In 1890, Aunt Puss Hooks, Spurger's outstanding citizen, was not known beyond the boundaries of Tyler County, Texas. She represented a way of life as it was lived in her day and a type of people who were among the unsung builders of our nation. Belonging to a generation that had its advent immediately following the Civil War, she was one of the children who had to go to the cottonfield instead of the schoolhouse.
Emma Wilson Emery writes with sensitivity and humor of a childhood spent in the Big Thicket piney woods with many interesting relatives. She later lived in Nacogdoches and worked there at her first job as typesetter for the Daily Plaindealer. She graduated from nursing school in 1911 at Shreveport and later became poet laureate of Louisiana.