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Dorothy "Dora" (Jaufroid) Adams

Birth: She was born in 1881 at Louisiana.  

Family Information: Daughter of Charles and Theodora Jaufroid.

Sister of Charles Jaufroid, Eveline Jaufroid and adopted sister of Louise Jaufroid.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living in Louisiana with her parents and siblings.

In 1901 she was listed as a "Special Art Student" in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University. A "Special" student was one who selected their own courses and were not given a degree for their studies.

In 1920 she was living in Covington, Louisiana with her parents and siblings and working as a teacher at a public school. In 1930 she was still living in Covington with her mother and siblings and working as a teacher providing private art classes.

At some point she married a Mr. Adams because she was known as Mrs. Dora Adams while living in the colony, though there is no mention of him in the colony newspapers.

She and her sister, Evelyn, visited the colony from Covington, Louisiana in March 1931. They were interested mostly in agriculture, especially from a floral and garden aspect.

She and her family came to the colony in August 1931. They were brought in by Miss S.J. Reader, a teacher of the Sophie Wright High School of New Orleans. Miss Reeder was a staunch believer in the Llano movement and as a kind friend of the Jaufroids and Mrs. Adams made possible their trip to Llano and generously used her new car and paid all expenses as her donation to the good work.  

Home in Colony: In October 1931 Charles was building sleeping porches on the house occupied by the family, located north of the Banta residence.

Also in October 1931 Larson and Shorty Barrett were working to finish the roof on the Jaufroid house which had been "gaping to the sky" for several days. The rush was occasioned on account of the rainy appearance of the sky.  

Job in Colony: Soon after the family's arrival in the colony she must have briefly returned to Covington, Louisiana, because it was reported in August 1931 that she was expected to be back in the colony in about ten days to act as one of the teachers.  

Other Info: In November 1931 Mrs. Adams was taking vegetables and wholesome things to eat to the patients at the hospital. Her sister, Miss Eveline Jaufroid, also had made plans to raise useful vegetables on a small scale in her home garden; by useful they meant things for the table that would not be available in sufficient quantities; that year they were lacking spinach, cabbage, carrots, parsley, beets, asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes, turnips, etc.

In February 1932 Sam Klette took Bernie Stevens back to the Rice Ranch. Along with him were Mrs. Jaufroid, Louise Jaufroid, Mrs. Adams, Phillip Ellison and young Robert Roe. The Jaufroid family was going to Covington, Louisiana, where their furniture had been stored; the furniture would be brought back to the colony by Sam, though Mrs. Jaufroid and Phillip would stay for awhile to visit friends.

In June 1932 she returned to the colony from a visit of several weeks to her mother who was again living in Covington, Louisiana. Accompanying her was her mother and several educators from New Orleans who stayed in the colony for several days in order to absorb some of the atmosphere of cooperation as practiced in Llano.

In September 1932 she departed for the Terrebonne unit along with other family members including Miss Louise Jaufroid, Eveline and Garfield Miller. A farewell party was held at the home of T.F. Brough. Also attending were Ed Blank, Wm. Bingham, John Aiton, George Taylor, Harry Irwin, Joe Krug, Mrs. Neal, T.F. Brough and his children Billy and Margaret.

Warren Fread delivered the four, along with Sam Hall and a load of household effects, equipment and seed to the lower unit. They left the colony very early in the morning, so left their "au revoir" on the blackboard of the hotel porch.  

Post-Colony History: At some point she married a Mr. King, though in 1940 she was listed as "widowed" on the census form and was living in Covington, Louisiana with her brother, Charles, who owned a retail grocery.


Sources: US Census: 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940; Jambalaya Yearbook: 1901; "Llano Colonist": March 21, 1931, August 15, 1931, October 31, 1931, November 28, 1931, February 27, 1932, June 25, 1932, September 10, 1932, September 24, 1932  


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