Museum the New Llano Colony

Florence Aiton 

Birth: She was born in Texas around 1914.  

Family Information: Daughter of John Aiton.

Step-daughter of Alice Aiton; step-sister of Mary Halahan and Violet Dix.  

Description: One newspaper account described her as follows: "Florence is a blond lass whose forehead resembles that of her father."  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living in Dallas, Texas with her parents and older brother.

After her mother's death in 1920, her father and his second wife brought her to live in the colony.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1930 she and Violet were working part-time in the laundry under Lillie Synoground who was the supervisor.  

Other Info: She was often part of the program at the theater in 1929 and a senior member of the Glee Club. In April 1929 she sang second soprano as a member of the Senior Glee Club along with Ruth Shoemaker, Blanch Porter, Beatrice Jensen and Ruth Kingsbury; first sopranos included: Kathleen Bridwell, Zelma De Fausell, Hope Shoemaker and Jennie Black; and alto was sung by: Gertrude Maki, Laura Synoground, Allie Belle Hewitt, Bonnie Enfield and Lois Brattland.

In November 1930 she was part of the re-organized Girls Glee Club which included: Florence Aiton, Nellie Bradshaw, Verda Bradshaw, Madeline Van Buskirk, Ethel Clark, Zelma De Faussell, Gladys Kimball, Ruth Kittle, Hope Shoemaker, Ruth Shoemaker, Laura Synoground, Dorothy Thompson, Sylvia Tuber and Ruby Nesnow, pianiste.  

Post-Colony History: In June 1933 she graduated from high school in Texas.

She returned to the colony from Dallas with her German police dog in December 1935, to stay with her father at his home a short distance north of the colony (on Redtown Road).

In July 1936 she spent several weeks visiting friends in Dallas where she visited the Centennial Exposition several times.

She married Aubrey J. Douglas in 1952.  

Death: She died in Texas, 1971.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1920, 1930; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": April 13, 1929, April 20, 1929, August 24, 1929, June 14, 1930, August 23, 1930, October 18, 1930, November 8, 1930, June 17, 1933, December 7, 1935, July 25, 1936; Museum Collection: Personal diary of John Aiton; Texas Death Certificates 1903-1892; Texas Select County Marriage Records

Newllano Highschool Girls Glee Club
Newllano Highschool Girls Glee Club. Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated April 13, 1929.

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