Museum the New Llano Colony

Mary Emery


Family Information: Married to Harold Emery.

Mother of Louise Emery.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In 1934 the family moved into the old Synoground house. 

Job in Colony: In January 1934 she was the proofreader for Llano publications, kept the books and tended to the business end of many of the printing jobs done by the print shop.

She also, along with Myrtle Bradshaw gathered the little tots together at the hotel dining room so Mrs. Mitchell, who drove the school bus, could pick them up for the trip to the Kid Kolony every morning. When canning or print shop activities weren't too pressing, Zelma DeFausell helped out, too.

In July 1934 the regular crew at the print shop included: Lloyd Potter, Harold and Mary Emery, Ben Low, Roy MacDonald, Anna Loutrel, George Leevey, Afton Lewis, Howard Stansbury, Mr. Ranft and Irene Hewitt.

Esther Allen, Mrs. Weatherwax and Bertha Richter helped out on the "Colonist" and "Democrat" days, plus both DeForest and Marvin Sanford could be seen there a good share of the time.

In 1935 Walter Robison was finishing the printing of the Colonist while Howard Stansbury, Mrs. Doehlert, Mrs. Emery and Vivian Crossland wrapped them for the mail. 

Other Info: In April 1934 a lovely gathering was held at the home of Frank Brough, another New Englander, to "God-speed" the Fay family to Norfolk, Connecticut where they hoped to arrange their affairs over the next few months and return to the colony in the fall.

Attendees enjoyed music, games and a wonderful lunch. They included: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Archer, Drs. Robert K. and Cecil C. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. George Matz, Mrs. Maki, Smith Sanford, DeForest Sanford, George Leevey, Wm. Bingham, Dennis Stanley, Forest R. Waters, Mary Emery and the Brough family, consisting of Margaret, William and Frank.  

Post-Colony History: On June 19, 1937 the Emery family offered a farewell to the colony when they entered into the Saturday evening performance at the theater -- Harold read "If", Kipling's concept of what constitutes a man, and Lindsay's "Gospel of Beauty". Afterwards, little Louise came on with sweeping skirt and recited an interesting poem about "Giants," for which her mother Mary furnished the music.

Mary then played a duet with Orchestra Leader Sidney Archer, the "March Militaire" and sang a closing number, "The Bells of St. Mary's," after which the audience joined in the singing of "Auld Lang Syne".  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 20, 1934, April 21, 1934, July 7, 1934, September 8, 1934, July 13, 1935, July 3, 1937  


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