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Agnes Hardy Alternate spelling Agnis

Birth: She was born in 1873 at New York.  

Family Information: Wife of Edward Hardy.

Sister of Miss Kate Hubert.


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living in California with her husband, children, mother, sister and her husband's brother.  

Home in Colony: In 1931 she was living in the colony with her husband and sister, Kate.  

Job in Colony: In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.

In June 1931 the midday meal was prepared and served by the Mesdames Lentz, Long, White, Corbett, Nesnow, Parsons, Hardy, Joynes and the Misses Stella Kittle, Bays and Caves. Frances Wilkerson and Virginia and Ruth Kittle gathered the trays which Mrs. Wright was kept busy wiping for repeated service.

In 1932 she had been, for a long time, in charge of the dish washing, three times a day, and because of dish shortage it was a strenuous joy which she did well. It was reported that there was "seldom any wait of the line on this account."

In June 1934 she washed dishes for all three meals at the hotel dining room, while May Gosset dried at dinner and supper, ably assisted by Kenneth Dean, Sylvester Watson and Loleta Murray.

In March 1936 she had been writing the Colony Diary for the "Llano Colonist," but at the time her husband was very ill and she was forced to spend her full time caring for him.

In May 1936 she, along with Mrs. Minnie Hewitt and Charlotte, Mrs. Bondell Banta, Mrs. White, Ed Mansfield, Harold Emery, and Ed and Ida Cole helped prepare for the first reception of the summer season that was held in the Roof Garden.  

Other Info: In 1933 Ida Ann Bartlett began promoting a better social life for colonists who did not dance. She organized Monday night gatherings which would feature cards, dominoes, chess, checkers, etc. Hikes and other outdoor activities would be included as the weather improved. The first party was held in her home and featured Victrola music as the entertainment. Among those present were Marcus Mardfin, Theodore Atworth, C.W. Fields, Ed Schott, H.G. Starkweather, Chester Page, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy, John Black, S.E. Broyles and Boyd Bartlett.

In September 1935 it was reported that the Hardy's and Miss Hubert would return to the colony in the last week of October from California.

In May 1937 she and her sister, Agnes, were making plans to leave the colony. Agnes invited the Study Club to her home for a social gathering before they left and to celebrate May Day.

Later that month the sisters were seen getting on the bus and it was assumed that they were leaving the colony. However they only made a trip to Leesville and returned the same day. They did, however, expect to leave the following week.

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living California with her sister, Kate Hubert.

Death: She died in 1964 at Los Angeles, California.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; Llano Colonist: May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, June 6, 1931, August 1, 1931, October 31, 1931, October 8, 1932, May 20, 1933, June 30, 1934, September 7, 1935, March 7, 1936, April 4, 1936, May 30, 1936, May 15, 1937, May 22, 1937, May 29, 1937; California Death Index  


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