Museum the New Llano Colony

Mary "Etta" (Norris) White

Birth: She was born around 1876 in Louisiana.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was living in Grant Parish, LA with her husband, Wm. Henry Norris and four children -- George H., Collie, Ethel, and Bondell Norris.

In 1920 she had moved to Vernon Parish and lived with her second husband, John M. White, four of her own children -- George, William C., Ider B. (Bondell) and Otto Norris plus a step-son, John M. White.  

Family Information: Mother of Bondell (Banta) Jensen.

Grandmother of Earl L. and Marie Banta.  

Job in Colony: Throughout 1931 it was reported that her job was to help with the dinner service. In 1932 she was still serving, and helping with preparations for dinner.

Both she and her daughter, Bondell, along with Mrs. Minnie Hewitt and Charlotte, Mrs. Hardy, Ed Mansfield, Harold Emery, and Ed and Ida Cole helped prepare for the first reception of the summer season that was held in the Roof Garden.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: For May Day 1931 Mrs. White demonstrated that she could make fancy hats out of burlap or gunny sacks that not only looked nice, but were of real service.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920; "Llano Colonist": January 3, 1931, May 16, 1931, July 4, 1931, July 11, 1931, July 25, 1931, August 22, 1931, May 2, 1936, May 30, 1936, November 21, 1931, April 16, 1932, July 2, 1932, October 31, 1932