Museum the New Llano Colony



Robert Roe

Birth: He was born around 1917 in Nebraska.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History:  

Family Information: Son of Ben Roe and Florence (Roe) Hamel.

Brother of Warren, Walter, Frances and Lucille Roe.

His father later married Mary Halahan and he became step-brother of Joe Blackshear.

His mother later married Alfred Hamel and he became step-brother of Margaret Hamel.  

Job in Colony: 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 Ben Roe ploughing and planting Irish potatoes, and Shipman hauling and spreading fertilizer. Robert 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.

In November 1928 Carl Besse, Chris Jensen, Ward Shoemaker and Robert Roe were on the job in the garden, using wheel hoes among the growing plants.

In September 1931 he 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, Ogden, Fred Busick, Waters and "Dad" Stevens.

In February 1934 he was a member of the Sunday Volunteer Gang including: Bill Heath, Charles Brown, Rob Roe, Walter Gaulke, Dad Thomas, Ernest Prodon, Bert Busick, Roscoe Busick, Gossett, Jack Carnahan, Ed Hiatt John Calgarry, Tom Cunningham, Phillips, Real Baril, Nick Lentz, Ed Mansfield, Septer Baldwin, F.W. Fay and F.S. Hammond. They spent the day cutting some eight hundred feet of cypress lumber into two-inch planks, twenty inches wide and as clear as a hound's tooth to be used for shingles. 

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In April 1928 Miss Wilson was teaching piano classes to several boys and girls in the colony. The members of the Boys' Harmonica Club had had six weeks of classes and included Carl Besse, Roslyn Armacost, Robert Roe, Charles Wichmann, Kenneth Thurman, Isom Shoemaker, Roy Swenson, Fred and Roscoe Busick.

In June 1929 the parish superintendent presented diplomas to the graduates of grade school including: Allie Belle Hewitt, Lois Brattland, June Enfield, Ruth Kingsbury, Paul Ashlock, Caleb Ashlock, John Armacost, Jesse Armacost, Roslyn Armacost, Elmer Jensen, Roy Swenson, Royal Thompson, Fred Busick, Robert Roe, Cletus Killian and Pauline Eggleston.

In 1932 he played the cornet in the newly organized Junior Orchestra which was being organized and taught by Fred Hamel.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": April 14, 1928, September 22, 1928, November 17, 1928, June 8, 1929, September 5, 1931, December 10, 1932, Febraury 3, 1934; US Census: 1930