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Coffee-spit-worthy Clip

I admit I spewed a bit of coffee this morning when I saw this new-to-me clip freshly found in the January 3, 1917 edition of The Pensacola Journal: “Mrs. Emmett Wilson?” GAH. I turned immediately to all of my known and collected documents — and breathed a huge sigh of […]

Telecommunication

What’s the first thing most folks would do in an emergency, if you had to let family members know that you were injured in an accident, or seriously ill? You’d call them. And, more likely than not, you’d probably connect with them almost immediately. Thanks to the miracle of modern […]

Break Up

I like to check on my favorite databases every six or eight weeks, so as not to miss any updates. And — SCORE! — the excellent Chronicling America newspaper database (of the Library of Congress) had added several years of The Pensacola Journal since my last visit! And what an […]

A Study of Notoriety

In the early 1900s, if you got your name in the newspaper, it was a big deal. It indicated prominence in your community. If you think about it, the community news blurb columns were a sort-of equivalent to our Facebook. In Pensacola, these columns were mostly found in the Society […]

Denouement

In the past week, I’ve come across what I consider the turning point, the downward slide, in Emmett’s career and life. It’s October, 1914. Up until this point, Emmett was the Golden Boy of West Florida, he was getting appropriations for his constituency, he was serving on important committees, he […]