Museum the New Llano Colony

Hortense Self  

Birth: She was born in 1916 at Louisiana.  

Family Information: Daughter of Frank and Jeannette Self.

Sister of Elliott, Wanda and Quintin Self.


Pre-Colony History: In 1930 she was living in Leesville, Louisiana with her parents and siblings.  

Home in Colony: In March 1931 Mrs. Self and her children moved into the colony townsite from the Anacoco Creek sawmill location so that the children could attend school.  

Job in Colony: 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

Other Info: Was one of 16 girls who wound the broad ribbons round the Maypole at Llano's birthday party in 1932 (other dancers included Nellie (Kemp) Bradshaw, Laura (Synoground) Swenson, Ruth Shoemaker, Sylvia and Ruth Tuber, Verda Bradshaw, Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty, 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 1935 she was living in Hornbeck, Louisiana.

In 1940 she was living with her husband, Robert Cook, in Edinburg, Texas and working as a practical nurse.

Death: She died in 1996 and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memory Gardens at Meridian, Mississippi.

Sources: US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": March 28, 1931, August 15, 1931, May 14,1932;  


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