Museum the New Llano Colony

Olga "Leona" (Hayes) Stevens

Birth: She was born in 1912 at North Dakota.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 she was living with her parents and sisters in North Dakota. In 1930 she was living with her father and sisters in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.  

Family Information: Daughter of Thea and Charley Hayes.

Sister of Helen (Hayes) Swenson and Erma Hayes.

Married Bernie Stevens in 1931, while living in the colony.  

Job in Colony: In April 1932 she and her husband moved to the Rice Ranch to become mangers there.

In 1933 she was working in the hotel kitchen, helping prepare meals.  

Home in Colony: By November 1932 she and her husband were living in the Sugar Bowl Unit in South Louisiana.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In December 1935 and 1936 she and Smith Sanford visited the colony (and her father, who at that time lived near the colony) for a few days. It was reported that she and Bernie had been living at the Commonwealth College (actually she was at the Ozark Colony) near Mena, Arkansas after they'd left the colony some three years or more prior to that. The couple were in charge of the guest house there and Bernie handled the electrical and mechanical repair and upkeep work.

The colony there was similar to Newllano, but it was decided that on the first of December every year, they would divided all available colony money, excepting necessary running expenses for the following year, between themselves. The Stevens family remained at the site at least through 1936.  

Death: She died in 1988. Her last residence was Oregon.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": April 16, 1932, November 12, 1932, February 25, 1933, June 24, 1933 (The Story of Llano), December 29, 1934, February 2, 1935, June 24, 1933, October 19, 1935, December 19,l935, December 26, 1936; US SSDI