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Emma J. Bennett

Birth: She was born around 1863 at Ohio.  

Family Information: She married Edward C. Bennett in 1910 at Coles, Illinois.

Description: A very pleasant, cultivated lady who was also a teacher.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was living in Illinois with her husband and daughter, Mattie, while Ed worked as a farmer and a college teacher.

In 1920 she and Ed were living in West Virginia where both were unemployed. They came to the colony in 1928.  

Home in Colony:

Job in Colony: In June 1928 she was part of a group making sauer kraut which included: Mrs. Loutrel, Mrs. Wright, Turner, Mrs. Roe, McGee, Ethel Belcher and Mrs. Bennett.

In September 1928 he was on the college faculty along with: Lowell H. Coate - Superintendent and instructor in Sociology, Economics and Public Education; E.C. Bennett - English and History; Benjamin Roe - Scientific Agriculture; Guy F. Rogers - Mathematics; Eugene Hough - Psychology; F. Hamel - Spanish, German and Latin; Mary Erma Wilson - Voice and Piano; R.B. Snyder - Director of Orchestra, Wind and Stringed Instruments, Chorus and Ensemble; Geo. T. Pickett - Industrial Science; Daisy Daugherty - Domestic Science; Edna Mae Coffin - Manual Art, Sculpture and Architectural Drawing; Austin McLane - Journalism; Nell Rogers - Botany; Hope Shoemaker - Shorthand, Typewriting and Book-keeping; Mr. Daugherty - Intermediate Grades; Mrs. Bennet - Primary Grades; Esther Allen - Health and Hygiene; Mary H. Atworth - Librarian and Instructor in the Art of Expression; Anna Tabb - School Nurse, Dr. J.P. Kimmel - College Physician; Alice Pickett - Girls Counselor; Theodore Atworth - Oil and Watercolor Art; Alma Wilson Bell - Dramatic Art.

In December 1928 Mrs. Hopkins was caring for the kindergarten children while Mrs. Besse taught the primary grades. Mrs. Bennett was the principal of the department.

In 1935 she was teaching fifth grade in the colony schools. 

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: Around 1929 she and her husband returned to West Virginia after staying only a year or so -- soon after his accident in the planing mill, though they apparently returned to the colony around 1935.  

Death: She died in 1948 and was buried in the Bennett Cemetery at West Virginia.  

Sources: Illinois County Marriage Records; US Census: 1910, 1920; "Can We Cooperate" by Bob Brown; "Llano Colonist": June 30, 1928, September 15, 1928, September 22, 1928, December 15, 1928, March 2, 1929, October 12, 1935;  


Clipping from the Llano Colonist dated March 2, 1929.
Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated March 2, 1929. Expand Image

Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated September 22, 1928.

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