Museum the New Llano Colony



LeRoy "Roy" P. Parsons

Birth: Born in 1897 in California.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living in California with his parents and three brothers. In 1910 he was still in California with his parents and one brother.

Came to the colony in November 1932 and was introduced by his dad as his youngest son, a fine, upstanding fellow, who had arrived some ten days previous from Kalamazoo. In answer to the query, "What's doing up there?" he replied, "Dead as a door-nail."  

Family Information: Youngest son of Fred Parsons.  

Job in Colony: Soon after arriving in November 1932 he was doing some plain and fancy shaping on the shaper in the wood shop. He was an experienced cook, but was hesitant to tell anyone.

In December 1933 Claude Long, Leo Roscoe, Cecil Thompson and Fred Busick began tearing down the rig at No. 2; the lumber would be salvaged and put to use again as good as new. Roy went along in his usual capacity -- that of first-class cook.

In February 1936, working on oil well No. 3. In August of that year, he and Jack Murray were busy removing an old washing machine from the laundry (for repairs) and installing a practically new, but smaller one. 

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In August 1936 he, Doc Williams and Charley Derleth made a hasty run to Shreveport searching for a much-needed "dado" or groove cutting machine to be used, but none could be found. While there, they stopped to inquire after two colonists who'd been some time in the Shreveport hospital -- E.A. Bennett and George Collins. It was too early for visiting hours, but they inquired of the head nurse and she assured them that both patients were doing finely. 

Post-Colony History:  

Death: Died in 1980 in Texas of advanced emphysema, pneumonia and respiratory failure.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910; "Llano Colonist": December 3, 1932, December 9, 1933, February 29, 1936, August 8, 1936; Texas Death Certificates  

Photo: 1936 -- LeRoy Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Parsons, and Jimmy Dix.