Museum the New Llano Colony

John Will

Birth: He was born in 1874 in Germany.  

Family Information:

He married Frances (Slaughter) Will in 1901 at Angels Camp, California.

Father of Oramil, Lois and Roberta Will.

Photo shows John Will and some of the colony hogs in a clipping from "The Western Democrat" December, 1916

Description: He immigrated to the United States in 1884 and by 1910 was a naturalized citizen.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he was living in California with his wife, two children and mother, and working as a butcher in a shop.

The family joined the colony during the California years and made the move to Newllano, Louisiana with the body of colonists. He rode in the auto caravan with Joe Valek and Otto Swanson.  

Home in Colony: In 1920 he was living in the colony with his wife and three children.  

Job in Colony: In California, he worked on the hog farm which had 600 hogs.

In 1920 he was listed on the US Census as a butcher at the meat market.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was again living in California with his wife and three children, plus a daughter-in-law (Anna May) and a lodger. At the time he was working as a butcher at a meat packing plant.

In 1940 he was still living in California with his wife and working as a butcher at a packing company.  

Death: He died in 1964 at San Bernardino, California and was buried at Vallecito Cemetery #1.  

Sources: California County Birth, Marriage and Death Records; US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Western Democrat": December 1916; "Llano Colonist": January 21, 1933 (Early Days in California), February 25 (Story of Llano); California Death Index;  


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