Museum the New Llano Colony

Lester Caves

Birth: He was born in 1894 in Texas.  

Family Information: Brother of Inez Yost.

Married to Ada Caves.

Father of Leon and Esta Caves.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 and 1910 he was living in Texas with his parents and siblings -- in 1910 he was working as a farm laborer on the home farm. In 1920 and 1930 he was living in Sanger, Texas with his wife and two children -- in 1920 he was farming and 1930 he was a grocery merchant.

In December 1928 he was a new subscriber to the "Llano Colonist" along with J.H. Eggleston, Prof. W.D. Laurie, C.P. Allred, G. C. Campbell and Bert Bertino -- all from Texas.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In September 1931 one hundred fifty sacks of beans and peas were picked in the forenoon by a volunteer crew of men, women and children. The crowd gathered a little after 7 am and was divided into different crews to look after different fields; by 11:30 the job was done. Volunteers included: Killian, Butts, Lloyd, Baldwin, Waters, Doc Williams, Quentin, Fred Busick, Roscoe Busick, Byron Busick, Vivian Busick, Graves, Webb, John Allred, Melvina Hullinger, Fred Levan, Goeke, Eldred, Tom Farrell, Claud Allred, Earl Swenson, Mackie, Frank Collins, George Collins, Boydelatour, Cleve Campbell, Mr. Caves, Clarence Long, Harry Rennick, Dee Kurtz, Pittman, Edminster, Walter Fread, Clarence Fread, Mrs. Herron, Woodruff, J.W. Gilbert, H.M. Wood, Winegar, Bert Moore, Lindwall, Ole Synoground, Rohr, Carnahan, Hoens, Mrs. Wooley, John Neill, Robert Roe, Warren Roe, Nesnow, Bartrum and B. Stevens.

In 1935 was working in the Vernon Cash Store that was located in the colony Industrial Building which also contained the Coffee Shop, the machine shop, garage and tin shop.  

Other Info: In October 1931 an old-time musical melange was gotten up by Bill Killian, who played alto on his fiddle while Comrade Banks, who is an old-time showman, played the first fiddle, Les Caves strummed the guitar and Claud Long picked the mandolin. Their snappy numbers were much enjoyed, and a repeat number had to be given.

In October 1935 he was nominated to be on the Board of Directors, along with (in order of nomination), Robert K. Williams, E.D. Carl, Lester Caves, Crockett Campbell, John Szpila, Harold Emery, Charles Lawrence, Chester Peecher, E.O. Joynes, Chester Page, Horace Cronk, George Hullinger, Walter Robison, "Chauncey" DuProz, Mrs. Olive Lentz, Mrs. Mabel Busick, Lionel Crossland, Charles Derleth, J.H. "Dad" Ribbing and Cy Horney. The meeting also adopted a rule permitting all resident members who had been at the colony more than sixty days to vote in the election, provided too few proxies were received to hold a regular stock holders' meeting.

Less than one fourth the required stock was represented at the Stockholders' meeting, so the colonists proceeded with the election of a new board of directors as planned. Those selected were: Robert K. Williams, E.C. Carl, Lester Caves, Crockett Campbell, Harold Emery, Chester Peecher, E.O. Joynes, Charles Lawrence, and Chester Page. Runners up were Mrs. Mabel Busick, Horace Cronk and John Szpila.

In 1936 Doc Williams took Lester and his sister to Gainesville, Texas where their mother was seriously ill.  

Post-Colony History: In 1937 Roy McLean visited the Caves family in Houston, Texas and reported that Les had opened up a grocery store in Houston and was getting off to a good start there.

In 1940 he was living in Texas with his wife, likely next door to her mother and brother, Susan and Crockett Campbell. At the time he was working as a watchman for a manufacturing company.  

Death: He died in 1975 in Texas.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": December 1, 1928, September 5, 1931, October 3, 1931, August 24, 1935, October 12, 1935, February 29, 1936, August 15, 1936, February 13, 1937; "Denton Record Chronicle": August 21, 1936; Texas Death Certificate  


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