LOUISA SHUMWAY RHOTON
(1883-1952) Granddaughter of Elijah Averett
From writing submitted by her family
(In the book The Charles Shumway Family 1806-1979)
Louisa was born in 1883 in Shumway, Arizona to Wilson Glen Shumway and Janette Mariah Averett. She was the oldest daughter in a family of 9 children. Her parents called her Loie. Her brothers and sisters nicknamed her Lo. Christine said, "Louisa was her father’s pride and joy and anything she did was all right with him. I always said that she was his pet. I am sure there was a reason that she was his pet, because I remember her kindness and sweetness."
Louisa’s mother was in poor health most of her life. As a result, Louisa had to take a lot of responsibility for her family. She learned to be a very good cook and an immaculate housekeeper.
She grew up in the little town of Shumway. Her mother ran a hotel, and her father ran the grist mill. Farmers came from miles around to have their wheat ground into flour.