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100 Years Ago Today

The front page of The Pensacola Journal, 100 years ago today. If you click on the link here, you’ll see the entire front page as it was on May 29, 1918. Here’s a better look at Emmett’s death notice: Emmett’s death notice was obviously unexpected and thrown together with few […]

Emmett’s Regular Getaway

Although the life and behavior of an alcoholic can be unpredictable, Emmett Wilson appears to have been a man of regular habits, especially when it came to his annual vacation. Every year, on or about the first week of August, Emmett would go to St. Andrews or Panama City for […]

Namesake Coincidence?

I often check back on several databases, to keep up with new additions from archives or new-to-me sources that may have been added. This past week, I came across two interesting names in the year 1913: Emmett Wilson Harrison (born January 31, 1913, in Okaloosa County Florida) and Emmett Wilson […]

Papist or Protestant?

The big question I’m exploring with one of J. Walter Kehoe’s descendants is this: Was he once Catholic or wasn’t he? A few days ago, I found Walter’s obituary, which mentions a Presbyterian funeral. I reached out to his grandson and asked about it. Walter’s grandson replied that he wasn’t […]

Death Came As He Slept

Here’s another fantastic find whilst conducting the every-other-month database sweep: Great details in this article — first, based on some other clips that I’ve found around this date, Walter was working and politically active up until the end, so there may not have been any clue anything was amiss. (I’m […]

Hildur Dahlstrom Beall

Our next installment on Emmett’s secretaries features Hildur (or Hilda) Dahlstrom Beall (1892-1975). According to my research, Hildur was Emmett’s secretary in some capacity from about 1910 to 1914, but she was primarily Walter Kehoe’s secretary (as he was the one paying her salary, as you’ll see further on in […]

Whoa, Nellie!

Nellie Browning Mills (1876-1964) was never Emmett’s official secretary, but she did work for Emmett as she was the main stenographer and typist at the San Carlos Hotel in Pensacola, Florida from 1910 to at least 1917. Emmett used Nellie’s shorthand and typing services when he stayed at the San […]

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 […]