Museum the New Llano Colony



Violet (Roberts Manuel Dix) Parsons

Birth: Born in 1896 in Tennessee. She had a twin brother named Thomas.  

Description: In 1935 she became one of the lucky colonists who had recently acquired "store teeth".  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living with her parents and several siblings in Port Arthur, Texas. In 1910 Violet and two younger sisters were living in a Masonic Home in Forest Hill, Texas.

Came from Texas to visit the Rice Ranch with her son, James Dix, in 1929.  

Family Information: Daughter of Alice Aiton; sister of Mary Halahan; mother of James (Dix) Manuel. (On the 1930 US Census Jimmy was listed as James Manuell, however the colony newspapers referred to him as James or Jimmy Dix.)

Some time between 1930 and 1940, she married Fred Parsons.  

Job in Colony: In 1928 she, Mrs. Mickey and Allie Bell Hewitt looked after the laundry work after Tefteller had finished running it through the machines.

Later in 1928 it was reported that she was "one of our women who want outdoor work." At that time she had been helping Ole Synoground make a big door to fill up the opening on the industrial building, as well as helping Ben Couchman and John Szpila in getting out crate end materials. Another time she, along with her mother, sister and Mrs. Shoemaker were working at Cravens where colonists were salvaging materials from the old sawmill town.

In August 1929 Tefteller was "half laid up" causing Violet, Mrs. Garrett and Cecil Thompson to have to run the washer and extractor at the laundry.

She was listed as a laundress in the colony on the 1930 US Census. Both she and step-sister Florence Aiton worked there under Lillie Synoground who managed the laundry. Often she would assist Lillie with the washing while the ironing was done by the whole crew. In October of that year she began working in the laundry full-time.

In June 1931 she filled in for Mrs. Synoground while the latter took a week long vacation to Sanger, Texas with the Allred family. In August 1931 the laundry crew included the Mesdames Synoground, Dora Kemp, J.L. Dougherty, Van Antwerp, Self, Dix and the Misses Hortense Self and Jeannette Wooley.

In 1932 she and Jimmy Bertino were turning out candy for sale in the colony shops. In 1933 she was helping out all over -- to make sandwiches for the bachelors to eat the next day which was Sunday and later to make peanut butter for an outside customer; also working in the bakery under Mrs. Baldwin.

In July 1934 she ironing in the laundry.

In 1936 prepared a large order of peanut seed with assistance of Mr. Bingham, Mr. Banta and Rex Dell

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as a lodger with Mr. and Mrs. Will Shutt

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in Vernon Parish, Louisiana with her second husband, Fred Parsons, his son Robert (age 49), and her son James Manuel (age 18).  

Death: Died in 1975 in California.  

Sources: U.S. Census: 1900, 1910, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": September 22, 1928, November 10, 1928, December 8, 1928, August 10, 1929, August 24, 1929, June 14, 1930, August 23, 1930, October 18, 1930, June 27, 1931, August 15, 1931, December 24, 1932, February 18, 1933, July 22, 1933, August 26, 1933, July 28, 1934, November 23, 1935, February 29, 1936, April 25, 1936; Tennessee Delayed Birth Records; California Death Index; FindAGrave.com

Photo: 1936 -- LeRoy Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Parsons, and Jimmy.