Museum the New Llano Colony

Royall Thompson (Alternate spelling Royal)

Birth: He was born around 1929 in Washington.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living with his mother and siblings in Spokane, Washington.  

Family Information: He was the son of Anna (Shutt Thompson Garrett) Shoemaker.

Brother of Zelma (Thompson) de Fausell and Myrole Thompson (who never lived in the colony).

His mother later married R.V. Shoemaker.  

Job in Colony: In 1931 the Rice Ranch mechanics included Blair Thomas, Royall Thompson, Adrian Risley, Sam Klette, John Rix, and John Swagger.

In October 1932 Clyde Mitchell was the foreman of the garage and they were swamped with not only colony work, but also "slathers" of outside jobs to attend to. His helpers were Royall, Harold Kemp and Blair Thomas.  

Home in Colony: In March 1933 a group departed for the new unit at Gila, New Mexico, along with RV Shoemaker and his wife, Ann; McCullough and his wife; Beanfellow, shoemaker; Dan Taran, blacksmith; Royal Thompson, Kenfield, Charley Desiderio, Frank Plaga, farmers; John Neill, poultryman; Ludwig Mahler, butcher; and Milton Maki, machinist; with Warren Mitchell and Lee Fread as chauffeurs. The chauffeurs would not stay, but return to the colony with the truck. That was "two fiddles, a guitar and a flute lost from the orchestra..."

In 1934 he again traveled to the Gila, New Mexico location, to join his step-father who was already there working.  

Other Info: 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.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": June 8, 1929, July 18, 1931, October 8, 1932, March 25, 1933, April 14, 1934