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Harry Bell, Sr. Also, sometimes referred to as "Henry".

Birth: He was born in 1851 at Hungerford, England.  

Family Information:

Father of Harry Bell, Jr..

He married Ida (Pickett Fuller West) Bell in 1922 and she joined him and his family in the colony.


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:

The couple lived in one of the "portable houses" which had shingled exterior siding and were built small enough to be moved as needed.

Job in Colony: He worked in the colony store.

In March 1922 he had a bad foot that prevented him from working -- he was propped up in bed, reading. In July 1922 he was "waiting store" again after a brief absence.

In July 1922 he showed up at the hog ranch with dangerous weapons -- the reporter expected "the savory smell of roast pork w[ould] probably wake the late sleepers at the hotel Sunday."  

Other Info:

Post-Colony History: Sometime before Harry's death in 1932, he and Ida had moved to Angola, Indiana.  

Death: He died in 1932 and was buried in Angola, Indiana. At the time of his death he was a grocery merchant there.  

Sources: Photo Archives; "Llano Colonist": March 25, 1922, May 20, 1922, July 15, 1922; Vernon Parish, Louisiana Marriage Certificate: May 29, 1922; "Albert Lea Evening Tribune": January 29, 1937; Indiana Death Certificate  

Bell family, Labor Day 1929
Photo is Labeled: (Standing L to R) Harry Bell, Jr., Alma Wilson Bell, Kitty Bell, Bert Bell; (Front L to R) Harry Bell, Sr., Mrs. Ida Bell - was Ida Pickett Fulton West; Labor Day 1929.

Daddy (Harry Sr.)Bell - Grandmother (Ida) Bell
Photo is labeled "Daddy (Harry Sr.)Bell - Grandmother (Ida) Bell" (photo shows their home with the sawmill in the background).

(Top) Ida and Harry Bell; (Bottom) Gertrude and Frank Newman
(Top) Ida (West) and Harry Bell; (Bottom) Gertrude (West) and Frank Newman.

Clipping from the Llano Colonist dated May 20, 1922.
Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated May 20, 1922.

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