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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