Museum the New Llano Colony



Irene Hewitt Alternate spelling Hewett

Birth: Born around 1917 in Louisiana.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Daughter of B. Wade and Minnie Hewitt; sister of Allie Belle, Benny Wade, Jr., Clark, Eugene and Charlotte Hewitt.  

Job in Colony: In July 1931 the "Busy Beavers" consisting of Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Jeannette Wooley, Jane Lentz, Wanda Self, Iris Busick, Norman Bays, Phillip Lentz, Kenneth Dean, Archie Ogden, Ernest Ogden, Byron Busick, Jimmie Dix, George Maki and Lyle Layer, under the leadership of Mrs. Killian, gathered Himalayan berries at the orchard in the morning and in the afternoon picked blackberries out of the woods.

In July 1934 the regular crew at the print shop included: Lloyd Potter, Harold and Mary Emery, Ben Low, Roy MacDonald, Anna Loutrel, George Leevey, Afton Lewis, Howard Stansbury, Mr. Ranft and Irene Hewitt.

Esther Allen, Mrs. Weatherwax and Bertha Richter helped out on the "Colonist" and "Democrat" days, plus both DeForest and Marvin Sanford could be seen there a good share of the time.

In 1935 she was part of a volunteer crew who put a couple hours into harvesting pears from the orchard before they went to their regular jobs.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: She was often part of the program at the theater.

In April 1928 Miss Wilson was teaching piano classes to several boys and girls in the colony. The Girls' Melody Way Club had had twelve weeks of classes and included Hope and Ruth Shoemaker, Beatrice Jensen, Lynn Rogers, Rhea Mae Baldwin, Irene Hewitt, Vivian and Iris Busick, Mary and Myrtle Gregerson.

In April 1929 she attended a birthday party held for Billie Busick (five years old) and Charlotte Hewitt (turning four) at the home of Mrs. Minnie Hewitt.

Was one of 16 girls who wound the broad ribbons round the Maypole at Llano's birthday party in 1932 (other dancers included Nellie (Kemp) Bradshaw, Laura (Synoground) Swenson, Ruth Shoemaker, Sylvia and Ruth Tuber, Verda Bradshaw, Hortense Self, Esta Caves, Helen Emry, Vivian Busick, Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty, Myrtle and Irene Maki, Marguerite Killian, Iris Busick, Flora Young and Rhea Mae Baldwin.)

In 1932 she played the clarinet in the newly organized Junior Orchestra which was being organized and taught by Fred Hamel.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death:  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1920, 1930; Vernon Parish Democrat: February 28, 1929; Llano Colonist: April 14, 1928, April 27, 1929, July 11, 1931, May 14, 1932, December 10, 1932, July 7, 1934, August 17, 1935  





Photo: Laundry Crew - Back Row (L to R) Mrs. Ole, Mickey, Laura Synoground, Allie Belle Hewitt, Dora Kemp; Front Row (L to R) Irene, Vivian and Helen Joe.