Museum the New Llano Colony



Joe Blacksher

Birth: Born in 1916 in Ohio.  

Description: His US Army Enlistment papers dated October 30, 1940 described him as being 69" tall, weight 167 pounds.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 Joe, age 3, his brother age 5, and their uncle, Lewis Roberts age 15 were living as boarders with the Alice Watts family in Arkansas.  

Family Information: Son of Mary Roe; step-son of Ben Roe; step-brother of Robert, Warren, Walter, Frances and Lucille Roe.  

Job in Colony:  

Home in Colony: In 1930 was living in the colony with his mother and her new husband, Ben Roe. 

Other Info: Part of the program at the theater in 1929. In May 1931 Miss Daisy Brown trained some dozen children to take parts in a little playlet called "The Census Taker" including Joe as the father and Rachel Valleau as the mother; Blen Still played the census taker and the children were played by Jeanette Wooley, Ellen Jernberg, Iris Busick, Ernest Ogden, Bill Ogden, Andrew Parson, Liljean Corbett, Warren Roe, Leola Bays, Rozella and Quentin Quipp.

In 1932 played the mellophone horn in the newly organized Junior Orchestra which was being organized and taught by Fred Hamel. In March 1930 he, along with Ted Palmer and Sonny saw a smoke wreath in the mule pasture during their recess and they acted quickly to put out the fire.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 Joe was living at Mt. Airy Center in Green, Ohio where he worked as a dairy hand. Also in 1940 he enlisted as a private in the US Army Infantry for the Panama Canal Department.  

Death: He died in 1993 in Tennessee.  

Sources: "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": March 1, 1930, March 22, 1930, May 30, 1931, December 10, 1932; US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; USWWII Army Enlistment Records; US Department of Veterans Afairs BIRLS Death File