Museum the New Llano Colony



Birdie Du Proz

Birth:  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony, from Florida, in December 1932 with her husband.  

Family Information: Wife of Chauncey Du Proz.

 

Job in Colony: Immediately after her arrival, she went to work helping Violet Dix in the peanut butter factory while she waited for the laundry to be put into commission again -- she'd had several years' experience in laundry management.

In 1933 was "appointed the official vinegar maker" for the colony and was busy "adding something to some more of something else, to make something for some salad dressings, and maybe some other dishes, also." Her main job, however was in the laundry.

In 1935 she was placed in charge of the hotel when Cy Horney resigned (although he did continue to assist her.)  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: Over at the store window you will see the big blue bird on the NRA (National Recovery Administration) poster. No business until eight o'clock. But that [sign] doesn't appear in the laundry window. No competition there. Johnny Dougherty, Mrs. Dupros, Mrs. Gaylord, Mrs. Ribbing and the girls -- when they are there -- just stick to the job until it is done.  

Post-Colony History: In November, 1935, she announced her and Chauncey's intentions to leave the colony for Long Beach, California.

Before leaving the colony in 1935, she and her husband  donated a number of books to the library.  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 7, 1933, April 15, 1933, August 19, 1933, August 31, 1935, November 2, 1935, November 9, 1935  

Drawing of Birdie DuProz from the "Llano Colonist."