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Maxine Gaddis

Birth: Born in July 1909 in Nebraska.  

Family Information: Daughter of Louise and Joseph Gaddis; Sister of Beulah 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 1922 she was often helping wait upon tables at the hotel and sometimes working with the crew in the print shop.

In March 1922 the crew at the print shop included Mrs. Cantrell and Rose, Comrades Buck, Gleeser and Newman with assistance from students C. Shutt, Maxine and Victor Gaddis, Albert Kapotsy and Arthur Montrose.

In April 1922 she was still part of a group of students who helped out at the print shop that included her brother, Victor, Clarence Shutt and Albert Kapotsy.

She also was part of a group of students including Vinita Thurman, Margaret Kapotsy, Alice Jaques and Laura Synoground who were shelling peanuts at the store. 

Other Info: In 1922 Harry Bell, Jr. was the manager of the Newllano Theater. In April of that year he performed the ditty "I Love a Lassie" in one of the theater programs assisted by a bevy of lovely girls consisting of Louise Belorahdsky, Rose Matz, Maxine Gaddis, Vinita Thurman, and Mildred Seelye.

Later that month he did another sketch assisted by the Misses Louise Belorahdsky, Gertrude West, Rosa Matz and Maxine Gaddis and Comrades Frank Newman and Bill Beavers. "It was a one-act melodrama, and a scream indeed. Harry sang: "They all go wild over me" -- but that [wa]s just his conceit. He [wa]s not the only pebble on the beach. There [we]re others."  

Post-Colony History: At the time of her death in 1930, she was living in Tempe, Arizona where she worked as a linotype operator for a printer. Her mother, who provided the information for the death certificate, gave her own address as Kansas, so apparently Maxine was no longer living with her parents.  

Death: Died in February 1930 in Arizona of Pulmonary TB.  

Sources: Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920; "Llano Colonist": March 11, 1922, March 25, 1922, April 15, 1922, April 22, 1922, November 5, 1927, February 4, 1928, May 26, 1928; Arizona Death Records  


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