Museum the New Llano Colony



Ted (Teddy) Palmer

Birth: Born around 1916 in Wisconsin.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: First came to the colony in October 1929 with his parents and siblings and there were a lot of them -- possibly 10-11 in the group. They arrived in a covered truck which might be called a house, that Comrade Palmer had built for himself.

In 1932, the Palmer family is reported to have returned to the colony after having left almost two years before -- this time the group included the parents and six children. They came from Minnesota.  

Family Information: Son of Curtis and Mary Palmer.

Brother of Maxine, Alford, Jesse, Marie, Lue and baby Lile Palmer.  

Job in Colony: Worked at various farm work. Within days of his arrival was picking peas (which the colony diarist guessed he might find odd for that time of year) and driving the big team of white mules at the farm.

In January 1930 was helping Comrade Hiatt at the blacksmith shop; later was clearing and salvaging materials as he worked to clean up the colony grounds. 

Home in Colony: In May 1930 the family moved to one of the poultry farms.  

Other Info: In March 1930 he, along with Joe Blacksheer and Sonny saw a smoke wreath in the mule pasture during their recess and they acted quickly to put out the fire.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": November 2, 1929, January 11, 1930, January 18, 1930, March 1, 1930, March 22, 1930, April 19, 1930, May 3, 1930, November 12, 1932; US Census: 1930