Museum the New Llano Colony

Leroy "Roy" Graves

Birth: Born around 1892 in Oklahoma.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Husband of Mildred S. Graves; father of Mildred W. and Norma Graves.  

Job in Colony: Listed as a chauffer of the colony truck on the 1930 US Census.

In 1933 he was working at the Gila, New Mexico location. He and Clyde hauled a big load of hay into Silver City with the trailer truck. Also he, Harold and Chester shelled corn with the big corn sheller which was run by a gasoline engine. Two men were kept busy scooping corn into the sheller and they said they "sure shoved it through."  

Home in Colony: In 1930 was living in the colony proper at New Llano, LA.  

Other Info: In 1930 he was given a gift of a safety razor with 12 blades, "worth at least six dollars" by John Rix. He then felt obligated to shave and make himself more presentable.

In 1932, after the location at Magdalena had failed, Comrade Graves and Bill Beavers, along with their families, had remained near the location. They were among the first to learn about the property at Gila, New Mexico which the colony later made arrangements to purchase.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": December 10, 1932, January 7, 1933