Museum the New Llano Colony

Ben C. Roe

Birth: He was born around 1892 in Nebraska.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living in Nebraska with his parents and siblings. In 1910 he, his mother and younger siblings were living with his sister and her husband in Nebraska.

In 1920 he was living in Nebraska with his first wife, Florence, their two oldest children and his brother-in-law, James Siegrest age 22, while he worked as a farmer.  

Family Information: First married to Florence Roe.

Father of Robert, Warren, Walter, Frances and Lucille Roe.

Sometime prior to 1930, he married Mary (Halahan) Roe and became step-father of Joe Blackshear.  

Job in Colony: Over the years he worked in the vegetable gardens; even serving as foreman of the garden department and the vegetable dry kiln.

In September 1928 the work in the Rice Ranch vegetable gardens and orchards proceeded with Harold Kemp operating the tractor and 28 disc harrow, Leonard and Roe ploughing and planting Irish potatoes, and Shipman hauling and spreading fertilizer. Robert Roe and Roy Swenson helped out where they could. Condon took a trip to Newllano, leaving Mrs. Swenson to perform her household duties without an assistant.

On the 1930 census he is listed as the farm manager for the colony.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In May 1928 two visiting musicians -- W.L. Ferris and O.L. Owens of Leesville -- collaborated with the colony orchestra which consisted of: Robert Snyder, leader; George T. Pickett, Roedemeister, Ben Roe, Raymond Faussel, Joseph Gaddis, Louise Gaddis, Billy DeBoer, C.C. Mickey, Peter Borg, Max Beavers, Warren Fread, Guy Rogers, Florence Roe and Anna Besse, pianiste.

In June 1929 he was one of four college graduates in the colony including O.E. Enfield, John McSlarrow, E.G. Bennett and Ben Roe.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": October 29, 1927, May 19, 1928, May 26, 1928, September 22, 1928, June 8, 1929, November 25, 1933; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 7, 1929