Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #161

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #161

…John Ferrell has already assessed his estate and has negotiated the storm tangle to check on his extended family…

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Tornado II by Torrie Smiley

   A branch is considered a stick and many of them are scattered across a quarter mile wide, five mile long path that began to the southwest, in the vast expanses of the Apalachicola forest. It had to be a twister at least that is the consensus of those left in its turbulent wake that marched steadily northeastward to rural Tallahassee, in the early morning hours of a warm early spring night, including a brush with San Luis Lake, which is usually spared any of the real weather. A direct hit surely would have razed the only two man-made compounds on the quaint body of water.

San Luis Lake-001      Now, in the post-dawn calm, with dew points equal to the 65 degree temperatures, everyone in the Endlichoffer household is wielding big sticks; cypress and jack pine strewn on the huge garden whose ground is sustaining seedlings of carrots, beets, potato and squash.

The garden is a family project, a source shared responsibility and pride. The 2000 square foot plot is ever in need of weeding, fertilizing, protection from vegetarian rodents, or watering, though this morning has provided 2 months’ worth of moisture deep into the subsoil. That a bountiful harvest is a bi-yearly event is a miracle in itself, considering that the native soil was mostly sand, without a favorable pH.

As is usually the case, in times of potential disaster, John Ferrell has already assessed his estate and has negotiated the storm tangle to check on his extended family. Laura Bell and Maggie Lou have not gone away and no matter how convenient it would have been if they did, Ziggy and Frieda would rather give up breathing than part ways with their chalet.

 John has witnessed an evolution, from desperate refuge, in the days of Princess Olla’s pregnancy, to absolute integration into the lives of the dearest old Germans you could ever find. That is why he makes the trek down a well-worn path on a daily basis, under the auspices of a morning constitutional, when it is breakfast he shares… Martha knows.


 

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #157

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #157

…Harv Pearson is the nearer to the telegraphic news ticker, so he picks up the end of the two foot and adding paper ribbon, reading his way back to the busy machine…

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Chapter Nine

SHIFTING SANDS

 

“What is coming through the wire?” asks Judith Eastman. “It looks unusually long.”

She is speaking to Harv Pearson, in a rare moment when they are in their Rochester office simultaneously. One or the other or both are on the road most of the time.

“Might be a test run. It’s a bit early for news and there hasn’t been anything worthwhile for weeks,” certainly not of the human interest variety, the kind that makes good pictures and good press.

They are at the mercy of the news and news makers. Beginning with their first issue of the Pearson-Eastman Journal, the blockbuster interview and pictorial of Teddy Roosevelt in the American West, they had set the standard for finding great stories, combining the two mediums into a must read for millions of readers, i.e. subscribers.

  Harv is the nearer to the telegraphic news ticker, so he picks up the end of the two foot and adding paper ribbon, reading his way back to the busy machine. He keeps adjusting his reading spectacles like they must be distorting the words.

“Does the cat have your tongue?” asks Judith playfully; curious as to why his mouth is hanging open without so much as a peep.

“We’re headed for California,” he says simply.

“Another gold rush?”

“Only if the U.S. Mint isn’t earthquake proof.”

“You don’t say.”

“Read for yourself,” he hands her the start of a frightening account. “It’s on fire, Judith, my God, it’s only after 5 o’clock in the morning there. Most people were sleeping when it hit, I would think that casualties are high.”

“We wouldn’t get there for three days.” She recounts the train ride back from Yosemite, in the Journal’s inaugural days.

“There is nothing else going on.” He laments the fluffy content of their magazine of late, though no one in their right mind would wish disaster on anyone for the sake of news. “If I know Jackson (his editor at the Quincy Reporter) we’ll be lucky if we beat him there.”

“You mean your newspaper has room in the budget for that?”

Quincy Reporter-001    “He watched me chase stories for years, not standard procedure for a small town rag, but I own it. He does not take that into account. If I told him he couldn’t, I would lose my credibility. The Reporter has the reputation of getting a big story first hand.”

“So, why don’t you sell him the Reporter?” This is not the first time she has suggested that move, for mostly selfish reasons that include taking away the one threat to his continued and permanent presence in her life. She has passed that point where she has enough emotional fuel for a return trip to her once lonely world. If only he would take that final step concerning their relationship; a proposal of betrothal instead of status quosal. “I mean, he has been running it without much help from you for five years now, something he pointed out when you were too busy to buy those new printing presses. The poor guy is working himself to death while you are doing a scant imitation of William Randolph Hearst.”


 

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #153

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… No one listening to this fiery man of God, on that hot June day, really believed that Ezra Elijah is his real name…

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Back “home” in Leon and Gadsden Counties, Florida, big business is small and bustling city life is not. If Tallahassee were not the capital of its state and it did not have the two universities, the area more closely resembles southern Georgia or Alabama or Mississippi.

San Luis Lake-001 But it is not and that is a good thing, though as 1902 replaces 1901, there is still widespread poverty in the entire South, including Tallahassee, Midway and Quincy.

The Ferrells, John, Martha and Agnes, operate on the fringe of all that is bad, their place in the community tied to the locations of their three groceries. The neighborhoods are representative of the typical Southern mix; from the affluent Capital Hills to black Frenchtown and not much in-between.

At home on San Luis Lake, they are insulated and isolated from the people they serve. Some would say on the fringe of reality as well.

Once upon a time

      John Ferrell has busied himself juggling his two very different worlds, managing to keep them separate, apparently by the infinite grace of God. For a man who can be formerly categorized as a two-timer on both religious and personal fronts, (attending church at Christmas and Easter, in addition to having children by wife Martha and Laura Bell), he has experienced a revival of such proportions that neither his wife or Laura Bell know what to think, though they do not dare turn down the blessing. They can thank a traveling Protestant evangelist named, Ezra Elijah of the American Bible League, barnstorming Florida with news of the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ; grace being a gift from God for those who believe in him.

No one listening to this fiery man of God, on that hot June day, really believed that Ezra Elijah is his real name, but after listening to him speak on heaven and hell, all they can think of is where they will go when they die. Most of the Tallahasseans watching and listening to the figure, on the back of a well-traveled wagon, are there by happenstance, curiosity seekers like John Ferrell. A core of bible toting black women knew of his coming and are escorting and exhorting him along his way, as far as their faithful walk with God will take them.


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Alpha Omega M.D. – People, Places, Things

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 Alpha Omega M.D.

People – Places – Things

 

Main Characters:

DOCTOR ALPHA OMEGA CAMPBELL

MAGGIE LOU CAMPBELL

ALPHA CAMPBELL (Mizzel) – #1 Campbell daughter

LAURA BELL CAMPBELL (McLoud) – #2 Campbell daughter

ZILLAH CAMPBELL (Shirley) – #3 Campbell daughter

FRANKLIN MCLOUD (LAURA BELL)

R. WORTH MOORE – A.O. Campbell attorney

GEORGE LEWIS – Lewis State Bank

AUDREY FRANICH – Girl who died causing A.O. downfall

MRS. ADDIE GRAY – Mother of Audrey Franich

JOHN FERRELL – Patriarch Ferrell’s Grocery

MARTHA FERRELL – Wife & Mother

AGNES (NESSIE) FERRELL – Daughter

JAMES FERRELL – Son

JOSEPH – Ferrell house servant

PRINCESS OLLA (LAURA BELL) – Upstairs maid for Ferrell household, et al

JEFFERSON SMYTHWICK – Landlord of Fort Sumter South plantation

ABIGAIL SMYTHWICK – Daughter & girlfriend to James Ferrell

WILLY CAMPBELL – Patriarch

AMANDA CAMPBELL – Matriarch

THE CAMPBELL CHILDREN

  • Hosea – oldest
  • Alfrey (A.O.)
  • Agnes
  • Emily – deceased 1893 est.
  • Francis

HERBERT LOVE – Operator Love Dairies

PHOEBE LOVE – Wife & philanthropist

JACOB HALEY –  School Teacher + President Gadsden County Anti-slavery Society

JACQUES FRANCOIS – Apothecary + member GCASS

THE FABULOUS FLYING BLEAKER BROTHERS – All the way from Czechoslovakia

DOC “ZIGGY” SIEGFRIED ENDLICHOFFER – San Luis Lake neighbor to Ferrells

FRIEDA ENDLICHOFFER – Ziggy’s wife

HARV PEARSON – Publisher The Quincy Reporter

JUDITH EASTMAN – Photography pioneers with the Eastman Kodak Company

CLETE WILSUP – Love Dairies truck drive, brother of FRANK – the Love dairy pasteurizer

HANK BLOUNT – Lord of his company town, Father of Charlie

CYRIL ODZ (ODEZICINSKI) – Gadsden County Sheriff

SIR JAMES MATTHEW BARRIE – Scottish playwright

MARY PICKFORD – Actress

CAMILLE DIAZ – Meets A.O. in Atlantic City

SARA FENWICK (FANNY RENWICK)– Proprietor Fenwick Fabriques – witness to mugging

CAROLYN HANES (CONSTANCE CARAWAY)– Writer & “friend” of Sara Fenwick

CHARLES WILSON –  Friends Killed Princess Olla/Laura Bell

CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD – Pan American Pacific Clipper

R WORTH MOORE – SINCLAIR CLAVITT  – A.O.’s new attorneys

AUDRIE FRANICH – A.O. delivers her stillborn baby

MARY GRAY – Audrie’s mother

JOE SLATER – Detective who helps Carolyn Hanes with sting on Leon County Sheriff

WINTHROP JOYCE – Leon County Sheriff

WILBERT HOPKINS – Florida State’s Attorney

HARRY MORRISON – Assistant State’s Attorney

Supporting Characters:

Frank Lightfoot – Starke Prison Guard

Warden Hayes – Starke Prison Warden

Charles Wilson – Capital Plaza Hotel

Samuel Goldblatt III – Holiday Inn Hotel Founder 

Vaughn Mizzel (Alpha husband)

Bill Shirley (Zillah husband)

Lettie Golden – Maggie Lou’s mother, escaped from Sumter w/Campbells

Reverend Bill Johnson – Pastor Faith Resurrection Baptist Church

Edwina Stephens – Family friend

J. Kenty Johnson – Professional colleague of A.O.

Henry Palmer – A.O. advocate (Southeastern Medical Society)

Jim Stack – States Attorney Florida

W.D.(Wilbert) Hopkins – Governor of Florida (States Attorney during Campbell Trial)

Pigface – Plantation Overseer

Lieutenant Commander Maynard Gaskel – Martha (Gaskel) Ferrell’s brother

Reverend Watkins – Officiant at James & Abigail’s wedding

Edna Finkle – Elderly wedding guest

Calvin Falstaff – Weather Bureau Chief

Fulton Allanson III & IV – Editors of the Tallahassee Democrat

Capt. Phileas Longfellow – From the River Queen riverboat

Catfish Al – Albert Wright, cousin of Orville & Wilbur

President William McKinley

Ellsworth Milton Statler – Hotelier

George Eastman – Eastman Kodak, brother of Judith

President Theodore Roosevelt

Ezra Elijah – Traveling Evangelist

Hannah Fielding – Charlie Blount’s girlfriend

Calhoun County Sheriff – Unnamed

Sheriff Hansen – Liberty County sheriff

Charles Bonaparte – Attorney General under T. Roosevelt

President Howard TafT

General Henri Philippe Petain – Battle of Verdun

Colonel Billy Mitchell – WWI flying ace

Rear Admiral William S. Sims – USS Chesapeake Bay

Emmeline Pankhurst– Suffragette

Alice Paul – Suffragist

Sam Shuster – Tallahassee Chief of Police

Juan “Terry” Trippe – CEO Pan American Airways

1st Officer Rod Brown – Pacific Clipper

Barney Sawicki – Crew member falls for Sara Fenwick

Sergeant Vincent Smith – Holloman AFB

Stanley Rogers – Editor @ Harper Books

Ben Wright – Jane Friez – doctors treating Sara Fenwick

Missy Hart – Missy Sanders – A.O.’s abortion patients

Jordan Essington  – Attorney for Missy Sanders

 

Places & Things:

TALLAHASSEE FLORIDA (LEON COUNTY)

STARKE PRISON

LEWIS STATE BANK

HOLIDAY INN

FRENCHTOWN

SAN LUIS LAKE

GADSDEN COUNTY FLORIDA

FORT SUMTER SOUTH PLANTATION

MIDWAY, FLORIDA

QUINCY, FLORIDA

LOVE DAIRIES

GADSDEN COUNTY ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY (GCASS)

FERRELL HILLSIDE ESTATE

PENSACOLA & EAST R.R.

THE SINKING OF BATTLESHIP MAINE IN HAVANA CUBA 1898

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

THE GALVESTON HURRICANE 1900

THE U.S. WEATHER BUREAU

THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA (RIVER QUEEN)

PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION 

BUFFALO/NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK STATE

THE QUINCY REPORTER

ROCHESTER NEW YORK

SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE 1906

BLOUNTSTOWN FLORIDA

THE FBI ESTABLISHED

WORLD WAR I

SS OSCAR II

PERTH SCOTLAN

ATLANTIC CITY N.J.

FENWICK’S FABRIQUES

PAN AMERICAN AIRWAYS PACIFIC CLIPPER

WORLD WAR II

TRINCOMALEE CEYLON

ROSWELL NEW MEXICO

WALTER REED ARMY HOSPITAL

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