features both Merryday and Calmes: They received ‘half-century diplomas’ from Stetson in 1955, in honor of their exemplary character and citizenship qualities.

From the St. Petersburg Times, May 25, 1955. Source: Google News Archive

From the St. Petersburg Times, May 25, 1955. Source: Google News Archive

Looking back at the names of the Earls of East Hall, Charles Pelot would have been alive in 1955 and might have been invited to attend (he died in 1956), as would have John Worley (who also died in 1956), and Emile Anthony, who died in 1965. The rest of the list died years earlier: Emmett in 1918; Berry Sturgeon in 1932; Fred Fee in 1939; George Decottes  in 1949; and Walter Fulghum and Paul Carter in 1951.

To be continued…

The Earls of East Hall, Part I

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This week, I’m putting together the section of the book about Emmett’s life as a law school student, at Stetson University.

Because I still don’t have a journal of Emmett’s, or, his scrapbooks (yet), I had to look at a lot of secondary sources to get an idea of what his life was like on campus in 1903.

I found out from the Stetson University archives that in 1903, Emmett’s junior year in law school, he lived in a cottage dormitory named “East Hall” or, “East House.”

So, I started mining the archive for information about that dormitory. And boy, did I find something interesting: An essay in the Stetson University archives, which was printed in the school newspaper (The Stetson Collegiate) in May, 1903, titled, “Life in East Hall.” It is full of all kinds of interesting anecdotes and pranks these guys played on each other. What’s more, it gives a lot of interesting information about Emmett and his friends. For instance:

The "Earls of East Hall": Anthony, Carter, Fulgham, Pelot, Calmes, "Happy" Merryday, Wilson, DeCottes, "Berry" Sturgeon, Worley, and Fee. Emmett is noted as the authority on "Hamilton Hall," which was a cottage women's dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives

The “Earls of East Hall”: Anthony, Carter, Fulgham, Pelot, Calmes, “Happy” Merryday, Wilson, DeCottes, “Berry” Sturgeon, Worley, and Fee. Emmett is noted as the authority on “Hamilton Hall,” which was a women’s dormitory. Source: Stetson University Archives

Life in East Hall must have been a lot of fun for Emmett and his friends.

But, who were these friends of his, and, what became of them? More importantly, did Emmett remain friends with them beyond Stetson?

Today, I introduce to you the “Earls of East Hall:”

  • Emile D. Anthony, in later years. Source: Ancestry.com

    Emile D. Anthony, in later years. Source: Ancestry.com

    Emile D. Anthony. Anthony earned a diploma in Bookkeeping from the Business College in 1903.

    I was curious as to how he was an expert on both ‘women and oratory;’ but further reading in the always-informative student newspaper, The Stetson Collegiate, indicates he had quite an active social life, in both areas. Here’s only two examples:

Anthony in search of oratory assistance. Source: Stetson University Archives

Anthony in search of oratory assistance. I have another article, also from the archive, that says Anthony got into fisticuffs with Benedict. Curious. Source: Stetson University Archives

And:

The lady in question was Miss Louisa M. Foote, resident of Chaudoin Hall, enrolled in the Academy. Source: Stetson University Archives

The lady in question was Miss Louisa M. Foote, resident of Chaudoin Hall, enrolled in the Academy. Source: Stetson University Archives

Anthony’s family was prosperous and important; they were from West Palm Beach, listed as merchants in several U.S. Census reports. The Anthony family is still in business today. Emmett doesn’t seem to have been in contact with Emile much after college days; Emile also lived out of Emmett’s congressional district, so he wouldn’t have been able to vote for him.

    • Paul Carter. You’ve met Paul in an earlier post. Paul was Emmett’s best friend from childhood; he was also one of the best student orators at Stetson during his tenure there.
Mayor Paul Carter of Marianna, Florida. Source: The Pensacola Journal, 1912.

Mayor Paul Carter of Marianna, Florida. Source: The Pensacola Journal, 1912.

Emmett and Paul drifted apart a bit. During the time when Emmett moved to Pensacola, and ran for Congress, Paul ran for mayor of Marianna (he held the office for four terms), settled down and got married to Mary Horne of Chipley. They remained friends, though, as Paul served as one of Emmett’s honorary pall bearers at his funeral.

  • Walter B. Fulghum. Walter was originally from Richmond, Indiana, and was a combination Latin-Science major. Walter’s name shows up several times across different issues of The Stetson Collegiate, (mostly mentioned in the “Locals” section, which was a gossip column that ran for several pages) as attending parties at the women’s dorms, and the like.
One of many campus parties attended by Fulghum. Source: Stetson University Archives

One of many campus parties attended by Fulghum. Source: Stetson University Archives

One interesting thing I discovered about Fulghum was that he was a Quaker in the White Water community of Indiana. I mention this because after following Emmett and his friends around for three years in research land, this was a group that liked booze-fueled parties. Maybe not every single party, but I’ve been able to establish that Emmett’s drinking career was established back when he was at West Florida Seminary in 1900. Quakers aren’t forbidden from consuming alcohol, but most abstain.

Fulghum eventually became a merchant, then a farmer. Later in life, he had a farm in Caldwell, Texas; he died there in 1951 from arteriosclerosis. Fulghum probably did not see Emmett after Stetson, given that he moved back to Indiana right after graduation.

  • Charles E. Pelot. Charles was originally from Manatee, Florida, and he was enrolled in Stetson’s Law School.

After graduating from Stetson, he practiced law in Jacksonville for most of his life. He was active in the alumni association:

Pelot as President of the Jacksonville Stetson Club, 1911. Source: Google Books

Pelot as President of the Jacksonville Stetson Club, 1911. Source: Google Books

I don’t have much information on Pelot; he seems to have stayed in local and state politics, though, and based on this item I found in the May 7, 1916 edition of the Tampa Tribune, Emmett probably had been in contact with Pelot on and off during his career:

Pelot was up for a circuit court judgeship. Kirke Monroe and Cooper Griggs were friends of Emmett's. Source: Genealogybank.com

Pelot was up for a circuit court judgeship. Kirke Monroe and Cooper Griggs were friends of Emmett’s. Source: Genealogybank.com

I’ll continue with the rest of this study of Emmett’s roommates in a few days. Stay tuned!