Museum the New Llano Colony



Boyd Bartlett

Birth: He was born around 1870 in Iowa.  

Family Information: Married Ida Ann (Morris) Bartlett in Leesville, LA on February 11, 1933.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1931 he, with help from Chas. Jaufroid and Dan Wooley, built a log cabin in the center of the garden. Everyone was wondering who Bert Bertino would put in it.

In January 1932 he and Charles Jaufroid, Toivo Koylion and Harry Heller went out every morning to the Hoag place and worked on building a hennery. John Neal wanted to clear up the brooder house for new chickes and was ready to fill the new house, when completed, with Rhode Island Reds.

In 1934 he and Ernest Proudhon were working at the dairy barn making pipe connections on the water tank.

In 1936 he was in constant attendance upon Dr. Kimmel who was suffering from third degree burns after his stove had tipped, spilling boiling water over his arm, leg and foot. The careful attention of Nurse Boyd Bartlett, who was reported to have done master work at wound dressing, resulted in very encouraging improvements by February 1st of that year. 

Other Info: In 1933, he joined his soon-to-be wife as she began a series of "musical treats" for colonists who didn't, or couldn't, enjoy the regular colony entertainments. He attended her card parties for those who didn't enjoy dancing and musical evenings for colony "shut-ins" who weren't well enough to attend events outside their home.

In 1934 he attended a meeting in support of Upton Sinclair's EPIC club.

After the May Day Revolution of 1935, he signed a statement supporting John Szpila's letter, which had been published in the September 21, 1935 issue of the "Llano Colonist" and spelled out the reasons the overthrow of former General Manager, George T. Pickett, had been necessary.

In 1937 he met with several interested colonists to discuss garden needs that were soon going to need to be met. Also in attendance were Otto Hoefel, Israel Ginsberg, Ted Landrum, Forrest Waters, Ed Mansfield, E.O. Joynes, and Mr. Hayman of Leesville.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was still living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) with his wife, while working as a house painter / carpenter.  

Death: He died in 1942 from burns received when a blow torch exploded while he was at work at his shop in Newllano. Funeral services were conducted by E.O. Joynes with interment in the Stables cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1940; "Llano Colonist": October 31, 1931, January 16, 1932, February 18, 1933, May 20, 1933, April 7, 1934, June 30, 1934, October 12, 1935, January 11, 1936, February 1, 1936, February 13, 1937; "Leesville Leader": March 19, 1942  

 

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