Oak Hill Early Days

Little River News
March 7, 1934


By H.G. Chauncy

In 1877 my father, A.V. Chauncy, moved out from near Richmond to the neighborhood called Lick Creek, which is now known as Oak Hill neighborhood. 
At that time there were but few people who lived in that neighborhood.  They were Joe Perry, J.M. McCall, Purnel Challand, H.W. Hill, A.C. Patterson, E.S. Patterson, A.P. Patterson and their mother Mrs. Bettie Coble, a widow woman and her family, Joe Ruff, an old bachelor, A.M. Bishop, F.P. Freeman, John Henderson and Bob Campbell.
All of these people had little farms of fifteen to twenty acres.  They raised corn, potatoes, peas and all kinds of garden stuff and some cotton in those days.
There was no church nearer than Richmond and I think there was one little schoolhouse called Centerville.
The county was full of wild game, deer, turkey, wild cats, and wolves.  When the people wanted a fresh mess of meat they got together and went out and killed a deer, took his hide off and then divided the meat.
From 1877-1934 there is a great change.  In 1877 there was only one public road, known as the Richmond and Cotton Wood Schoals Road.  Now there are public roads leading in all directions.
Oak Hill has two churches, one schoolhouse and a wide spread of farming land. 
People no longer have access to a free range and there are laws, which forbid them from hunting at any time.  The community is now thickly settled and lots of good people live around Oak Hill.