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Annette "Nettie" (Emry) Bradshaw

Birth: She was born around 1886 in Iowa.  

Family Information: Daughter of Robert H. and Nancy Jane Emry.

Step-daughter of Cora Emry.

Sister of Opal (Emry) Layer.

Half-sister of Basil, Willard, Kenneth, Archie and Helen Emry.

Married to Ray Bradshaw.

Mother of Madeline and Verda Bradshaw.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living in Iowa with her father, his second wife and her siblings.

Nettie and Ray were married in Iowa around 1905-06; in 1910, 1920 and 1930 she and Ray were living in Iowa with their children.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In December, 1931, George Pickett took Martha Dougherty and the Bradshaws to Houston, Texas where all but Pickett would remain to act as salesmen in the three Llano foodstores obtained in that city through fellow co-operator, J.E. Wilson.

These stores were well established, simply needing capable and trustworthy operators who would be willing to live on a communal basis. An excellent apartment house containing 16 rooms was available where a community kitchen and dining hall could be established.

Mr. Wilson also mentioned how quite a number of people could be fed on the "waste" foods from the stores. These might include food in damaged, dirty, or unlabeled cans and/or fruits and vegetables with "spots" which were "unsaleable" to the fastidious trade. (NOTE: The fate of those stores in Houston has not been verified, but for several months they were frequently mentioned in the "Llano Colonist" and then never mentioned again.)

In March 1932, both she and her sister, Opal, were making dresses in the sewing room.  

Other Info: In June 1931 the family had visitors -- Mr. and Mrs. Harry Layer and their two children -- Mrs. Layer was Nettie's sister, Opal -- had come to stay for some time and were already on the job the first day of their visit.

In 1932 colonists did a play called "Mrs. Sullivan in Politics" starring Nettie as the lady who wanted to be boss of the "society". Her daughter, Verda, her sister, Opal (Emry) Layer, and her niece, Doris Layer, also had roles.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: She died in 1966 in Los Angeles, California.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": June 6, 1931, December 19, 1931, April 16, 1932, September 24, 1932; Iowa Marriage Records 1880-1937; California Death Index  


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