The “Great Brooksvillian of the Year” is an award program established by the City of Brooksville, Florida in 2002, whereby distinguished individuals are nominated by citizens to be recognized and honored for their significant contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of our community or have had connections and/or ties to our community.
This year, John C. Emerson, was nominated by John Emerson, for this esteemed award. The voting process was completed by Brooksville City Council on Monday, August 19, 2013, and Mr. Emerson was chosen as the “2013 Great Brooksvillian of the Year” recipient.
Since he was a resident of our community, we are proud of his selfless contributions to our City as he was a tried-and-true “Great Brooksvillian”.
The “Great Brooksvillian of the Year” award ceremony and reception in the recipient’s honor is held each year during the City of Brooksville’s Annual Founders’ Week Celebration. This year’s ceremony will be on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at 201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL.
Here is a little information you may or may not have known about Mr. Emerson….
John C. Emerson was born in Ludden, Territory of North Dakota on February 18, 1892. He moved to Brooksville in the early 1900’s. Mr. Emerson married Olivette V. McGeachy of Dade City on November 21, 1916. He and his wife had three children; John C. Emerson, Jr. Donald M. Emerson and Carol (Emerson) Whitehurst.
Mr. Emerson served his country as a Sergeant in WWI in 1917. After the war, Mr. Emerson became one of the first developers in Brooksville. During the 1930’s he built several homes on the north side of the city. Mr. Emerson, known for his philanthropic deeds, not only donated building materials for many community projects which included contributing concrete blocks that were used to construct the city’s first permanent public library at Howell and Fort Dade Avenues in 1949, but he also purchased and sent thousands of blankets overseas to the American troops.
Mr. Emerson died on August 26, 1951 at the age of 59.
John C. Emerson was indeed, a great Brooksvillian.