Museum the New Llano Colony

Kenneth Dean

Birth: He was born around 1921 in Kansas.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Son of Bill Dean.  

Job in Colony: In July 1931 the "Busy Beavers" consisting of Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Jeannette Wooley, Jane Lentz, Wanda Self, Iris Busick, Norman Bays, Phillip Lentz, Kenneth Dean, Archie Ogden, Ernest Ogden, Byron Busick, Jimmie Dix, George Maki and Lyle Layer, under the leadership of Mrs. Killian, gathered Himalayan berries at the orchard in the morning and in the afternoon picked blackberries out of the woods.

In June 1934 Agnes Hardy washed dishes for all three meals at the hotel dining room, while May Gosset dried at dinner and supper, ably assisted by Kenneth, Sylvester Watson and Loleta Murray.

In August 1935, was part of a crew of boys putting together the crates and running the nailer as they worked to fill an order at the crate factory.  

Home in Colony: In 1935 he and his father were living in the Newllano Colony.  

Other Info: In July 1934 Lloyd Potter took ten boys including Kenneth, Sylvester Watson, Byron Busick, Billy Busick, Phillip Lentz, Joe Lentz, Jimmy Dix, Quentin Quipp, Eugene Hewitt and Clarence Fread on a camping trip to Hadden's Ferry on the Sabine River. They swam for a while; borrowed the ferryman's rowboat and plowed up the river; ate fried potatoes and eggs, bread and jelly, and a fine icing cake. Come evening they set out trout lines and picked moss from the trees to make a bed. They played through the night, getting very little, if any, sleep.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he and his father were living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) while Kenneth worked as a laborer for a CCC Reforestation crew.  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": July 11, 1931, June 30, 1934, July 7, 1934, August 24, 1935; US Census: 1940