Museum the New Llano Colony

William H. "Harry" Bell, Jr.

Birth: Born around 1889 in Louisiana.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Son of Harry Bell, Sr..

From photos in our archives, he appears to have been married to Louise Belorahdsky, but the Belohradsky family left the colony in the early 1920's and there is also no further mention of Louise. By 1929 Harry was married to Alma Wilson Bell.  

Job in Colony:  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In 1922 Harry was the manager of the Newllano Theater. In April of that year he performed the ditty "I Love a Lassie" in one of the theater programs assisted by a bevy of lovely girls consisting of Louise Belorahdsky, Rose Matz, Maxine Gaddis, Vinita Thurman, and Mildred Seelye.

Later that month he did another sketch assisted by the Misses Louise Belorahdsky, Gertrude West, Rosa Matz and Maxine Gaddis and Comrades Frank Newman and Bill Beavers. "It was a one-act melodrama, and a scream indeed. Harry sang: "They all go wild over me" -- but that is just his conceit. He is not the only pebble on the beach. There are others."

Louise Belarodsky Bell and Harry Bell, Jr.  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was living in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana with his second wife, Alma, and two sons -- Wayne O. Bell (age 17) and R.Jay Bell (age 15). At that time, he was listed as a farmer and all three dependents were listed as farm laborers.

Death: He died before 1940.  

Sources: Photo Archives; "Llano Colonist": April 8, 1922, April 15, 1922, April 22, 1922; US Census: 1930, 1940


Center: Louise Belarodsky Bell and Harry Bell, Jr.

Right:(Standing L to R) Harry Bell, Jr., Alma Wilson Bell, Kitty Bell, Bert Bell; (Front -- L to R) Harry Bell, Sr., Mrs. Ida Bell (was Ida Pickett Fulton West); Labor Day 1929