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George Stevens

Birth: He was born in 1865 at Iowa.  

Family Information: Husband of Cora Stevens.

Father of Bernie Stevens.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living in Iowa with his wife and children and working as a day laborer. In 1910, 1920 and 1930 the family was still in Iowa and he was working in a coal mine -- in 1920 he was working as both a farmer and coal miner.

In July 1930 he and his wife came to the colony with their son, Bernie, who was returning with his parents and Sam Klette's truck which he'd driven from Illinois.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: Ole Synoground was reported to be "the happiest man on the place" when he discovered that new arrival, "Stevens the Elder," was an expert saw-mill man.

In October 1930 he was on the crew turning logs into lumber as rapidly as the saw mill would cut it. Other colonists on the crew were Comrade Haering, George and Fred Jensen, Peterson, Shepherd, John and Jesse Armacost, Wilkerson and Ernest Kimball.

In January 1931 he was running the sawmill, with his small cutting crew including: Comrade Ruffner, Sturman, Ikey Jensen, Shoemaker, Peterson and "Buzzard" Wilkerson.

In September 1931 he was working on the farm -- at that point taking care of the late cow peas -- along with Quipp, Bartram, Grover, Jernberg, McClurg, Harry Morgan, Luther Mackentyre, Robert Roe, Fred Busick, Waters and Ogden.

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in 1950 and was buried at Oakdale Cemetery in Iowa.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": July 19, 1930, October 11, 1930, January 24, 1931, September 5, 1931; US  


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