Uncle Gus Wilson

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Uncle Gus Wilson - I 1 Uncle Gus Wilson, Farmer And...
I 1 Uncle Gus Wilson, Farmer And Philanthropist, Dies 3 McKINNEY, Tex., Oct. 3 (IP)— 'Uncle Gus" Wilson, a farmer who massed $80^,000 during 91 years and gave it all away, was buried yesterday in a remnant of his once vast land holdings, the family burial Plot. Collin County folk knew A. M. Wilson ar, "the philantropist in overalls." He lived in a little log cabin from the time he came here S6 years ago with his parents from Kentucky. He worked hard. He had frugal habits. Even in death, he would not impose impose upon friends. His ccffln and tombstone had been selected and paid tor 10 years ago. The undertaker undertaker had been paid in full. Stories of his generosity are many. Once he passed a cotton field where a youth worked with a hoe. "Uncle Gus" stopped. The youth Harvesting Beets BLISSFIELD, Mich., Oct. 3 — The Great Lakes Sugar Co. has begun Its. campaign with about 400 men employed In three shifts. The narvest of beets began Tuesday. didn't look up—just kept hoeing. To the lad who had worked on his mind "Uncle Gus" gave $1,000 In stocks. A farmer owed "Uncle Gus" a heavy balance on a farm. The farmer farmer and his wife toiled long in the fields; paid as they could. One night the farm couple turned over their supper plates and found a "paid in full" receipt. Newly-married couples who caught his fancy returned from honeymoons to find automobiles in their garage. He gave farms to poor, industrious men. He paid for the erection of churches, irrespective of denomination denomination ; built a school and a home for teachers and set apart 150 acres of rich farming land for its maintenance. maintenance. Several times he guaranteed guaranteed teachers' salaries to keep school doors open. "Uncle Gus" never married, living living alone with a faithful dog which died a few years ago. He erected a tombstone for the dog. Now he lies within a few paces of his lifetime lifetime companion. I v

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  1. The Sandusky Register,
  2. 04 Oct 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 17

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