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Bennie Jean (Brown) Frahm

Birth: She was born in 1911 in Arkansas.  

Family Information: Sister of Daisie Brown.

She married Henry C. Frahm, Jr. in a double wedding ceremony with her sister who married his brother, Walter Frahm.

From the "Llano Colonist" dated June 25, 1932:

"Reception and Double Wedding at Newllano
'Beautiful! Beautiful,' were the expressions from many sources during the progress of the first reception of the Summer and double-wedding ceremony at the Roof Garden Friday night, June 17, at which more than 500 colonists and visitors were present.

Music, instrumental, radio, song, dancing and games of various kinds and splendid refreshments featured the magnificent evening, in which the brothers Walter and Henry Frahm were joined in matrimony to the sisters Daisy and Bennie Brown by Rev. Dr. Samuel S. Irwin, president of the Christian Co-operative Commonwealth, three miles below Llano, by the impressive Episcopal service.

Lovely flowergirls, tastefully dressed for the occasion, sedately and with no little grace preceded the matron of honor, Mrs. Dick Brannon, who in turn, preceded the wedding principals.

The marchers moved to the majestic strain of the wedding march, played by a 15-piece orchestra under Wm. Bingham, and between a living cordon of ribbon-bearers, that extended for almost a hundred feet, or as long as most of the big churches. Dr. Irwin, the officiating pastor, waited to receive the couples on a raised platform, embowered by green...

After the ceremony, the Mr. and Mrs. Walter Frahm and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frahm, (and oh! what a thrill that 'Mrs.' can mean to two hearts), received the congratulations of the colonists under the leaf-shaded globe, upon the dais. Finally breaking away from the enthusiastic friends, many of whom were youngsters who went to both Daisy and Bennie as teachers, they received some hasty refreshments at the stand at the Roof Garden entrance, and departed for the evening on an extended auto trip with Comrade Sanford, Sr., he of the print shop, over the perfect No. 171 National Highway, ending with a chicken dinner at a late hour.

As 8 o'clock approached, the mixed quartet, which is becoming quite a feature in the social life of the colony, composed of Mrs. Dick Brannon, Mrs. Mary Roe, Mr. W.R. Gaylord, chorus leader, and Dr. Williams, ascended the platform and sang, "O, Promise Me" which proved to be the signal for the cortege to form in position.

Headed by the flowergirls, Mary Barrett, Charlotte Hewitt, Ione Quipp and Dorothy Loutrel, who proudly marched and cast petals in the path of the bridal couples the ceremony was on.

Mrs. Dick Brannon, herself tall, looked stunning, with lovely, flowing dress, arms filled with flowers, from the colony's botanical section, followed her diminutive flower girls and wayshowers, was matron of honor.

Walter Frahm and Daisy Brown, groomed and gowned, appropriately and most tastefully the bride-to-be carrying a heavy, odorous bouquet, immediately preceded the younger brother Henry Frahm and sister, Bennie Brown, likewise splendidly arrayed for the occasion. Holding the two long orange-colored ribbons were eight of the colony's loveliest girls, in their teens, and each was a picture of beauty: Rhea Mae Baldwin, Esta Caves, Ruth Shoemaker, Hortense Self, Vivian Busick, Irma Hayes, Verda Bradshaw and Nora Sennett.

General Manager George T. Pickett, who also expertly played the traps, in his speech on psychological nights, has stated many times that there was a depression on. Viewing the ceremony, the bright faces, the vari-colored crowd, the evidence of prosperity everywhere, one would think that such a thing had never been heard of here...

An interesting and thrilling moment arrived at the conclusion of the wedding ceremonies, that is, when the bride tosses her bouquet over left shoulder to the expectant bride's maids. Tradition has it that whoever catches the bunch of flowers will be an early bride. Daisy's bouquet was captured by Rhea Mae Baldwin and Bennie's was caught by Vivian Busick, and all thought that the right girls had received them."


Pre-Colony History: In 1930 she and Daisie were living in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she worked as a housekeeper in private homes.  

Home in Colony: In December 1932 those living at the Isle of Cuba Plantation (near Thibodeaux, LA) included: Sam Hall, Harry Morgan, Henry and Bennie Frahm, Beldon Lewis, F. Gossett, John Horney, Roy McLean, Mrs. Swilley and Mr. and Mrs. Perkins with their four children.

By the end of the month, the group had added Mrs. Gossett, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shipman, Albert Wicks, Dolly McCullough, Jim Nash, Earl Swenson and Ranny Wells.  

Job in Colony: In 1931 she was listed among volunteers who spent some time working at Cravens, Louisiana, where colonists were salvaging materials from the old sawmill town.

In July 1931 the veneer plant was going in full force with Johnny Dougherty, Long, Ole Synoground, Carl Bradshaw, George Jensen, Slaughter, Ray Bradshaw, Fred Hamel, Hoag and Roede on the job; as well as Bennie Brown, Jimmie Brown, Helen Joe Dougherty, Lucille Oberlitner, Rhea Mae Baldwin, George Maki and Jimmie Dix.

In December 1932 she was listed as one of the Isle of Cuba (near Thibodeaux, LA) workers.  

Other Info: In April 1932 she and Henry, Daisie and Walter helped decorate the Roof Garden and Theater in preparation for May Day. She and Henry went to the woods in Henry's truck to procure pine, gum and palm leaf ferns to use for decorations in the roof garden and at the theater entrance.  

Post-Colony History: In October 1933 two more Frahm brothers traveled to the colony from California -- they came to take Walter and Henry (along with their wives and babies) back to California.  


Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": March 14, 1931, July 4, 1931, January 19, 1932, April 30, 1932, June 25, 1932, December 10, 1932, December 24, 1932, October 14, 1933  


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