Museum the New Llano Colony



Mabel Brattland

Birth: Born in 1872 in Wisconsin.  

Description: She was an able elocutionist.  

Pre-Colony History: On the 1900 and 1910 US Census she was listed as living with her husband and son, Armond (who never lived in the colony). In 1920 the couple were still in Minnesota and living with Armond and a daughter, Lois.  

Family Information: Wife of M.A. Brattland; mother of Lois Brattland.  

Job in Colony: Mrs. Brattland was a teacher in the colony schools. In February 1929, Mr. U. Stanley, Parish Superintendent of Education and Mr. Morgan, President of the Parish Board of Education visited Llano schools. Following a song by the younger girls and an address by Mr. Stanley, Mrs. Brattland led her students in the Colony School song (written by local talent) after which she led them in some school "yells" that made the theatre ring. The story in the colonist continues, "Mrs. B. is small in size, but Oh!--My."  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In February 1929 she delighted the audience with two humorous readings as part of a program at the theater -- one entitled "Our New Planer" with a Norwegian dialect and the other called "The Bachelor's Dream".  

Post-Colony History: In 1929 the Brattlands returned to Minnesota after spending a winter at Llano. Mr. Brattland was a judge of the District Court there and had to get back to "the wheels of justice." The family did have plans to return in the fall and establish permanent residence in the colony, although this appears not to have happened. There is no further mention of them in the colony papers except for a trip in 1933 made by several colonists to Ada, Minnesota, which included a visit to the Brattland's home and the regular renewal of their subscription to the "Colonist".

In 1930 and 1940 the couple still lived in Minnesota with their daughter while their son and his family lived in the house next door.

In 1955 she was living near her daughter in Los Angeles, California.  

Death: She died in February 1958 in Minnesota and is buried there.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": January 12, 1929, February 16, 1929, April 27, 1929, July 22, 1933; Long Beach, California City Directory: 1955; FindAGrave.com