Museum the New Llano Colony



Alice (Hunniken Moore Bridger) Pickett

Birth: She was born in New York around 1883.  

Family Information:

Alice had been married twice before coming to the colony, first to Cornelius Moore (with whom she had at least 2 children - Sidney and Doris), then to Ezra Bridger (father of her son, Douglas Bridger.)

She married George T. Pickett while living in the New Llano colony.

They were the parents of Blair Pickett who was born in the colony.

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living in New Jersey with her second husband and three children.

In 1925 she, at that point known as Mrs. Bridger, arrived in the colony with a carload of furniture from Hackensack, New Jersey.  

Home in Colony: The new Pickett home, made possible only by a dedicated fund-raising campaign handled by Dr. R.K. Williams, was intended from the beginning to be the finest in the colony. This caused problems for Pickett later, when many came to resent his fancy home.

The planned house (still under construction in 1932) was to have had 35 windows on the ground floor, including 5 big bay windows. Pickett, assisted by Roede had planted a home garden around the new house while it was still being constructed.  

Job in Colony: She was head of housekeeping at the Kid Kolony.

In September 1928 she was on the college faculty along with: Lowell H. Coate - Superintendent and instructor in Sociology, Economics and Public Education; E.C. Bennett - English and History; Benjamin Roe - Scientific Agriculture; Guy F. Rogers - Mathematics; Eugene Hough - Psychology; F. Hamel - Spanish, German and Latin; Mary Erma Wilson - Voice and Piano; R.B. Snyder - Director of Orchestra, Wind and Stringed Instruments, Chorus and Ensemble; Geo. T. Pickett - Industrial Science; Domestic Science; Edna Mae Coffin - Manual Art, Sculpture and Architectural Drawing; Austin McLane - Journalism; Nell Rogers - Botany; Hope Shoemaker - Shorthand, Typewriting and Book-keeping; Mr. Daugherty - Intermediate Grades; Mrs. A.E. Bennet - Primary Grades; Esther Allen - Health and Hygiene; Mary H. Atworth - Librarian and Instructor in the Art of Expression; Anna Tabb - School Nurse, Dr. J.P. Kimmel - College Physician; Alice Pickett - Girls Counselor; Theodore Atworth - Oil and Watercolor Art; Alma Wilson Bell - Dramatic Art.  

Other Info:

In 1932 she, along with many other colonists, signed a protest against colonists E.G. Webb and Walter Groth remaining in the colony "to save them".

In 1933 she recieved a phone call saying her daughter, Doris Bridger, was dying, which she did do the next morning. According to Theodore Cuno, "...Alice bore her bereavement heroically, like the brave, rational woman that she [wa]s."

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in the unincorporated town of New Llano with her husband and youngest son.  

Death: She died in July 1954 and was buried in the New Llano Cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940; New Jersey State Census: 1915; Letter dated August 3, 1988 from Rocina Matz to "Florence"; "Llano Colonist": September 15, 1928, July 9, 1932, August 6, 1932, April 8, 1933 (Story of Llano), August 12, 1933, December 29, 1934; Louisiana Statewide Death Index  

 


The Pickett home.


Alice (Bridger) Pickett


Kindergarten Picnic, East of Pickett Home -- (L to R) Back: Ruby Nesnow, Bertie Mitchel, G.T. Pickett, Walt Fread, a visitor, Theo Cuno, Alice Pickett, Myrtle Kemp; Middle: Martha Lentz, Roy Peecher, Blair Pickett, Violet Quipp, Ruth Loutrel, Joan Wooley, Maurice Nesnow, Martha Mahler, Betty Perkins, Warren Fread; Sitting in Front: Carl Peecher, Carolyn Bradshaw, Joy Quipp, Jack De Fausell, Joe Nesnow, Esther Mahler, George Ogden.

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