Museum the New Llano Colony



Earl Lee Roy Banta

Birth: Born in 1929 in Virginia.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Son of Roy Landry Banta and Bondell (Banta) Jensen; step-son of George "Ike" Jensen; brother of Marie Banta; grand-son of Etta White.

His father must have been a grandson of Rufus and Elizabeth Banta -- in December 1935 his mother brought her children from Sykes, Louisiana to the elder Banta's home which was referred to as "Grandma's".  

Job in Colony:  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In May 1937 Doc Williams took Bondell, Earl and C.S. (Daddy) Thomas to the Shreveport Hospital -- Earl to see a doctor about an injury to his eye and Daddy because his vision had been getting worse. They arrived around 10 and as usual, the hospital was very busy and it required considerable time before the two patients were seen. Finally they were examined and told to wait. Around noon, Daddy, who had to have a slight operation was told to stay over and taken to a ward and so they completely lost sight of him. Earl was eventually taken to a ward on the third floor and put in a white robe. He didn't fancy that very much, as he didn't want to go to bed in the daytime. At 4 pm the Dr. finally came around and looked Earl over, deciding that there was no need for an operation. He had nothing but a scar on his eyeball and adding another would only make matters worse. Mrs. Jensen was very relieved and Earl was immediately ready to return home.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: Died in 1993 in Louisiana.  

Sources: Virginia Birth Records; US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": December 14, 1935, May 8, 1937; FindAGrave.com