Museum the New Llano Colony

Eudora "Dora" Kemp

Birth: Born in Kansas in 1875.  

Family Information: Wife of Peter Kemp.

Mother of Myrtle, Nellie and Harold Kemp.

Step-mother of Jimmy Kemp.


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she and Peter had been married for one year. They were living in California with his 12 year old son, James. In 1910 they still lived in California and had three more children.  

Home in Colony: In 1920 she was living in Newllano colony with her husband and three children.  

Job in Colony: In April 1928 Mrs. Swenson and Dixon got breakfast at the hotel while Mrs. Davidson, Allie Belle Hewitt and Mrs. Kemp prepared the noon meal. Mrs. Fread, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Shutt got the evening meal.

She also worked in the laundry. In August 1931 the laundry crew included the Mesdames Synoground, Dora Kemp, J.L. Dougherty, Van Antwerp, Self, Dix and the Misses Hortense Self and Jeannette Wooley.

In October 1936 Mrs. Perkins was in charge of the sewing room, upstairs in Apartments de Llano, where the weekly mending and patching was done. Mrs. Kemp cut the patches and Mrs. Jack Murray, with daughter, Sybil, rounded out the personnel. Though Sybil was very young and new at the job, she was "catching on rapidly." 

Other Info: She was one of the members of the colony when George Pickett first named General Manager.

In 1929 the theater program featured camera pictures of Llano, California and Newllano which were shown on a white screen while George Pickett paid tribute to the Auld Lang Syners who had been part of the pioneer days of the colony including: Peter, Dora and Harold Kemp; L. Roedemeister, Dad Thomas and Mr. Fox; Septer, Runa and Rhea May Baldwin; Chas. Anderson, Anton Van Nuland and Theo Landrum; Susan and Albert Moore; William and Mrs. Newman; Arthur, Donna, Donna 2nd and Dolores Goble; and George Pickett himself.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living on a farm in Gila, Grant County, New Mexico with husband, Peter.  

Death: She died in 1944 in New Mexico.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 7, 1928, March 9, 1929, August 15, 1931, April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924), August 17, 1935, October 3, 1936;  


Harold, Dora and Pete Kemp standing in front of "Stude".

Laundry Crew - Back Row (L to R) Mrs. Ole, Mickey, Laura Synoground, Allie Belle Hewitt, Dora Kemp; Front Row (L to R) Irene, Vivian and Helen Joe.

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