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Chapter 155: 2nd Pensacola

September 27, 2015Pensacola, Florida I was anxious driving around Pensacola, on my way to the Hampton Inn to meet my friend Nancy for the first time in person; so much so that I was practicing what I would say to her upon meeting. She and I had a wide-ranging correspondence […]

Chapter 154: Nancy

September 20, 2015Pensacola, Florida I first met Nancy Rayburn online, over a year ago, on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. She had posted an extensive biography of Robert Anderson on the USGenWeb website. The text came from an obscure history book, and while the University of Maryland has a great InterLibrary […]

Chapter 152: Meet the Richardsons

October 21, 2021Chevy Chase, Maryland Because we have very little primary information (letters, journals, scrapbooks, personal testimony) from Emmett, the next best thing is primary information from Emmett’s friends, family, and colleagues, in addition to the secondary information (newspaper articles, books, other research). Emmett spent a lot of time with […]

Chapter 143: Indebted

September 27, 1907306 Brent BuildingPensacola, Florida I’ve done what I’ve been told to do for one year; namely: to keep my head down, to work hard, to follow directions (specifically, of Kehoe, and my Uncle Evelyn Maxwell), to be serious. So far, their advice has paid off handsomely. The directions […]

Chapter 136: The Price of My Grand Scheme

October 16, 1906John Kehoe House221 W. Cervantes StreetPensacola, Florida The old man had a nice setup here, that’s for sure. I’m staying John Kehoe’s old room with Minnie and Fannie Kehoe. Even as the Kehoes were mourning their father, it all seemed serendipitous — at least that’s what Fannie said […]

Chapter 135: Setting the Scene

June 10, 2021Chevy Chase, Maryland Before we jump into the next chapter of Emmett’s life, let’s set the scene: In September, 1906, we know that Emmett moved to Pensacola. He moved in with family friends; specifically, the John Kehoe family, at 221 West Cervantes Street in Pensacola. John Kehoe was […]

Being Frank

I came across this today. I wonder if this Frank Wilson is related to my Emmett Wilson. Emmett had several older brothers, mentioned in previous blog entries. One was named Francis Childria Wilson, Jr., after Emmett’s father. Frank Jr. died in 1943. Frank Jr. and his wife, May, only had […]

What Was There

This is another interesting resource I stumbled across this afternoon, the historic photograph site, What Was There.   How it works: You locate the historic photograph. The website then superimposes the old photo over a current photo. You can fade in and out (from the past to the present), to […]

The Big Question (Mark)

When I was growing up, I used to go to New Orleans with my family to visit cousins and friends, and to celebrate Mardi Gras. My cousin’s house was on a street where two large parades would pass every year. The parades were on different days, of course. Occasionally, on […]

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 […]