Museum the New Llano Colony

John Herman Ribbing

Birth: He was born in 1863 in Sweden.  

Family Information: He married Augusta Ribbing in Iowa in November 1886.

Father of Harry Ribbing and other children who probably didn't live in the colony: Florence, Esther (Ribbing) Brown and William H. Ribbing.


Pre-Colony History: He immigrated to America in 1883 and by 1900 had been naturalized. In 1900 he and his wife were living in Missouri with their children and he was working as a machinist.

In 1930 he and his wife were living in Michigan with their children while he worked as a machinist in an auto factory.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1934 Harry Layer was in charge of the machine shop, assisted by John H. Ribbing , Fred Richter, Leon Caves and Milton Maki. At that time the shop was well-equipped with "a large lathe, air compressor, power hack saw, drill press, planer, grinding wheels, tools and all equipment... [though] the machine shop's present need [wa]s a milling machine so that gears could be made." It had done "such important work as re-conditioning engines, cranes, sawmill equipment, Diesel engine parts, laundry dryer, and so on, in almost endless number."  

In 1935 he was foreman of the machine shop where he made repairs to the colony machines plus did "quite a little work" for neighbors.  

Other Info: 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.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he and Augusta with their son, Harry, were living in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.  


Sources: Photo Archives; Iowa Marriage Records; US Census: 1900, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": April 7, 1934, August 24, 1935, October 12, 1935, February 29, 1936



(L to R) John Herman Ribbing, Esther Ribbing Brown, Agusta Swenson Ribbing, Unidentified

(L to R) Harry Ribbing, Esther Ribbing Brown, Agusta Swenson Ribbing, John Herman Ribbing

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