Museum the New Llano Colony

Hope (Shoemaker) Swenson

Birth: She was born around 1911 in Missouri.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Daughter of R.V. Shoemaker and Maud (Shoemaker) Van Nuland.

Sister of Ruth, Isom and Ward Shoemaker.

Her father later married Anna (Shutt) Shoemaker and she became step-sister of Zelma and Royall Thompson.

Her mother later married Anton Van Nuland.

She married Clyde Swenson in April 1931 while living in the colony.


Job in Colony: In April 1929 Hope Shoemaker, Laura Synoground and Pauline Eggleston prepared and served the evening lunch and the Mesdames Carroll, Maki, Oberlitner and Swenson and Dick Condon provided a fine dinner at the hotel.

In 1934 she was elected to the Council for the Gila location.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was living in the colony proper at New Llano, LA.

In November 1932, Clyde and Hope were among the "Newllano Expeditionary Force" which was the first group going to man the Gila unit.

Other Info: She was often part of the program at the theater and a senior member of the Glee Club.

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.  

Post-Colony History: In 1973 she and Clyde were listed in the Arizona City Directory under Swenson's Radio and TV Service.  

Death: She died 1991 in Arizona.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1920; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": April 14, 1928, April 13, 1929, April 27, 1929, April 25, 1931, November 19, 1932, December 10, 1932, June 24, 1933 (The Story of Llano), April 14, 1934; 1973 Arizona City Directory; US SSDI  

Left: Hope Shoemaker and George Pickett in the Colony Office

Center: At Gila, New Mexico - (Standing L to R) Harold Kemp (holding Carolyn Bradshaw), Bonnie (Mason) Kemp, Clyde and Hope (Shoemaker) Swenson, Chester and Helen (Hayes) Swenson and (Kneeling in front) Myrtle (Kemp) Bradshaw.