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Christobal "Chrystal" Schutz Alternate spelling Crystal

Birth: She was born in 1920 at Longville, Louisiana.  

Family Information: Daughter of Jane and Carl Schutz.


Pre-Colony History: In 1930 she was living with her parents and siblings at Longville, Louisiana, where they were neighbors of the Paul Giltner family.

They came to make their home in the colony in March 1932 with a truck load of furniture.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In October 1932 she was working in the kitchen and was described as an "artist at fixing up all kinds of good things to eat." One day she'd helped make some pudding out of sweet potato flour that was "greatly relished by everyone judging from the amount that was left - which was nil."

In December 1932 she was helping her mother get meals for the farm crew at the Hoag unit. In March 1933 she was working with two other girls to mop the kitchen at the Kid Kolony -- one, walking backwards was scrubbing with broom and suds; the second with mop and clear water was sopping up the suds; and the third with a dryer mop was finishing. The colonist remarked "This is real co-operation," and Crystal piped up in a flash - "No, this is technocracy."

In July 1933 she was working in the Kid Kolony gardens with Ware, Dr. Cecil, Mrs. Van Nuland and Cora Potter.

In March 1934 she and Iris Busick helped prepare the afternoon meals in the dining room and in July she was helping Vivian Crossland in the dining room.

In 1934, she was among a group of high school girls including Iris Busick, Margaret Brough, Nona Crotts, Vivian Crossland, Erma Hayes, Afton Lewis, Irene and Myrtle Maki, Rhea Mae Baldwin, Jeannette Woolley and May Gossett who reported to the orchard to help with berry picking.

In June 1934 she joined a crew picking up plums in the orchard including Lloyd Potter and his crew of children from the Kid Kolony; Crystal, Vivian Crossland and Bertha Richter from the high school; and Smith Sanford and Anna Shoemaker.

Also in June 1934 Elsie Ogden and Iris Busick were in charge of the dinner meal which was served by Crystal, Iris and Mrs. Watson with Arlene Watson at the bread counter while Lafe Murray served the water.

In November 1934 Crystal, Bertha Richter and Rosella Quipp cared for about twenty babies and small tots at the hotel so the parents could enjoy themselves at the roof garden.

In 1935 she and Irene Hewett were being trained to feed the job press at the print shop by manager Walter Robison.  

Other Info: In 1932 she played the xylophone in the newly organized Junior Orchestra which was being organized and taught by Fred Hamel.

In 1933 she was in seventh grade and they'd been learning to make pictures in black and gray; the care of the teeth; the Revolutionary War; and Europe.

Post-Colony History: In 1937 she was living in DeRidder, Louisiana.

Sometime before 1940 she married Albert Hauser and they were living in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.  

Death: She died in 2006 and was buried at Beauregard Cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 23, 1932, October 8, 1932, December 3, 1932, December 10, 1932, February 4, 1933, March 11, 1933, July 15, 1933, March 31, 1934, May 12, 1934, June 9, 1934, June 30, 1934, July 14, 1934, November 24, 1934, February 16, 1935; US Social Security Applications and Claims Index; Louisiana Naturalization Records: Carl Schutz; US SSDI;  


Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated May 6, 1933.

Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated March 31, 1934.

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