Museum the New Llano Colony



Clinton "Ross" Brannon

Birth: Born around 1882 in Iowa.  

Description: On his WWI Draft Registration dated Sept. 12, ?? he was living in Fremont, Colorado where he worked as a farm laborer, though he was unemployed at the time. He was described as being of medium height and build, with gray eyes and brown hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 and 1905 he was living with his parents and siblings in Kansas. In 1910 he still lived in Kansas with his parents and brother while he worked as a boilermaker for the railroad.

In 1915 he and his parents remained in Kansas, but by 1920 they had moved to Colorado where Charles worked as a farmer and Ross as a farm laborer.  

Family Information: Son of Charles and Sarah Brannon; brother of Dick Brannon.  

Job in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a carpenter in the colony.

In January 1933 he was reported as being "on the go always with his team on the lookout for wood he may salvage and haul to the cut-off for stove wood." In March he was hauling ashes and soil to the hot beds.

In 1937 one colonist noted that when he first came to the colony he had seen Ross Brannon driving a team around, but then Brannon went to Gila when arrangements were made to purchase that property; after the deal fell through, Brannon returned to the colony and picked up right where he'd left off, driving a team around the colony.  

Home in Colony: Living with his parents in a colony home in 1930.  

Other Info: In 1932 he signed a protest against colonists E.G. Webb and Walter Groth remaining in the colony "to save them".

In 1933 Ida Ann Bartlett began a series of "musical treats" for the elderly shut-ins of the colony featuring music from her Victrola. The first afternoon she visited the home of the Brannons. In the party were: Ross Brannon, Mrs. Banta, Mrs. Collins, Mother Pickett, Mrs. Lucas, Mrs. Condon and Mr. Bartlett.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) with his mother and working as a teamster doing local hauling and plowing.  

Death: He died in 1941 and was buried in the O'Banion Cemetery at New Llano, Louisiana.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; Kansas State Census: 1905, 1915; WWI US Draft Registration Card; "Llano Colonist": August 6, 1932, January 7, 1933, March 11, 1933, May 20, 1933, May 29, 1937; FindAGrave.com