Museum the New Llano Colony

Edwin J. "Ed" Hiatt (or Edward on 1 source?)

Birth: Born around 1873 in Iowa.  

Description: In 1934 he was described as being "horny-handed."  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information:  

Job in Colony: Gardener, he had charge of the orchard. In 1930 he was listed as the horticulturist for the colony. In 1934 he was out working "among the cumquats [sic]."

In February 1934 he was a member of the Sunday Volunteer Gang including: Bill Heath, Charles Brown, Rob Roe, Walter Gaulke, Dad Thomas, Ernest Prodon, Bert Busick, Roscoe Busick, Gossett, Jack Carnahan, Ed Hiatt, John Calgarry, Tom Cunningham, Phillips, Real Baril, Nick Lentz, Ed Mansfield, Septer Baldwin, F.W. Fay and F.S. Hammond. They spent the day cutting some eight hundred feet of cypress lumber into two-inch planks, twenty inches wide and as clear as a hound's tooth to be used for shingles.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a boarder with the Theodore Atworth family.  

Other Info: His experiment in 1930 with sugar beets looked promising - it was a small patch, but worthwhile to show what could be done with them. Later, that same year he was wiring the grapes in order to train them for future growth.

In 1932 he and Doug Bridger returned from Mena, Arkansas where they had seen Billy and Viola Gilbert and Mrs. Voorhees of "California memory".

As of April 1933, he had been busy all the time - planting trees and vines and making cuttings and root grafts for future nursery stock; they had transplanted 50 large pecan trees from the Lenahan place to the colony orchard, set out over 300 grape vines, 300 persimmon trees and 1,480 Young-berries. They had made 300 root grafts of choice Japanese persimmons, 2,000 grape cuttings, 1,000 plum cuttings, 1,200 pear cuttings, 500 apple cuttings and many more varieties and all are starting nicely.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": May 3, 1930, June 21, 1930, May 7, 1932, April 29, 1933, February 3, 1934, April 28, 1934; US Census: 1930