Museum the New Llano Colony

Estelle Loutrel

Birth: Born around 1860 in Pennsylvania.  

Family Information: Wife of E.H. Loutrel.

Mother of Homer Loutrel.

Grandmother of Dorothy, Ruth, Sarah Helen and Judith Loutrel.


Pre-Colony History: She lived in Missouri in 1892.

She came to the colony from California around 1922 with her husband and son.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1922 she was part of the laundry crew, along with Mrs. Beavers, Mr. Chappell, Mrs. Benthall, Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Marchick. Comrade Beavers, Sr. ran the washing machine while Mrs. Loutrel and Mrs. Newman mended the torn clothes.

In June 1928 she was part of a group making sauer kraut which included: Mrs. Loutrel, Mrs. Wright, Turner, Mrs. Roe, McGee, Ethel Belcher and Mrs. Bennett.  

Other Info: One of 42 colonists who signed a petition, dated January 10, 1928 and sent to the governor of Louisiana, which objected to the securing of a new charter being issued to the colony. Among other things, this petition claimed that affairs of the colony had been grossly and intentionally mismanaged and conduct of the management so flagrantly opposed to good morals that a receiver assigned by the District Court was necessary to handle affairs. It alleged that management had: 1. Used misleading propaganda which caused hundreds of people to invest their money in the colony, only to be disillusioned and have to leave with nothing to show for their investment. 2. Reduced the colony to a peon camp - these "peons" being poorly fed, clothed and housed. 3. Advocated "free-love", including promiscuous relations of the sexes and other practices contrary to good morals. 4. Expressed contempt for courts and authorities by taking it upon themselves to punish two boys for stealing from the colony store. 5. Prostituted colony schools by employing nondescript persons as teachers, while issuing fraudulent reports and drawing hundreds of dollars from the Parish School funds in the names of certified teachers and by exploiting child labor. The case was taken all the way to the Supreme Court but eventually was annulled and the plaintiff's demands rejected.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: She died in August 1930 while living in the colony, after having been attended through her sickness by Dr. Kimmel, Anna Tabb and Mrs. Grave.  

Sources: Family Source: Ruth Loutrel Summey; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 2, 1922; "Llano Colonist": June 3, 1922, February 25, 1928, June 30, 1928, August 23, 1930, May 13, 1933 (Story of Llano), May 20, 1933 (Story of Llano) ; US Census: 1930  


Estelle Loutrel tombstone at O'Banion Cemetery in New Llano, Louisiana.

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