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Emmett Lived Here

This is 211 W. Cervantes Street, in Pensacola, Florida. Emmett lived here with the J. Walter Kehoe family from 1911 to early 1913, right up to when he left for Washington, D.C. to serve as U.S. Congressman for the third congressional district. The Kehoes rented this house, and it is […]

A Seeker from Another Time

It turns out that I’m not the only one who has sought out information on Emmett Wilson. The letter was sent to Emmett’s sister, Katie. The writer of this letter, Joseph Gregoire de Roulhac Hamilton, was an impressive fellow. He was a professor and historian, and his big project was […]

One Down

As of this afternoon, I was able to take down one of the road map wall hangings. Hooray! Writing progress! My office already looks a little neater, too. I’ve been rather quiet and slow with the posts this month. I’ve directed most of my time and energy to the second […]

Hall of Fame

This was an interesting find the other day. Yes, this is the veritable “Who’s Who” of Florida’s legal and political leadership as of 1899. If you were ANYBODY of importance, your mug was here, in this eye-test of a montage. I went through every single doggone one of these images. […]

More St. Michael’s Stories

Right now, I’m in Chipley, Florida, staying with my excellent and gracious friend Pam and her family, in a historic old home where Emmett and his family members had certainly visited from time to time. There’s a photo of Emmett’s father, Dr. Wilson, posed in front of this house in […]

The Illinois Experiment

Back in the mid-1980’s, when I was a year or so out of journalism school with some experience writing for daily newspapers under my belt, I got the itch to move on to a bigger newspaper market, with a more interesting beat, and more exciting stories to write. Columbus, Mississippi […]

High Notes from 2014

It has been a really good year. I’m thankful to be here, thankful you are here, and thankful for Emmett finding a way into my life, because I (for sure) was not looking for him. I have to admit that I thought I’d be a lot further along in the […]

Minnie Kehoe, Femtor Extraordinaire

Readers, I must admit, I have great admiration for one of the femtors (female mentors) in Emmett Wilson’s life: Minnie Eloise Kehoe. I’ve mentioned her before in an earlier post. When I think about Minnie, I’m struck and awed by what she was able to achieve during her lifetime — […]