Museum the New Llano Colony

Louise Gaddis

Birth: Born around 1879 in Indiana.  

Family Information: Married to Joseph Gaddis.

Mother of Beulah, Maxine and Victor Gaddis.


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was living in Houston, Texas with her parents and sister. In 1920 the family was living in Matagorda, Texas with all three children.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In March 1922 she was waiting on customers and straightening stock in the colon store.

Served on the board of directors in 1925; In charge, with Mrs. Roe, of the cannery in 1928; Also ran a linotype machine in the print shop.  

Other Info: She was often part of the theater programs -- she frequently sang and played the cello in the orchestra.

In November 1927 she participated in a couple of programs -- first she and Anna Besse sang a vocal duet accompanied on the piano by Billy DeBoer; and second she was part of a program composed chiefly of instrumental and vocal music by herself and the Mesdames Anna Besse and Ruby Nesnow and Messrs. Max Beavers, Harry Nesnow, Mickey and Price.

In May 1928 she, Anna Besse and Peter Borg contributed a trilogy on the violin, cello and piano at one of the theater programs.

Later that month two visiting musicians -- W.L. Ferris and O.L. Owens of Leesville -- collaborated with the colony orchestra which consisted of: Robert Snyder, leader; George T. Pickett, Roedemeister, Ben Roe, Raymond Faussel, Joseph Gaddis, Louise Gaddis, Billy DeBoer, C.C. Mickey, Peter Borg, Max Beavers, Warren Fread, Guy Rogers, Florence Roe and Anna Besse, pianiste.

Post-Colony History: Her family left the colony around 1930 and moved to Illinois. They kept in touch by sending letters and donations, but it doesn't appear the entire family returned until April 1933 when Beulah married Max Beavers, and then it was only for a short visit.  


Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920; "Llano Colonist": March 25, 1922, November 5, 1927, November 19, 1927, February 4, 1928, May 19, 1928, June 2, 1928, August 25, 1928, June 28, 1930, August 16, 1930, June 20, 1931, April 8, 1933  


Board of Directors, 1925: (L to R) Septer Baldwin, Sid Merrel, Ole Synoground, Carl Gleeser, Louise Gaddis, George Pickett, Bill Burton, Peter Kemp, Dan Cryer.

(L to R) Louise and Joseph Gaddis, Nellie (Kemp) and Paul Bradshaw, Victor and June Gaddis, Alex and Beulah (Gaddis) Davidson - July, 1953, Chicago.

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