Museum the New Llano Colony

Birdie Du Proz


Family Information: Wife of Chauncey Du Proz.  


Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony, from Florida, in December 1932 with her husband.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: Immediately after her arrival, she went to work helping Violet Dix in the peanut butter factory while she waited for the laundry to be put into commission again -- she'd had several years' experience in laundry management.

In 1933 she was "appointed the official vinegar maker" for the colony and was busy "adding something to some more of something else, to make something for some salad dressings, and maybe some other dishes, also." Her main job, however was in the laundry.

In August 1935 she was placed in charge of the hotel when Cy Horney resigned (although he did continue to assist her.)

In September 1935 Cy Horney was caught red-handed, paring off the beefsteaks for the night's dinner. Mrs. DuProz, as manager of the hotel kitchen, was superintending the process.

Other Info: In March 1933 she attended a good-bye party for the Sanford family, along with Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Banta, Mrs. June Black, Sybil Black, Cyrus Horney, Mr. and Mrs. Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Brannon, Mr. and Mrs. B. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Marve Sanford, Lou Colt, and the Messrs. Githens, D. Sanford, Beanfellow, and Starkweather.

In May 1933 she celebrated Marvin Sanford's birthday, along with DeForest and Smith Sanford, Anita Brannon, Florence Anderson, Mrs. Ivy Hoag, Chauncey DuProz, Cy Horney and Bernie and Leona Stevens.

A report in the "Llano Colonist" read, "Over at the store window you will see the big blue bird on the NRA (National Recovery Administration) poster. No business until eight o'clock. But that [sign] doesn't appear in the laundry window. No competition there. Johnny Dougherty, Mrs. Dupros, Mrs. Gaylord, Mrs. Ribbing and the girls -- when they are there -- just stick to the job until it is done."  

Post-Colony History: In November, 1935, she announced her and Chauncey's intentions to leave the colony for Long Beach, California.

Before leaving the colony in 1935, she and her husband donated a number of books to the library.

In 1937 Chauncey wrote a letter to colonists which was published in the "Llano Colonist" that says he and Birdie had been "busy as Capital B's since [they] opened their restaurant on September 7 of the previous year... in a little place of less than 1500 souls with six eating places in it." Yet in that short time they'd "climbed to... first place as an eating emporium." They were living in Hart, Michigan.


Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 7, 1933, March 4, 1933, April 15, 1933, May 6, 1933, August 19, 1933, August 31, 1935, September 7, 1935, November 2, 1935, November 9, 1935, March 20, 1937  


Drawing of Birdie DuProz from the "Llano Colonist."

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