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Katie Belle Goins Alternate spelling Goans

Birth: Born around 1923 in Louisiana.  

Family Information: Daughter of Hattie Brown.

Step-daughter of Ed Brown.

Sister of Ila Goans and Mrs. Ben Clark.  


Pre-Colony History: She and her sister, Ila, arrived in the colony in June 1935.  

Home in Colony: In 1935 she was living insdie the Newllano Colony.  

Job in Colony: In June 1935 Cy Horney, Mrs. Hewitt and Mrs. Frank Harris were getting dinner ready at the hotel. Katie Bell had charge of the silverware and her sister, Iola Goins, helped with the washing of the dishes. Mrs. Matz had a sore foot and was unable to help at the time.

In November 1935 Industrial Manager Page appointed Anna Shoemaker as the new manager of the hotel after the departure of Mrs. DuProz. Her crew consisted of Sarah Murray, who would, assisted by Ruby Loftin, cook dinner. Mrs. Gay and Mrs. Anna Tabb would cook supper. Mrs. Wright, who had wiped trays twice a day for so long, would continue to do so at dinner and Katie Belle Goans would clean the trays at supper.

By the end of February 1936 Mrs. Matz was once again the hotel manager, with Katie Belle still helping.

In 1936 Harry Morgan was in charge of the laundry and his helpers included Mrs. Clark, Katie Belle and Ila Goans, Mrs. Ribbing, Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Swilley.

Later in 1936, her sister Mrs. Clark, was in charge of the laundry and both Katie Belle and Ila remained to assist her there, though by May, both the latter girls were back in the kitchen. Katie Belle helped prepare the 1936 Thanksgiving meal at the hotel which consisted of sweet potatoes, roast beef and various other things.  

Other Info: In 1936 she was on the Llano Library Roll of Honor for returning all her library books on or before their due date.

In 1937 she and Ila helped hide Easter eggs for the younger children at the huge party held on the Mrs. Hewett's lawn. They later helped serve cocoa and sandwiches.

A week later she received word that her brother who was in the (US) navy was very ill and in a government hospital.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she was living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) with her mother, step-father and two sisters.  


Sources: US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": June 15, 1935, November 9, 1935, November 23, 1935, December 7, 1935, January 18, 1936, February 8, 1936, February 29, 1936, May 2, 1936, December 5, 1936, April 10, 1937, April 17, 1937  


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