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Chapter 3: Dissection Homework From the WFGS

Before I contacted the Pensacola Historical Society to find out more about Emmett Wilson, I made copious pots of coffee and immediately dissected the three articles sent to me from Peg Vignolo of the West Florida Genealogical Society. Newspaper articles are rich with information — it’s not only the details IN […]

The Second Research Trip to Pensacola

Friends I have finally booked the second trip to Pensacola. I’m looking forward to seeing my friends again, and filling in some of the information holes in Emmett’s story. I’ve met some very nice folks along the research trek, so, that makes doing work enjoyable. I wish everyone liked their […]

Field Trip: Emmitsburg, Maryland

It is a kind of poetic justice that I would find a trove of information for Emmett’s book in a town bearing his name. I surely did not see that one coming. Emmitsburg, Maryland, is a small college town 10 miles south of Gettysburg, near the state line. What brought […]

Get Me to the Nunnery!

Tomorrow, I have a field trip planned to the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives, and I cannot wait! Why is this such a big deal? Well, other than the fact I love Sisters — I grew up in fear and awe of them, in a good way — this is […]

He Just Went to Sleep

Notice the date. In sum, here’s what happened, 97 years ago. Emmett was hospitalized at Pensacola Hospital for almost a week prior to his death; he went through a few days of harrowing delirium tremens (and was likely strapped down during the time). It wasn’t a regular hospital room; Pensacola […]