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Pearl (Heaton Irwin) Wooster

Birth: Born in 1885 at Nebraska.  

Family Information: She married Ernest Wooster on Jan. 6, 1920 in DeRidder, LA.

Mother of twins, Bobby and Jeannette.


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living in Nebraska with her parents where her father was a farmer.  

Home in Colony: In 1920 she and Ernest were living in the New Llano Colony at Newllano, Louisiana.  

Job in Colony: She was a member of the office force in 1920.  

Other Info: In 1917 she and Ernest were the first to greet colonists Doc Williams, Babb, Bruhl and Ed Kenny when they arrived for the first Christmas celebration in Louisiana.

After her wedding in DeRidder, a small group of colonists held a "chiverie" (var. spelling - chiravari) outside their residence. The band included an accordion, clarinet, several horns and innumerable cans. After their performance, the crowd was invited into the Wooster home, where they made merry for some time.

She served as the matron of honor for her sister-in-law, Elma Wooster in April, 1920.  

Post-Colony History: She left the colony in 1920, traveling first to Nebraska for a visit with her sisters, then on to California.

In 1930 she was living in California with her husband and children.

That year 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 1936 she was living in California with her husband, Ernest, and their two children, Bobby and Jeannette. In 1940 she was still there with her husband and children, and also her mother-in-law, Jeannette Wooster.

In 1940 she was living in California with her husband and children.

Death: She died in 1858 in California.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1900, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Vernon Parish Democrat": Jan. 10, 1920, April 24, 1920; "Llano Colonist": May 10, 1930; California Death Index  


Pearl Wooster is standing, second from right, Viola Gilbert is standing at right; Ernest Wooster is kneeling in front of them with the Wooster's adopted twins.

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