It’s that time of year again! Happy Birthday to you, Emmett!
December 28, 1900, 7:30 pm Chipley, Florida “About done in there, Emmett?” Blake stuck his head around the door of the depot’s back office, where I sat at the telegraph, finishing the report for today’s telegraph messages. The key had been silent for the past 15 minutes or so, a […]
Page six of Katie Wilson Meade’s narrative continues from the trip out of the jungle back to civilization. This section picks up from the last sentence of page five in the previous post. The men walked along side of the wagon, so when the oxen got stubborn the men yelled […]
What I love about Katie’s narrative about her family’s years in British Honduras are the anecdotes. She’s a wonderful storyteller, sharing family experiences in detail. I wish she were still alive — I would love to interview her. Here’s the fourth page of Katie Wilson Meade’s story: We had a […]
I remember Saturday, June 8, 2013, as one of those glorious late Spring days in Maryland — the sky was clear blue without a cloud in sight, the temperature around 72, the trees were (finally!) all full with fresh green leaves. The plants I’d set out a few weeks earlier […]
Here’s information that Emmett’s youngest brother, Walker Wilson, was applying for membership in the Train Dispatcher’s Association of America (via Google docs). Deciphering the item — S.A.L. was the Seaboard Air Lines railroad. Walker’s employment with the railroad was not simply a family tradition, but an important employer in the […]
Continuing the story of Emmett’s youngest brother, Walker (no middle name) Wilson: Walker started a career with the Seaboard Air Lines Railroad around 1908, and moved to Tampa. Two years later, in 1910, Walker married Jesse Evans, of Gainesville. The family genealogy reports that Walker met Jesse in Gainesville while […]
Our last sibling essay in Emmett Wilson’s family story focuses on the youngest son, Walker Wilson. Walker was born in Chipley, Florida in 1884, six months after his family emigrated back to the U.S. from Belize, when Emmett was two years old. I have a few clips from the Chipley […]