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Genevieve Quipp

Birth: She was born around 1923.  

Family Information: Daughter of Frank and Mona Quipp.

Sister of Franklin, Quentin, Rosella, Ione, Violet, Joy Ilane, Paul Leroy, and Sidney Eugene.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: The Quipp family lived on the first land cleared by colonists after their arrival in Louisiana in 1917; it was located west of the Llano cemetery. In 1935 the crops looked good -- the berries had been gathered that morning, beans looked thrifty, tomato vines loaded down with large fruit, corn yielding roasting ears and sweet potato vines that promised a good harvest.  

Job in Colony: She was quite a good housekeeper in 1935, helping out at home, at the hotel, and at the Kid Kolony as necessary.  

Other Info: In 1932, she became a Nature Guardian of Louisiana when she agreed to protect the birds, flowers, trees and other natural resources of the state against wanton destruction.

Soon after her arrival in December 1932 Jasmine Lewis was helping Lloyd Potter, the fourth grade teacher, teach a Hungarian folk dance to Hilda Mahler and Genevieve, ages 9 and 10, to be performed at the Christmas program.

In June 1933, Oscar Needham loaned his big Buick coupe so the fourth grade could have their spring outing on the banks of the Sabine river. They enjoyed swimming, fishing, ice cream, mud baths and a perfect day. The group included: Hulda Mahler, Frances Roe, Genevieve, Billy Busick, Eugene Hewett, Ernest Ogden, Raymond Campbell, Joe Lentz and their teacher. When they left the colony, four children were hanging on the outside, while five rode on the inside with plenty of eats and an ice cream freezer filled with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. Their picnic included biscuits with egg, honey and peanut butter filling and raw carrots for relish. While the teacher read to some, others threw stones far out into the stream, with Ernest and Raymond claiming to have thrown into Texas. The 'colored' ferryman, having come down, went into convulsions of laughter after spotting Eugene, who had covered every square inch of his body, except his eyes and mouth, with mud.

She won second place overall at a track meet of the Junior Co-operators Organization in 1933. In the individual events, she placed second in the high jump for her age group with a distance of 2'9"; also placed third in the 100-yard dash and second in the sack race.

The M.E. Church of Leesville joined with the colony to present a Mother's Day program at the colony theater in 1936. Dr. Samuel Irwin, of the Christian Commonwealth Community, three miles south of the colony, gave an inspiring talk, after which Genevieve sang "I've a Mother Old and Gray". Later in the program, she also participated in an acted poem called "Tatters".

In May 1936 some of the frequent visitors at the colony pool were May Gossett, Joanne and Ruth Wooley, Isabel Page, Ione,Genevieve, Violet and Joy Quippp.

In 1936 she, in a well-trained voice, sang a cute little story of "All the Little Chickens," and had to respond with "Why Can't I Have a Beau?" She was accompanied by Mrs. Quipp on the piano.  

Post-Colony History: In July 1937 the family sent a postcard to Ruth Jernberg in the colony to say that they'd finally reached their destination at Spooner, Wisconsin after they'd left a month prior.


Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 2, 1932, December 24, 1932, April 15, 1933, June 17, 1933, July 17, 1933, June 22, 1935, May 16, 1936, July 4, 1936, July 10, 1937  


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