Museum the New Llano Colony

Edward Campbell Bennett


Description: In 1929 he was a 70 year-old teacher from West Virginia -- he lived in the colony for only a year before returning to West Virginia soon after his accident in the planing mill.  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Came to the colony with his wife, Mrs. Bennett.  

Job in Colony: In 1929 he was working in the planing mill where he lost two fingers -- he blamed the lack of guards on the machines.

In 1935 Professor Bennett was teaching the bulk of the eighth grade mathematics in the colony schools.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In 1929 he participated as the pronouncer in a colony spelling match held in celebration of Washington's birthday. In June of that year he was one of four college graduates in the colony including O.E. Enfield, John McSlarrow, E.G. Bennett and Ben Roe.

Apparently returned to the colony at some point, because after the May Day Revolution of 1935, he 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 August 1936 Doc Williams, Roy Parson and Charley Derleth made a hasty run to Shreveport searching for a much-needed "dado" or groove cutting machine to be used, but none could be found. While there, they stopped to inquire after two colonists who'd been some time in the Shreveport hospital -- Mr. Bennett and George Collins. It was too early for visiting hours, but they inquired of the head nurse and she assured them that both patients were doing finely.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: "Can We Cooperate" by Bob Brown; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": June 8, 1929, October 12, 1935, August 8, 1936