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Interview with Dixie and Emma Partin and their nephew Charlie Wilson.

Dixie was born Feb. 13, 1893, a member of a large pioneer family.  He is an example of a Florida Cracker, who used to be hired to drive his mules and oxen for various jobs.

Dixie and Emma Lenora (Gill) Partin and their nephew Charlie Wilson were interviewed by Frank Manual on June 3, 1975, for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee. We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.

Interview with Dixie Partin PART 1: Dixie speaks of his early years and wanting to buy his homestead in east Orange County, out near Bithlo; Emma speaks of their new home and her father, Sheriff Frank Gill. Their provisions came from Mellonville; Dixie tells of a bear hunt.


Interview with Dixie Partin PART 2: The bear hunt (continued); bee tree; Dr. Hinkle; Dr. Martin; Claude Partin; 8 child school; old creek bridge and new bridge; driving oxen.

Dixie died March 14, 1977


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Comments to “Interview with Dixie and Emma Partin and their nephew Charlie Wilson.”

  1. Tara Nichole says:

    This is my great great grandfather and great great grandmother… my great grandmother is Millie Marcile Partin.10/8/1920…. she hated the name Millie …. my grandmother is Katherine Louise Harrell aka Nana!

    I’d love to talk to the author!

    • Kim P says:

      Greetings, Tara! Thank you for visiting Orlando Memory and sharing your family history! How fortunate you are to have this recording of your great great grandfather! It is wonderful to hear pioneers speak about their experiences. We hope you find other posts that bring back fond memories. ORLANDO MEMORY TEAM

  2. Donna Stott says:

    This is of my great grandparents. I have images you could use of them if you’d like them. Please let me know.

    • Viviana Valencia-Serrano says:

      We would love to share them. Thank you!

      • Diana Niedermann says:

        Viviana Valencia-Serrano,
        I am the great granddaughter of Dixie and Emma. I am working on a transcriptions of these recordings. I will provide that when I am finished. He died when I was thirteen but I can still understand most of what he is saying.
        Diana Hey Niedermann
        407 489 0829

        • Viviana Valencia-Serrano says:

          These interviews were transcribed o and are in the Research department at Orange County Regional History Center. If that helps! Thank you

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