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Jennie "Aunt Jennie" Wooley (Alternate spelling Woolley)

Birth: She was born in 1884 at Benton, Kansas.  

Family Information: Mother of Alonzo "Tot", Dannie, Jeanette, Ruth, Ross and Joan Wooley, plus three older children who apparently never livied in the colony -- Francis D., Charles B., and Robert E. Wooley.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living in Indiana with her parents and siblings, plus her maternal grandparents.

In 1910 she was married and still living in Indiana with her husband, Lon and their two oldest children.

In 1920 the couple were still living in Indiana, but now with six children.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was still listed as married, but there is no mention of her husband. She was living in the colony with her five youngest children and working as a "kindergarden matron" for the colony.  

Job in Colony: In 1930 she was working as a kindergarten matron in the colony schools.

In September 1931 one hundred fifty sacks of beans and peas were picked in the forenoon by a volunteer crew of men, women and children. The crowd gathered a little after 7 am and was divided into different crews to look after different fields; by 11:30 the job was done. Volunteers included: Killian, Butts, Lloyd, Baldwin, Waters, Doc Williams, Quentin, Fred Busick, Roscoe Busick, Byron Busick, Vivian Busick, Graves, Webb, John Allred, Melvina Hullinger, Fred Levan, Goeke, Eldred, Tom Farrell, Claud Allred, Earl Swenson, Mackie, Frank Collins, George Collins, Boydelatour, Cleve Campbell, Mr. Caves, Clarence Long, Harry Rennick, Dee Kurtz, Pittman, Edminster, Walter Fread, Clarence Fread, Mrs. Herron, Woodruff, J.W. Gilbert, H.M. Wood, Winegar, Bert Moore, Lindwall, Ole Synoground, Rohr, Carnahan, Hoens, Mrs. Wooley, John Neill, Robert Roe, Warren Roe, Nesnow, Bartrum and B. Stevens.

In 1933 it was reported that she and Ruby Nesnow were doing the cooking at the Kid Kolony.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in Colorado with her mother (Clara Jacobs), her daughter, Joanne, and her nephew Otto Thum, while she worked as a nursing companion.  

Death: She died in 1953 in Lancaster, Texas. She was listed as divorced at the time.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": September 5, 1931, August 12, 1933, July 25, 1936; Texas Death Certificates  


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