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This is where I grew up. My dad Robert Wilson had the gas pumps and every thing right of them. My grandfather Hiley had the Liquor store left of pumps.

Wilson's Feed and Hiley's Liquor Store at the Junction of Hwy 71 and MO 136: Robert and Wanita ("Nita") Wilson owned and operated a feed store that carried "Sweet Lassy Feed" and provided many a farmer with the necessities, including gas, that they needed to raise their livestock and families.

Nita's mother and father, John Nelson ("Nels") and Mabel Eliah Hiley, owned the liquor store. Together, the family also provided fireworks for local residents to celebrate Independence Day every year. The store was family operated with Bob and Nita living on-site. They ran it for years with their children, grandchildren, and eventually great-grandchildren always there to lend a hand. Many fond memories were had by all and the Wilson's and Hiley's were people we would all aspire to be. Today, the little white building remains where the liquor store was housed. It has been renovated into a pizzeria. The other buildings are long since gone but the memories for this family will forever be engrained. Thank you for the life lessons, Nels, Mabel, Bob and Nita...may that old pop cooler forever run...the stories it could tell!

My parents Jack & Marietta Watkins were friends with Bob and Nita Wilson. They went out to dances together. Robby Wilson and I use to drive around in his old car (can't remember what model it was, but it was OLD..ha) The teenagers of Burlington Jct. in the 50's would drive down to the "Two Mile Corner" where the Wilson's station was and back to the town's Main street on Saturday nights. Fond memories...

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