Museum the New Llano Colony



Phillip Lentz

Birth: Born around 1921 in Wisconsin. In August 1933 he celebrated his thirteenth birthday inside the colony.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

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

Brother of Jane, Joseph, Noel and Martha Lentz.  

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.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In July 1934 Lloyd Potter took ten boys including Phillip and Joe Lentz, Sylvester Watson, Byron Busick, Billy Busick, Jimmy Dix, Quentin Quipp, Kenneth Dean, 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 the Lentz family was living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) while Phillip worked as a laborer at a CCC camp.  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": July 11, 1931, August 12, 1933, July 7, 1934; US Census: 1940