Museum the New Llano Colony



Frances Roe

Birth: She was born around 1923 in Nebraska.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Daughter of Ben Roe and Florence (Roe) Hamel.

Sister of Robert, Warren, Walter and Lucille Roe.

Her father later married Mary Halahan and she became step-sister of Joe Blackshear.

Her mother later married Alfred Hamel and she became step-sister of Margaret Hamel.  

Job in Colony: In 1933, she was among six girls who were assigned to work in the kitchen all summer -- Jane Lentz, Mae Gossett and Ruth Wooley would work one shift while Frances, Hulda Mahler and Albertine Lennon worked the other, with each shift taking turns working mornings and afternoons, week by week. They would take care of the dishes, wash the tables and sweep the floors. Also, helping her mother peeling potatoes in the hotel kitchen.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In 1932, she became a Nature Guardian of Louisiana when she agreed to protect the birds, flowers, trees and other natural resources of the state against wanton destruction.

In June 1933, Oscar Needham loaned his big Buick coupe so the fourth grade could have their spring outing on the banks of the Sabine river. They enjoyed swimming, fishing, ice cream, mud baths and a perfect day. The group included: Hulda Mahler, Frances, Genevieve Quipp, Billy Busick, Eugene Hewett, Ernest Ogden, Raymond Campbell, Joe Lentz and their teacher. When they left the colony, four children were hanging on the outside, while five rode on the inside with plenty of eats and an ice cream freezer filled with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. Their picnic included biscuits with egg, honey and peanut butter filling and raw carrots for relish. While the teacher read to some, others threw stones far out into the stream, with Ernest and Raymond claiming to have thrown into Texas. The 'colored' ferryman, having come down, went into convulsions of laughter after spotting Eugene, who had covered every square inch of his body, except his eyes and mouth, with mud.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 2, 1932, May 27, 1933, June 17, 1933, August 19, 1933; US Census: 1930