Museum the New Llano Colony

Minnie (McFee Potter) Pickett


Family Information: Second wife of George Pickett. They married in 1904 at Camas, Washington.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was living in California where George worked as an insurance writer for a life insurance company.

She and George joined the colony while it remained in California.  

Home in Colony: In May 1921 Mrs. A.C. Denning of Wichita, Kansas, arrived at the colony and was domiciled in the home of Mrs. Minnie Pickett.  

Job in Colony:  

Other Info: In May 1919 she left the colony to travel to Oregon to visit her mother, whom she had not seen for a number of years. She traveled with Dr. and Mrs. George Jewett, and their son, Edward. They expected to be gone for several months.  

Post-Colony History: In 1922 Jennie and Walter Conlin were getting settled in the home where she "used to live."

In 1930 she organized a picnic of ex-colonists at Fullerton, California. Each brought a lunch, sufficient for his needs and the needs of several others. Long tables were arranged under the shade of the park trees. The coffee was furnished by Minnie Pickett and John Will saw to it that everyone was generously served. It was unanimously agreed to form an organization that would organize future semi-annual social gatherings for the group. Minnie Pickett was chosen secretary-treasurer and Dr. Robert K. Williams was appointed assistant secretary.

The picnic was attended by more than 65 ex-colonists including: Minnie Pickett, John and Frances Will and Dorothy, Lottie Brown, Professor Lowell H. Coates, Bert Engle, Victor and Alma Swanson and Elwin, Jess and Mildred Morris, Louis and Grace Petty, Louis and Jennie Conlin, Mrs. M.E. Babb, Norman and Ethel Johnson, Ernest and Pearl Wooster, H.L. and Guy Ward, Mrs. Clara Powers and son, George, Mrs. Ada Harper, Ethel Wright, E.E. Vaughn, J.H. Ryan, Val Brown and wife, Lottie Brown, Miss A.C. Austin, Walter Millsap, Jr. and his mother, Cara Millsap, Dr. Robert K. and Dr. Cecil C. Williams, E. Krause and family, John Van Nuland (who passed around a tub of Llano candy sent by Anton, and it was "great stuff" by all those who tasted it) Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kilmer, Professor Lowell B. Coate, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Earl, Mr. and Mrs. Suhre, A.L Spann, Frederick R. Johnson, A. Hansig.


Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1910; "Vernon Parish Democrat": May 31, 1919, June 7, 1919, "Llano Colonist": May 10, 1930; Letter dated August 3, 1988 from Rocina Matz to "Florence"  


This photo labeled "Minnie Pickett and friends," though it is unclear which one of the ladies is Minnie.

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