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Ada (Campbell) Caves

Birth: She was born in 1897 in Texas.  

Family Information: Daughter of Susan Campbell. Niece of Cleve Campbell. Sister of Crockett Campbell and Mabel Campbell.

Wife of Lester Caves.

Mother of Leon and Esta Caves.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 and 1910 she was living in Texas with her parents and siblings. In 1920 and 1930 she was living in Sanger, Texas with her huband and two children.

Her father, brother of Cleve Campbell brought her and her husband to the colony in 1931. At the old-fahsioned dance held during his visit, he joined in by doing his part on the violin.

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In November 1931 she, Nellie Bradshaw, and Mrs. Dean prepared the evening lunch.

In 1936, she was working in the coffee shop -- in October she was aided by her daughter, Esta and her mother, Mrs. Campbell. Her sister-in-law, Inez (Caves) Yost opened up early in the morning and "kept shop" until noon.

Other Info: In 1936, she saw flames shooting up from the chimney of the roof garden building. She spoke to industrial superintendent Jensen, who went over to warn the sweet potato kiln men to go carefully with the pine knots. About half an hour later, Mrs. Caves again saw flashes on the roof of the big building and again she roused the colonists next door. This time Willie Brown rang the alarm on the hotel bell, which soon drew a number of people and the big hose to the scene of the fire.

Meanwhile, Peecher, in the electric shop next door, grabbed the chemical fire extinguisher, ran around, up the stairs, and in through the dance hall door, where he climbed onto the roof through the trap door near the edge of the roof and soon had the blaze out.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in Texas with her husband, likely next door to her mother and brother, Susan and Crockett Campbell.  

Death: She died in 1977 in Texas.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": March 7, 1931, November 21, 1931, February 29, 1936, August 15, 1936, October 31, 1936; "Denton Record Chronicle": August 21, 1936; Texas Death Certificate  


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