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Nellie (Kemp) Bradshaw

Birth: She was born in the USA around 1909.  

Family Information:

Daughter of Peter and Dora Kemp.

Sister to Jimmy, Myrtle and Harold Kemp.

She married Paul Bradshaw while living in the colony.


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was living with her parents in California.  

Home in Colony: In 1920 she was living with her parents in the Newllano colony.

After she married and according to maps, the Paul Bradshaw family lived three houses north of Hwy. 1211 on the east side of what is now Third St.  

Job in Colony:

In April 1922 she was part of a group of students who helped out at the kindergarten that included Rosa Matz, Ruby Synoground, Laura Merrill, Nellie Kemp, Vinita Thurman and Mabel Synoground.

She also worked in the cafeteria -- shelling peanuts, setting tables, getting dinner together and washing dishes -- along with Albert Kapotsy, Alice Jaques, John Dougherty, Beulah Gaddis, Ruby Synoground, Laura Merrill, Laura Synoground, Margaret Seelye, Emma Kapotsy, Vinita Thurman, Margaret Kapotsy, Rachel Jaques and Dora Cryer.

In 1931 she was working in the sewing room. In November 1931 she, Mrs. Dean, and Mrs. Caves prepared the evening lunch.

Other Info:

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

She was often part of the program at the theater. In November 1930 she was part of the re-organized Girls Glee Club which included: Florence Aiton, Nellie Bradshaw, Verda Bradshaw, Madeline Van Buskirk, Ethel Clark, Zelma De Faussell, Gladys Kimball, Ruth Kittle, Hope Shoemaker, Ruth Shoemaker, Laura Synoground, Dorothy Thompson, Sylvia Tuber and Ruby Nesnow, pianiste.

She was one of 16 girls who wound the broad ribbons round the Maypole at Llano's birthday party in 1932 (other dancers included Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty, Laura (Synoground) Swenson, Ruth Shoemaker, Sylvia and Ruth Tuber, Verda Bradshaw, Hortense Self, Esta Caves, Helen Emry, Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Myrtle and Irene Maki, Marguerite Killian, Iris Busick, Flora Young and Rhea Mae Baldwin.)

Post-Colony History: In 1930, Nellie and Paul were living in Chicago where he worked as a receiving clerk for an electrical manufacturer and she did general office work at a coffee house.

They were living in Newton, Iowa in June, 1935, but in August 1935, Paul, Nellie and his father, W.E. Bradshaw, returned to the colony, arriving around midnight after their drive from Iowa where they had been living since leaving the colony three years prior.

In 1938, they were living in Deming, New Mexico where the couple had their own sandwich shop. Paul was employed at the Deming Army Air Field during WWII and in 1949, both Paul and Nellie were employed by the T&M Dairy.  


Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": April 22, 1922, November 8, 1930, November 21, 1931, May 14, 1932, April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist, May 17, 1924), June 8, 1935, August 17, 1935; "Deming Headlight": September 16, 1949, April 2, 1964  

Three Kemps -- (L to R) Harold, Myrtle and Nellie.
"Three Kemps" -- (L to R) Harold, Myrtle and Nellie.

Llano children involved in the 1918 play, "Pandora": (Front row L to R) Ross Brown, Mabel Synoground, Lois Will, unknown, Roberta 'Pete' Will, Mary Bellrawski, Ruby Synoground, John Dougherty; (Back row L to R) Irene Brown, Nellie Kemp, Rosa Matz, Elizabeth Brown, Mr. Cryer and his sister Dora Cryer.

Nellie and chickens.
Nellie and chickens.

Bonnie and Harold (Just Married) with Nellie and Paul at house on Harriman Circle.
Bonnie and Harold (Just Married) with Nellie and Paul at house on Harriman Circle.

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