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Esta Elizabeth Caves  

Birth: She was born around 1918 in Texas.  

Family Information: Daughter of Lester and Ada Caves.

Sister of Leon Caves.

Niece of Inez Yost, Crockett and Mabel Campbell.

Great-niece of Cleve Campbell.


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 and 1930 she was living in Sanger, Texas with her parents.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In June 1931 the midday meal was prepared and served by the Mesdames Lentz, Long, White, Corbett, Nesnow, Parsons, Hardy, Joynes and the Misses Stella Kittle, Bays and Caves. Frances Wilkerson and Virginia and Ruth Kittle gathered the trays which Mrs. Wright was kept busy wiping for repeated service.

In June 1934 she volunteered to help out in the Oil and Mineral office by addressing post cards.  

Other Info: Was one of 16 girls who wound the broad ribbons round the Maypole at Llano's birthday party in 1932 (other dancers included Nellie (Kemp) Bradshaw, Laura (Synoground) Swenson, Ruth Shoemaker, Sylvia and Ruth Tuber, Verda Bradshaw, Hortense Self, Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty, Helen Emry, Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Myrtle and Irene Maki, Marguerite Killian, Iris Busick, Flora Young and Rhea Mae Baldwin.)  

Post-Colony History: In 1938 she married Robert Syptak in Texas. In 1940 they were living in Texas where he worked as a department manager for a retail grocery and she worked as an operator in a beauty parlor.  

Death: She died in November 1995 in Texas.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": June 6, 1931, May 14, 1932, June 2, 1934, August 15, 1936; "Denton Record Chronicle": August 21, 1936; Texas Select County Marriage Records; Texas Death Index  


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