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Wegie H. Lacefield

Birth: She was born around 1859 in Twin Mound, Kansas.  

Family Information: She married Henry Clay Lacefield on October 24, 1888 and they had one son, Ormond V. Lacefield, although neither seem to have ever lived in the colony with her.  

Description: Her full name was Kumweijaf Bonheur Seginett Hyatt Lacefield, but in the colony she was fondly known as "Mother Wegie."

The last words she wrote indicate the manner of woman she was. They are as follows: "I would be what I want others to be; I would be efficient, careful, just, kind, loving and true; honest, merciful, industrious, thoughtful, loyal, free, joyous, happy and appreciative."

She was a student of spiritual philosophy and her studies led her to the firm conviction that intelligence and will as manifested in human life exist as imperishable formative forces or principles, distinct from the physical form; accompanied by the desire for expression and action which accompanies intelligence and will everywhere else thoroughout the domain of nature.

Pre-Colony History: All her life she had been a teacher and among her many accomplishments was that of writing poetry.

She came to the colony around 1929 (two years prior to her death).  

Home in Colony: In 1930 she was listed as a boarder with the Emily Swenson family.

In January 1931 Walter Fread and his son, Clarence, delivered "a jag of kindling wood" to the Mesdames Lacefield and Stephens at their home in the colony.  

Job in Colony: She often wrote interesting articles for the "Llano Colonist".

In March 1930 she was caring for the little ones at the Kid Kolony.

Later in 1930 she was listed as a helper in the colony kitchen. In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.  

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Post-Colony History:  

Death: She died in September 1931 at the New Llano Colony and was buried there. The last rites were performed in the grove.

She was survived by her son, Ormond Lacefield, who was living in California at the time of her death.  

Sources: smremund123; US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": March 1, 1930, May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, September 27, 1930, January 3, 1931, October 3, 1931; Louisiana Statewide Death Index  

Mother Wegie's Steam Bath Recipe
Mother Wegie's Steam Bath Recipe. Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated September 27, 1930.

The above poem was published in the May 24, 1895 edition of "Lucifer the Light Bearer" published by Moses Harman, a proponent of abolition, free thought, individual sovereignty (anarchy), and marriage reform ("free love," as its more socially acceptable version was then known).

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