Museum the New Llano Colony

James Maxwell

Birth: Born around 1867 in Ohio.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information:  

Job in Colony: In 1928 he and Professor Thomas were installing the new machine shop. In 1929 he was the foreman of that department.

In 1929 he doctored up the giant rotary pump at the Rice Ranch which then "spouted such a tremendous mouthful of water that the banks of the irrigation canal would have overflowed had not Leonard, Shipman, Brannon and others banked them up and compelled the flow to run where [they] want[ed] it to run."

Also that year Newman and Ole were "assembling a new "sander". This was a machine on which all kinds of wood surfaces [could] be sandpapered and finished, obviating the slow and laborious hand work. A belt of sandpaper [did] the trick, as it revolved over "idlers", two at the lower and two at the upper corners of the framework. No idler, Comrade Hoag made [those] idlers. In fact, the whole machine [had] an interesting pedigree, being a concrete demonstration of co-operative creation. The plan [was] by Hank Stevens. Comrade Eldred brought the framework into being. Jimmy Maxwell concocted the metal parts by frisking an old Ford. Hoag tuned in on the idlers, as aforesaid. Somebody made the sanding belt. And lo! Ole and Newman assembled the creations of all those co-operators into a machine capable of doing the work of a score of men. [They] simply needed the machine and forthwith got busy and made it." 

Home in Colony: The 1930 US Census lists him as a lodger in the Edward Hardy home.  

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Sources: "Vernon Parish Democrat": July 21, 1928, February 7, 1929, May 18, 1929; "Llano Colonist": March 23, 1929; US Census: 1930