Museum the New Llano Colony

Alice (Hunniken Moore Bridger) Pickett

Birth: Born in New York around 1883.  


Pre-Colony History: Alice had been married twice before coming to the colony, first to Cornelius Moore (with whom she had at least 2 children - Sidney and Doris), then to Ezra Bridger (father of Douglas Bridger.) In 1920 she was living in New Jersey with her second husband and her three children.

In 1925 she arrived in the colony with a carload of furniture from Hackensack, New Jersey.  

Family Information: Second wife of George T. Pickett.

They were the parents of Blair Pickett who was born in the colony.

Her son Doug Bridger also lived in the colony from time to time.


Job in Colony: She was head of housekeeping at the Kid Kolony.  

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.  

Other Info: In 1932 she signed a protest against colonists E.G. Webb and Walter Groth remaining in the colony "to save them".

In 1933 she recieved a phone call saying her daughter, Doris Bridger, was dying, which she did the next morning. According to Theodore Cuno, "...Alice bore her bereavement heroically, like the brave, rational woman that she [wa]s."


Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in the town of New Llano with her husband and youngest son.  

Death: She died in July 1954 and was buried in the New Llano Cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940; New Jersey State Census: 1915; Letter dated August 3, 1988 from Rocina Matz to "Florence"; "Llano Colonist": July 9, 1932, August 6, 1932, April 8, 1933 (Story of Llano), August 12, 1933, December 29, 1934; Louisiana Statewide Death Index  

Left: Pickett home.

Center: Alice Bridger Pickett

Right: Kindergarten Picnic, East of Pickett Home -- (L to R) Back: Ruby Nesnow, Bertie Mitchel, G.T. Pickett, Walt Fread, a visitor, Theo Cuno, Alice Pickett, Myrtle Kemp; Middle: Martha Lentz, Roy Peecher, Blair Pickett, Violet Quipp, Ruth Loutrel, Joan Wooley, Maurice Nesnow, Martha Mahler, Betty Perkins, Warren Fread; Sitting in Front: Carl Peecher, Carolyn Bradshaw, Joy Quipp, Jack De Fausell, Joe Nesnow, Esther Mahler, George Ogden.