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Elma (Wooster) Svenson

Birth: She was born in Oregon around 1891.  

Family Information: Daughter of Rufe and Jeannette Wooster.

Sister of Ernest Wooster.

She married Victor Svenson on April 18, 1920, with her mother giving her away.

She wore a white organdie frock and a wreath of tiny white roses in her hair; four bridesmaids, similarly attired and all carrying shower bouquets of white sweet-briar roses, were Myrtle Kemp, Louise Belohradski, Rosa Matz, and Mildred Kemp; Her new sister-in-law, Pearl, served as matron of honor and had deep red roses in her bouquet which served to accentuate the purity and loveliness of the other emblems of maidenly innocence. A flower wreathed cake was on the center table where was seated the bride and groom surrounded by attendants and family.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 she was working as a teacher in the public school while living in Stockton, San Joaquin, California.  

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Job in Colony: She worked at the colony school and printery. 

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Post-Colony History: She and her husband left the colony in 1920, soon after their wedding, traveling first to Minneapolis, Minnesota where they went to bid bon-voyage to Mr. Svenson's brother who was leaving for Sweden, then on to an extended wedding journey through cities of the north west and Pacific coast.

In 1921 Victor was running a shoe repair shop at Los Angeles and they were very comfortably situated, as they lived in rooms in back of the shop.

In 1930 she attended a picnic of ex-colonists at Fullerton, California. Each brought a lunch, sufficient for his needs and the needs of several others. Long tables were arranged under the shade of the park trees. The coffee was furnished by Minnie Pickett and John Will saw to it that everyone was generously served. It was unanimously agreed to form an organization that would organize future semi-annual social gatherings for the group. Minnie Pickett was chosen secretary-treasurer and Dr. Robert K. Williams was appointed assistant secretary.

The picnic was attended by more than 65 ex-colonists including: Minnie Pickett, John and Frances Will and Dorothy, Lottie Brown, Professor Lowell H. Coates, Bert Engle, Victor and Alma Swanson and Elwin, Jess and Mildred Morris, Louis and Grace Petty, Louis and Jennie Conlin, Mrs. M.E. Babb, Norman and Ethel Johnson, Ernest and Pearl Wooster, H.L. and Guy Ward, Mrs. Clara Powers and son, George, Mrs. Ada Harper, Ethel Wright, E.E. Vaughn, J.H. Ryan, Val Brown and wife, Lottie Brown, Miss A.C. Austin, Walter Millsap, Jr. and his mother, Cara Millsap, Dr. Robert K. and Dr. Cecil C. Williams, E. Krause and family, John Van Nuland (who passed around a tub of Llano candy sent by Anton, and it was "great stuff" by all those who tasted it) Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kilmer, Professor Lowell B. Coate, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Earl, Mr. and Mrs. Suhre, A.L Spann, Frederick R. Johnson, A. Hansig.

In 1931, she and her husband, along with their son, again attended the picnic in Fullerton, California for ex-Llanoites.  


Sources: "Vernon Parish Democrat": April 24, 1920, February 10, 1921; "Llano Colonist": May 10, 1930, August 1, 1931; US Census: 1910, 1920  


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