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Emmett & The Protest March

With all the protests going on in and around Washington lately, I wondered if Emmett Wilson ever participated in a march or protest? At first, I couldn’t have imagined it; certainly not in Chipley or Marianna, Florida. What would there be to launch a protest in either of these small […]

Scandal Sidetrack

For the past week, I’ve been working on the section of the book about Emmett’s graduation ceremony from Stetson University, and searching for Emmett’s valedictory speech. While the archive has a few things from 1904, such as Emmett’s commencement program, Emmett’s speech isn’t there — and unless his Elusive Scrapbooks […]

The Company He Kept

Yesterday, I came across this little article, nothing more than a little snippet from a news roundup about weekly goings-on in Washington, D.C. It was something easily overlooked, buried away on the second page of the paper.  Actually, I found it about two years ago, when I was busily collecting […]

Spring Break at Ormond

The research project about Emmett’s junior-year dorm-mates was not some big distracting side-adventure: I was going somewhere with it. Namely, Ormond Beach. Two months before the essay about the Earls of East Hall appeared in The Stetson Collegiate, I came across this item: Which of these guys had an automobile […]

The Earls of East Hall, Part IV

The final installment/study of Emmett and his junior-year college roommates at Stetson features John N. Worley, of St. Augustine, and Fred Fee, of Fort Pierce, Florida. According to the East Hall essay, Worley was the master of tall tales. He was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program; and, according to […]

The Earls of East Hall, Part III

Continuing our study of Emmett’s junior year dorm mates at Stetson University, we now come to Emmett’s name on the list: Hamilton Hall, or, Hamilton House, was a women’s cottage dorm. Here’s what the 1902 Stetson University bulletin said about the dorm: Some ‘club’ where you have to provide your […]

The Earls of East Hall, Part II

Yesterday, I introduced you to some of Emmett’s dorm mates from when he was a student at Stetson University in 1903. Here’s the snippet from the essay in the Stetson Collegiate that I’m using as the basis of my article: I left off with a discussion of Charles E. Pelot, […]

Emmett Wilson, Law Student

This week, I’m writing about Emmett’s law student days at Stetson University. Did you know Stetson was Florida’s first law school? It was founded in 1900, and Emmett was one of the very first graduates (he was in the class of 1904). When Emmett was in law school, from 1902-1904, […]

Take Me to 1911!

Guys, fantastic news! The New York Public Library released 180K historic images to a digital archive, and yes, instead of braving the frigging cold of 16 degrees (as it is outside right now), you and I can peruse in our pajamas! One very cool feature of the NYPL is this […]

A Dream About DeLand

All this Fall and Back-to-School activity around me showed up in my unconscious last night. I dreamed that I went to Emmett’s alma mater, Stetson University in DeLand, Florida! DeLand is, unfortunately, way out of my way on this next research trip down to Florida, but I’d love to see […]