Museum the New Llano Colony



Roy Vincent Swenson

Birth: He was born around 1916 in Minnesota.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living in Minnesota with his parents and siblings. At some point before his younger brother was born in 1923, the family moved to Newllano.  

Family Information: Son of Carl and Emily Swenson.

Brother of Clyde, Chester, James, Earl, Florence, and Eugene Swenson.  

Job in Colony: In April 1928 Ben Roe had many boys and girls interested in the garden work -- four of the boys, about twelve years of age, were quite competent workers -- Karl Besse, Jesse Armacost, Roy Swenson and Fred Busick. Those fellows were taking on responsibility and doing excellent work, along with smaller boys and girls who helped out with lighter work.

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 Roe and Roy helped out where they could. Condon took a trip to Newllano, leaving Mrs. Swenson to perform her household duties without an assistant. 

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was living in the colony with his mother, several of his brothers, and several colonists who boarded with the family.  

Other Info: He was often took part in the programs at the theater.

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.  

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Death:  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": April 7, 1928, April 14, 1928, September 22, 1928, June 8, 1929; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; US Census: 1920, 1930