Museum the New Llano Colony

Boyd Bartlett

Birth: Born around 1870 in Iowa.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Married Ida Ann (Morris) Bartlett in Leesville, LA on February 11, 1933.  

Job in Colony: In 1934 he and Ernest Proudhon were working at the dairy barn making pipe connections on the water tank.

In 1936 was in constant attendance upon Dr. Kimmel who was suffering from third degree burns after his stove tipped, spilling boiling water over his arm, leg and foot. The careful attention of Nurse Boyd Bartlett, who was reported to have done master work at wound dressing, resulted in very encouraging improvements by February 1st. 

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In 1933, joined his soon-to-be wife as she began a series of "musical treats" for colonists who didn't, or couldn't, enjoy the regular colony entertainments. He attended her card parties for those who didn't enjoy dancing and musical evenings for colony "shut-ins" who weren't well enough to attend events outside their home.

In 1934 attended a meeting in support of Upton Sinclair's EPIC club.

After the May Day Revolution of 1935, signed a statement supporting John Szpila's letter, which had been published in the September 21, 1935 issue of the "Llano Colonist" and spelled out the reason's the overthrow of former General Manager, George T. Pickett, had been necessary.

In 1937 met with several interested colonists to discuss garden needs that were soon going to need to be met. Also in attendance were Otto Hoefel, Israel Ginsberg, Ted Landrum, Forrest Waters, Ed Mansfield, E.O. Joynes, and Mr. Hayman of Leesville.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was still living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) with his wife, while working as a house painter / carpenter.  

Death: He died in 1942 from burns received when a blow torch exploded while at work at his shop in Newllano. Funeral services were conducted by E.O. Joynes with interment in the Stables cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1940; "Llano Colonist": February 18, 1933, May 20, 1933, April 7, 1934, June 30, 1934, October 12, 1935, January 11, 1936, February 1, 1936, February 13, 1937; "Leesville Leader": March 19, 1942