Museum the New Llano Colony

Florence (Roe) Hamel

Birth: Born around 1895 in Nebraska.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: First married to Ben Roe.

Mother of Robert, Warren, Walter, Frances and Lucille Roe.

Later married Alfred H. "Fred" Hamel -- sometime prior to 1930 and became step-mother of Margaret Hamel.  

Job in Colony: In 1932 she was working in the candy kitchen while Madeline (Bradshaw) Van Buskirk and Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty were making pecan candy.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In May 1928 two visiting musicians -- W.L. Ferris and O.L. Owens of Leesville -- collaborated with the colony orchestra which consisted of: Robert Snyder, leader; George T. Pickett, Roedemeister, Ben Roe, Raymond Faussel, Joseph Gaddis, Louise Gaddis, Billy DeBoer, C.C. Mickey, Peter Borg, Max Beavers, Warren Fread, Guy Rogers, Florence Roe and Anna Besse, pianiste.

Visited her parents in 1930, but was thinking of Llano and expected to return before a great while.  

Post-Colony History: In 1934 Bernie Stevens wrote a column for the Colonist titled "Ozark Colony News". He had first visited the new site in October 1933 and was impressed with it's possibilities. Fred and Florence joined him at that location in February, 1934, along with four of the Roe children and definite organization plans were agreed upon and adopted.

The colony there was similar to Newllano, but it was decided that on the first of December every year, they would divide all available colony money, excepting necessary running expenses for the following year, between themselves. The work there was mostly agricultural after his arrival, though the sawmill had provided lumber and cash.

The Hamel family remained at the site at least through 1934, with both Florence and Fred sometimes writing a column about the Ozark colony for the "Llano Colonist" at times.  


Sources: Llano Colonist: May 19, 1928, August 2, 1930, February 27, 1932, April 14, 1934; US Census: 1930