Museum the New Llano Colony



Archibald Yell "A.Y." Ogden

Birth: He was born in 1879 in Arkansas.  

Description: On his draft registration card dated April 27, 1942 he was listed as 5'10" tall, weight 157 pounds; he had gray eyes, brown hair, a ruddy complexion and wore glasses.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living in Arkansas with his second wife Elsie and six of his children while working as a farmer. In 1930 the family was living in Oklahoma with three of the children listed in 1920, plus four additional ones. At that time he was working as a carpenter in a carpenter shop.  

Family Information: Married to Elsie Ogden.

Father of Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty, Raymond, Archie, Ernest, William, and Opal Ogden (plus more who never lived in the colony).  

Job in Colony: In September 1931 was working on the farm -- at that point taking care of the late cow peas -- along with Quipp, Bartram, Grover, Jernberg, McClurg, Harry Morgan, Luther Mackentyre, Robert Roe, Fred Busick, Waters and "Dad" Stevens. In October he was one of a group of volunteers who went out to strip, cut and haul in sorghum cane, run the cane mill all day and place the bagasse in the silo for cow feed during the winter. In October he and Glen Burns made a trip to Kurthwood to remove the windows from a building which the colony had purchased.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In March 1930 he was listed in the "New Subscribers and Renewals" section of the "Llano Colonist".

In 1931 M.H. Atworth reported on a "Children's Reception" attended by Raymond, Archie and Bill Ogden. At the meeting, their father, Archibald, spoke about the matter of discipline and responsibilities of teachers and parents. Mrs. Atworth was of the opinion that parents who refused to cooperate should be asked to leave, along with their progeny, "to battle with conditions out in the wide, wide world and [she] knew the colony would be better off."  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living in New Mexico with his son, Vernon, along with  his family -- and listed as "divorced".  

Death: He died in 1955 and was buried in Arkansas.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": March 15, 1930, March 29, 1930, July 25, 1931, September 5, 1931, October 3, 1931, November 21, 1931; World War II Draft Registration Card; FindAGrave.com