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a. Note:   Erma Hill Wilson was born July 22, 1877 in Oakland, TN in the old house that stood on the present location of the home built by her husband, Dr. Louis D. McAuley. Bigsister and Uncle louis had no children, but they were a focal point for the extended family. The Oakland farm was the location of many reunions and family gatherings to celebrate holidays. Many of the young family members spent happy hours there in the summer exploring the farm, fishing in the cattle ponds, and enjoying the good food and company of Bigsister and Uncle Louis. The house is a large, plantation style home with a porch across the front and down half the east side. It is pleasant to sit on the porch in the swing or in one of the chairs and just listen to the sounds of a quiet farm day or evening. Bigsister was a woman of very strong religious faith and was very active in church functions. She taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and lived her life as an example for others. She was an excellent cook and did much canning from the garden. There were chickens for eggs and eating, hogs and cattle for meat, cow for milk and butter, a garden for an extensive variety of vegetables and fruits, and an occasional fish from the ponds or a rabbit or squirrel from the woods when someone went hunting. Occasionally, a poor patient of Uncle Louis, unable to pay in cash, would pay in barter, such as corn, piglets, chickens, etc. There was never a lack of food. Bigsister was beloved by her family and all her friends. It was a true loss when she passed away on March 19, 1973, four months shy of age 96.


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