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Myrtle (Kemp) Bradshaw

Birth: She was born in the USA around 1902.  

Family Information:

Daughter of Peter and Dora Kemp.

Sister of Jimmy, Nellie and Harold Kemp.

She married Carl Bradshaw while living in the colony and was the mother of Carolyn Bradshaw.

Description:  

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

Home in Colony: In 1920 she was living with her parents in the Newllano Colony.

Job in Colony:

At times she worked as a bookkeeper in the Colony office. In the 30's she worked in the printshop, doing circulation work for the "Democrat". Also, at times worked as a teacher at the Kid Kolony.

In 1932 she was much relieved when Mrs. Lewis started her job as chief of the Kid Kolony kitchen and dining hall. Myrtle expected to help Mrs. Lewis until the new kindergarten building could be completed and then she'd be taking charge of that group.

In 1934 she had charge of the industrial activities of the women so she scurried from the hotel to the print shop or sewing rooms, laundry or the office, co-ordinating the activities of the women.

She also, along with Mrs. Emery gathered the little tots together at the hotel dining room so Mrs. Mitchell, who drove the school bus, could pick them up for the trip to the Kid Kolony every morning. When canning or print shop activities weren't too pressing, Zelma DeFausell helped out, too.

Other Info:

She was one of the members of the colony when George Pickett was first named General Manager in 1919.

In November 1933 the weekly bridge club met at the new home of Mrs. Myrtle Bradshaw. Those present were Misses Ruth Shoemaker, Vivian Busick, Mary Lou Monk, Doris Layer, Rhea Baldwin, Lloyd Potter, Earl Swenson, Lionel Crossland, Roy McClean, John Dougherty and Fred Busick.

In April 1934 she, Professor Lewis and Mrs. Cora Potter performed a skit titled "Suppressed Desires", a by-play on fanatical devotion to Psychoanalysis.

Post-Colony History: Sometime prior to 1940, she married Burrell Chapin because at that time, both she and her daughter Caroline were living with him in Hidalgo, New Mexico where he was a welder at the Banner mine. She was working as a bookkeeper in a general office.  

Death:  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": May 28, 1932, December 24, 1932, April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924), November 4, 1933, January 20, 1934, April 21, 1934, August 10, 1935, August 17, 1935  

Myrtle Kemp, Mildred Seelye, Rose and Louise Belorahdsky
Myrtle Kemp, Mildred Seelye, Rose and Louise Belorahdsky.

Myrtle Kemp
Myrtle Bradshaw at work in the Printshop

Carl and Myrtle Bradshaw
Carl and Myrtle Bradshaw

Horseback Riding - Myrtle, Vinita, Ruth and Kathy, Winter 1924
"Horseback Riding" Myrtle, Vinita, Ruth and Kathy, Winter 1924

The kindergarten class and teachers, including Myrtle who is on the left in the back row.
The kindergarten class and teachers, including Myrtle who is on the left in the back row.
At Gila, New Mexico -- Harold Kemp, holding Carolyn Bradshaw, Bonnie Kemp, Clyde and Hope Swenson, Chester and Helen Swenson, Myrtle Kemp kneeling in front.
At Gila, New Mexico - (Standing L to R) Harold Kemp (holding Carolyn Bradshaw), Bonnie (Mason) Kemp, Clyde and Hope (Shoemaker) Swenson, Chester and Helen (Hayes) Swenson and (Kneeling in front) Myrtle (Kemp) Bradshaw.

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