Museum the New Llano Colony

Jane Lentz

Birth: Born around 1922 in Wisconsin.  

Family Information: Daughter of Nick Lentz and Olive Pearl Lentz.

Sister of Philip, Joseph, Noel and Martha Lentz.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In July 1931 the "Busy Beavers" consisting of Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Jeannette Wooley, Jane Lentz, Wanda Self, Iris Busick, Norman Bays, Phillip Lentz, Kenneth Dean, Archie Ogden, Ernest Ogden, Byron Busick, Jimmie Dix, George Maki and Lyle Layer, under the leadership of Mrs. Killian, gathered Himalayan berries at the orchard in the morning and in the afternoon picked blackberries out of the woods.

In 1933, she was among six girls who were assigned to work in the kitchen all summer -- Jane, Mae Gossett and Ruth Wooley would work one shift while Frances Roe, Hulda Mahler and Albertine Lennon worked the other, with each shift taking turns working mornings and afternoons, week by week. They would take care of the dishes, wash the tables and sweep the floors.

In July 1935 Cy Horney and an aggregation of feminine beauties in the persons of Violet Dix, Jane Lentz, Irene Maki and Mrs. Harris were caught sitting on the service counter drinking coffee -- come to find out, they were only having their breakfast, after they'd finished serving the colonists.

In January 1936 Sarah Murray and Bondell Banta were the dinner cooks, also helping, along with Mrs. Matz and Jane Lentz to serve the meal. Cy Horney was the dishwasher, Lucille Carr the wiper, Mrs. Murray did the scraping and Ruth Wooley cleaned the silverware.  

Other Info: In September 1934 Mrs. Potter directed an Indian version of the Cinderella story at the colony theater featuring her son, Lloyd Potter, Ruth Wooley, Rozella Quipp, Wanda Ware, Jane Lentz and Lenin Tabb.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she still lived with her parents and siblings in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) while she worked as a housekeeper for a private family.  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": July 11, 1931, May 27, 1933, August 19, 1933, March 31, 1934, September 29, 1934, July 20, 1935, January 18, 1936; US Census: 1940  


Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated March 31, 1934.

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