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Myer Tuber Alternate spelling Meyer

Birth: He was born in 1890 at Kadon, Russia. He left Lebava, Russia aboard the Cherson, arriving at the port of New York in December 1907. He filed his Declaration of Intention to become a naturalized US citizen in July 1909 at Hartford, Connecticut.  

Family Information: Husband of Sadie Tuber.

Father of Sylvia, William and Ruth Tuber.  

Description: In 1909 he had a dark complexion, weighed 133 pounds, and was 5'7" tall. He had brown hair and brown eyes.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1930 he was living in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and children and working as a buyer for a department store.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: He worked at the commissary with Runa Baldwin. In October 1931 they were doing a "land office business" and it was thought they could have still a larger patronage if they would put in a greater variety of supplies.

Other Info: In 1931 he said he had a new name for the coffee substitute made from Jack beans within the colony. He wanted "to sell it as "Beano". With the addition of powdered milk and sugar "Beano" certainly [did] make a fine drink, as good, indeed as some other so-called health drinks."

In October 1931 Comrade Atworth presided at the Open Forum where Comrade Morgan spoke on the subject of "Science and Life" intimating that COHESION (sticking-togetherness) is the principle of life both in inorganic and organic life. McDonald, Raicoff, Lentz and Tuber also talked on the subject.

In March 1932 E.G. Webb was unanimously elected president of the Llano Welfare League. Other officers elected were: Vice-president Meyer Tuber; secretary Daisy Brown; Assistant Secretary Walter Frahm; The meeting was attended by more than 100 persons and included members of the colony's Board of Directors as well as GM Pickett. Webb said "Llano Colony is a democratic group and the Welfare League is designed to be an avenue of expression for all who wish to support the management in its desire to promote the progress and happiness of its people and interest or lack of interest in the work of the League will therefore be the measure of one's concern for the welfare of the community. Meyer Tuber also declared his devotion to the purposes of the League and to the colony.

At the next psychological meeting manager Pickett  disclaimed emphatically the idea that the Welfare League was a "brush gang". On the contrary he said, he personally welcomed the organization and wished it all success in carrying out its objectives.

After the first meeting, however, the Welfare League seems to have become a group of adverse critics, their weekly meetings becoming programs of complaint.

Evidence was soon uncovered that Webb had come to the colony with the goal of taking control. He and his cohorts were asked to explain themselves, but rather than do so, both Webb and Walter Groth moved into the colony home of Myer Tuber, who claimed they were his invited guests and could not legally be evicted. From this colony home they worked with other disgruntled former colonists and conducted a campaign of vilification and defamation, mainly directed at George T. Pickett.

In July 1932 the 11th District Court of Mansfield ruled that even though Tuber had spent his own money on his home, it remained the property of the colony, therefore the men were trespassing on colony property and ordered to depart immediately and never return.

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was again living in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and children and was the owner of a dry goods store.  

Death: He died in 1970 at Pinellas, Florida. His last reported residence was in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Sources: Connecticut Federal Naturalization Records; US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": October 24, 1931, October 31, 1931, November 28, 1931, March 12, 1932, March 19, 1932; "The Crisis in Llano Colony" by Sid Young; US SSDI; Florida Death Index  

 


Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated March 19, 1932.

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