Museum the New Llano Colony



George "Blair" Pickett

Birth: Born around 1928 in New Llano, Louisiana.  

Family Information: Son of Alice and George Pickett.

Half-brother of Doug Bridger.



 

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

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:  

Other Info: In March 1934 Mr. Lewis, Dr. Cecil and Mrs. Fay took the first graders including: Joan Wooley, Opal Ogden, Violet Quipp, Blair Pickett, Roy Peecher, Martha Mahler and Martha Lentz to Leesville to give a demonstration of their singing to an audience that included around twenty-five Leesville teachers plus Superintendent Honeycotte.

Each child stood and introduced themselves as they did each morning, with name, address and rule. For example: My name is ...; I live in Newllano (Noo-yah-no); Vernon Parish, Louisiana, on Highway 171; My rule is the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Mrs. Harlow-Fay then demonstrated her method of teaching with the children.

 

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living in the town of New Llano with his parents.  

Death:  

Sources: Family and Personal Accounts; US Census: 1930, 1940; Museum Archives; "Llano Colonist": July 9, 1932, March 31, 1934, April 7, 1934  

Left Top: Photo of Kindergarten Group (1933) -- Back Row: Roy Peecher, Martha Mahler, Joan Wooley; Middle Row: Warren Fread, Carl Peecher, Blair Pickett, Ruth Loutrel, Maurice Nesnow, Betty Perkins; Front Row: Carolyn Bradshaw, Jackie De Fausell, George Ogden, Esther Mahler

Left Bottom: George T. Pickett with his son George "Blair" Pickett

Center: Clipping of Blair Pickett in later life, recalling his memories of the colony.

Right: Blair Pickett with his dog in front of the Pickett home.

 

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