Clipped From The Mexia Weekly Herald
Uncle Gus ^Wilson, 91, Benefactor of Many, is Moyrned McKINNEY. Oct. 2 <U.R) — In the little family cemetery s plot which was almost his last possession, A. M. (Uncle Gus) Wilson, 91, who spent a lifetime and a fortune doing good to others, was buried today. Wilson, who never married, lived in a log cabin about six miles northwest of here most of his life— ever _since he moved to Colliii county, with his parents in 1849. When the country developed and prospered, Wilson prospered, with it. At one time he was' considered quite wealthy and ha had vast land holdings. When'he died, however, he had little left. He had given everything away., • t Friends, who gathered at the Christian church' here today for Wilson's funeral, recalled his philanthropies. In 'all, they figured, he had given to friends more than ?750,000 in his lifetime. Persons were industrious and stuck to their business, received most of Wilson's gifts. No one could tell when some stranger, diligently at work, might strike Wilson's fancy and be the recipient of some 'gift. Newly married persons in this community often found new automobiles in their garage the day after their marriage. Farmers distressed with heavy debts, might return from their labor in the fields to find the mortgage on their farm paid off and the mortgage under their supper plates. Such were Wilson's methods of rewarding persons whom he liked. Once, so the story goes. Wilson passed a boy chopping cotton in field.' The boy didn't look up when Wilson passed on the road, but kept on with his wor. His diligence struck Wilson's fancy and he rewarded him with $1,000. Other people, whom he deemed worthy, were given farms. Several churches of various denomination received large gifts. In'later years, friends noted one eccentricity in th aging man. Wilson began to look forward to death. He purchased a coffin, a tombstone and marked the place where he was to lie in the .family plot. When ' death finally overtook him last Monday, he was ready to go. In order to make other people happy, he had given away almost everything^he had.