Museum the New Llano Colony

Bennett Asbury "Bennie" Babb

Birth: He was born in 1904 in Missouri.  

Family Information:

Son of Marion E. and Lutie Babb.

Description: In 1942 he was 5'8" tall, weighed 150 pounds, had a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he was living in Missouri with his parents.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In March 1922 he, along with Truman Benthal and Max Beavers helped with colony building projects.

In April of 1922 he was part of a group of students who worked in the garden along with Emma Kapotsy, Dover Cryer, Roscoe Busick, Fred Busick, Clifford Synoground, Harold Kemp, Dawson Cryer, Charles Lee, Brooks Merrel and Max Beavers.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1920 he was living in California with his parents. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1925 and was stationed aboard the SS West Caldera.

In 1930 he was back in California, living with his parents and his first wife, Floy, and working as a poultry man. In 1931 the couple attended some meetings arranged by George Pickett in California.

In 1942 he was living in San Bernardino, California and was self-employed.

His first wife, Floy, died in 1972 and in February 1973 he married Rocina (Matz) Hefner in Las Vegas, Nevada.

By 1983 he had become a sculptor -- he was taking a Lost-wax Bronz sculpture course at Palomar College that year.  

Death: He died in 1996 in California and was buried in Escondido, California.  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": March 18, 1922, April 22, 1922, July 18, 1931; California Marriage Records; US Draft Registration: WWII; Application for Seaman's Certificate of American Citizenship or Intention Papers; Washington Passenger and Crew Lists; California Passenger and Crew Lists; Nevada Marriage Index; Correspondence to "Florence" from Rosa Bennett: June 1, 1983;; California Death Index  


Bennett Babb
Photo attached to his Application for Seaman's Certificate of American Citizenship or Intention Papers dated February 14, 1928.

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