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Margaret Kapotsy

Birth: She was born in January 1914 in 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 Margit Kapotsy.

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

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living in Connecticut with her father and siblings while he was working as a plumber in a shop.  

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. In both cases her father, Albert, was listed as a plumber, but the page in Leesville had additional family members that were not present on the colony listing -- Albert's oldest daughter, Emma, and his sister, Mary Kapotsy (who was a nurse in DeRidder). 

Job in Colony: In April of 1922 she was part of a group of students including Vinita Thurman, Maxine Gaddis, Alice Jaques and Laura Synoground who were shelling peanuts at the store.

She also 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, Emma Kapotsy, Vinita Thurman, Nellie Kemp, Rachel Jaques and Dora Cryer.

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was married to Frank Delaven and living in Los Angeles, California where she worked as a clerk in a chain store.  

Death: She died in 1976. Her last known residence was in Leesville, Louisiana.  

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

Photo: Florence, Margaret and Richard Kapotsy.  

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