Museum the New Llano Colony

Gudrun "Runa" Baldwin

Birth: She was born in 1892 at Alberta, Canada.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1901 she was living in Alberta, Canada with her parents and siblings.

In 1916 she and Septer were living in Alberta, Canada where he worked as a farmer and she reported her religion to be Lutheran.

The couple joined the colony at some point during the California years. They came to Louisiana with the main body of colonists near the end of 1917.  

Family Information: Wife of Septer Baldwin.

Mother of Rhea Mae Baldwin, who was born in the California colony around 1917.


Job in Colony: While in California, the couple operated the Dumontagne farm of 80 acres at the Mescal Creek location.

In Louisiana, she worked in the bakery and was the forewoman of the roaster and bakery department.  

Home in Colony: The Baldwin's lived in a rather fine home which had been built for Mr. Irwin, who went on to start the Christian Commonwealth Community which, although a separate organization from the Llano colony, existed as a co-operative neighbor.  

Other Info: She was one of the members of the colony when George T. Pickett first named General Manager.

In 1929 the theater program featured camera pictures of Llano, California and Newllano which were shown on a white screen while George Pickett paid tribute to the Auld Lang Syners who had been part of the pioneer days of the colony including: Peter, Dora and Harold Kemp; L. Roedemeister, Dad Thomas and Mr. Fox; Septer, Runa and Rhea May Baldwin; Chas. Anderson, Anton Van Nuland and Theo Landrum; Susan and Albert Moore; William and Mrs. Newman; Arthur, Donna, Donna 2nd and Dolores Goble; and George Pickett himself.

In April 1929 she attended a birthday party held for Billie Busick (five years old) and Charlotte Hewitt (turning four) at the home of Mrs. Minnie Hewitt.  

Post-Colony History: Left the colony with her husband and daughter in 1935 to live in Idaho.

In 1940 she and Septer were living in Washington where he was working as an outside foreman in a coal mine.  

Death: She died in 1954 from a coronary thrombosis following a fractured left femur twelve days before. The injury to her leg must have happened around February 18. Her husband died on February 26th and she passed away on March 2nd. Both are buried in Farmington, Washington.  

Sources: Alberta, Canada Marriages Index; Canada Census: 1901, 1916; "Llano Colonist": March 9, 1929, April 27, 1929, January 14, 1933 (The Story of Llano), April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924), July 22, 1933, February 16, 1935; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 7, 1929; "Can We Cooperate" by Bob Brown; US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; Idaho Death Records;  

Left: the Septer Baldwin home.

Center: the Baldwin family -- Septer, Rhea, Runa