Museum the New Llano Colony

Ida May Fread

Birth: She was born around 1880 in Missouri or Illinois.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she, Walter and their two oldest sons were living in California with his mother, Clara Fread; In 1910 and 1920 they were still in California with their children.  

Family Information: Wife of Walter Fread; mother of Alberta, Warren, Lee and Clarence. Three other children never lived in the colony -- Ivan (who died in 1900 at the age of 2), Clara, (who died in 1914 at the age of 7), and oldest son, Charles.

She was also the grand-mother of Myrtle Fread (daughter of Charles), who lived for a while with the family in the colony.  

Job in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as the hotel manager for the colony on the 1930 US Census.

In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.

In September 1931 she was in charge of the cannery; she and her crew were canning pears on shares. 

Home in Colony: In 1930 they were living in the colony with their youngest son, Clarence.  

Other Info: In 1934 she and Walter celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a party that was attended by many colonists including their sons Clarence and Lee, with Lee's wife Ruby, and son Arthur Lee.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she and husband, Walter, were living in Colorado with their son, Warren and his family.  

Death: She died in 1957 and was buried in Colorado.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, September 12, 1931, September 19, 1931, July 21, 1934;;