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Wegie H. Lacefield

Birth: Born around 1859 in Twin Mound, Kansas.  

Family Information: She married Henry Clay Lacefield on October 24, 1888 and they had one son, Ormond V. Lacefield, although neither seem to have ever lived in the colony with her.  

Description: Her full name was Kumweijaf Bonheur Seginett Hyatt Lacefield, but in the colony she was fondly known as "Mother Wegie."

The last words she wrote indicate the manner of woman she was. They are as follows: "I would be what I want others to be; I would be efficient, careful, just, kind, loving and true; honest, merciful, industrious, thoughtful, loyal, free, joyous, happy and appreciative."

She was a student of spiritual philosophy and her studies led her to the firm conviction that intelligence and will as manifested in human life exist as imperishable formative forces or principles, distinct from the physical form; accompanied by the desire for expression and action which accompanies intelligence and will everywhere else thoroughout the domain of nature.

Pre-Colony History: All her life she had been a teacher and among her many accomplishments was that of writing poetry.

She came to the colony around 1929 (two years prior to her death).  

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as a boarder with the Emily Swenson family.

In January 1931 Walter Fread and his son, Clarence, delivered "a jag of kindling wood" to the Mesdames Lacefield and Stephens at their home in the colony.  

Job in Colony: She often wrote interesting articles for the "Llano Colonist".

In March 1930 she was caring for the little ones at the Kid Kolony.

Later in 1930 she was listed as a helper in the colony kitchen. In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.  

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Post-Colony History:

Mother Wegie's Steam Bath Recipe
Mother Wegie's Steam Bath Recipe. Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated September 27, 1930.

Death: She died in September 1931 at the New Llano Colony and was buried there. The last rites were performed in the grove.

She was survived by her son, Ormond Lacefield, who was living in California at the time of her death.  

Sources: Ancestry.com: smremund123; US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": March 1, 1930, May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, September 27, 1930, January 3, 1931, October 3, 1931; Louisiana Statewide Death Index  

The following poem was published in the May 24, 1895 edition of "Lucifer the Light Bearer" published by Moses Harman, a proponent of abolition, free thought, individual sovereignty (anarchy), and marriage reform ("free love," as its more socially acceptable version was then known).

Still they come! they are coming still, 
				the babies!
Thousands of tiny graves to fill-
				Poor babies!
Many are born in hovels bare,
With never a loving mother's care,
For she is blind in her despair-
				Poor, loveless babies!
 
Many are born mere passions slave-
				Dumb babies!
Some to fill the drunkard's grave,
				Helpless babies!
Some are stamped with the murderer's brand-
Born to take life with violent hand-
Doomed to send terror throughout the land,
				Birth doomed babies!
 
All the poor tramps that walk the earth
				Once were babies!
Born never to know either joy or mirth-
				Poor starved babies!
They are brought into being without their will,
Asylums and jails and workhouses to fill-
Still they come!  They are coming still,
				Poor helpless babies!
 
Is there  NO WAY TO CHECK, this most terrible crime
				Against the babies?
Is this borning of misery to be for all time?
				Poor weak babies!
No, No! No, No!! a thousand times No!!!
A merciful God never willed it so.
Old time superstitious like those must go,
				For the sake of the babies!
 
Rouse ye up, Mother! in all your might,
				And help the babies!
Teach your son's and daughters to think aright
				About the babies,
Than the world shall behold the dawning grand
When woman and man shall equal stand;
And there will be born throughout the land 
				None but welcome and well born babies!
 
By Wegie Lacefield

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