Museum the New Llano Colony

Emma Kapotsy

Birth: She was born in 1909 at Connecticut.  

Family Information: Daughter of Albert and Florence Kapotsy. Her mother probably died around 1919 -- between the birth of Charles in that year and the census in 1920.

Step-daughter of Marguerite Kapotsy.

Sister of Albert, Jr., Margaret, Florence, Charles and Richard Kapotsy.  


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

In 1920 she was still living in Connecticut with her father and siblings.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 the family was listed twice on the US census -- once in the colony and once in Leesville, LA, so possibly around this time they were making the move to Leesville and somehow were counted twice. Most family members were listed in both cases, but the page in Leesville listed Emma, and her father's sister, Mary Kapotsy (who was a nurse in DeRidder) -- neither were listed at the New Llano location.  

Job in Colony: In April of 1922 she was part of a group of students who 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, Vinita Thurman, Nellie Kemp, Margaret Kapotsy and Dora Cryer.

She was also part of the group of students who worked in the garden along with Bennett Babb, Dover Cryer, Roscoe Busick, Fred Busick, Clifford Synoground, Harold Kemp, Dawson Cryer, Charles Lee, Brooks Merrel and Max Beavers.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: She married James L. Willis before 1940 -- in 1940 the couple were living in Beaumont, Texas with their two daughters and a son.

She was an avid gardener, a long time notary, and a member of Eastern Star.  

Death: She died in 2005 and was buried at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland, Texas. She was survived by two sons and their families, including six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 22, 1922; US SSDI;  


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