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Lillie Synoground

Birth: She was born in 1886 in Kansas.  

Family Information: She married Ole Synoground in 1908 at South Dakota.

Mother of Ruby, Mabel, Clifford, Laura, and Buddy Synoground.


Pre-Colony History: She arrived, with her husband and children, at the colony in 1918 and was one of the members of the colony when George T. Pickett was first named General Manager.  

Home in Colony: In 1932 the Synoground family was living at and running the Premont location.

Job in Colony: She ran the colony laundry. In June 1931 she returned from a week long vacation to Sanger, Texas with the Allred family. Violet Dix had filled in for her at the laundry while she was gone.

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 March 1932 she joined Melvina Allred working in the hotel dining room for at least one week.  

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Post-Colony History:  

Death: She died in 1938 at Premont, Texas and was buried there.  

Sources: Photo Archives; South Dakota Marriages; "Llano Colonist": June 27, 1931, August 15, 1931, March 19, 1932, December 10, 1932, March 3, 1933 (Story of Llano), April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924); US Census: 1930; Texas Death Certificate  


Synoground family (sitting) Lillie Synoground (middle row L to R) Ruby, Laura and Mabel Synoground (back row L to R) Clifford and Ole Synoground.

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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