Museum the New Llano Colony



Noel Lentz

Birth: Born around 1925 in Wisconsin.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Son of Nick Lentz and Olive Pearl Lentz.

Brother of Philip, Jane, Joseph and Martha Lentz.  

Job in Colony: In August 1935, he 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:  

Other Info: In 1931, while he was in second grade, was part of the cast of "Fisherman's Luck" at the colony theater.

In June 1934, a group of 2nd-4th grade children were taken to the Sabine River for a picnic by their teacher, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter in his Pontiac, into which the group of eleven all managed to fit. At the river, they went fishing and Lloyd rowed them across the river so each could get a handful of Texas soil to take back to Louisiana with them. They mixed the dirt with Louisiana soil for co-operation and brotherhood. They watched when a car honked its horn for the ferryman at Burr's Ferry and was taken across to Texas. For supper, they built a fire and had biscuits and eggs with strawberry jam. The group included: Dorothy Loutrel, Frances Peecher, Charlotte Hewitt, Ione Quipp, Lenin Tabb, Robert Peecher, Noel, Ernest Joynes, William Yost, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter.

Jumping boards - "teeters" - which were used while in a standing position, had been much in evidence in late 1935. Some of the boys and girls had acquired much skill in the use of them, and rose amazingly high into the air. Some thought it looked risky, although it was fine sport to watch -- and sure enough, Noel had an unlucky spill one morning which necessitated a hurried trip to Dr. Reid in Leesville, who pronounced the trouble a fractured bone at (or near) the elbow.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 the Lentz family was living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony).  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": September 19, 1931, April 15, 1933, June 2, 1934, August 24, 1935, November 23, 1935; US Census: 1940  

Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated April 15, 1933.