Museum the New Llano Colony

Lowell "Harlan" Bridwell

Birth: He was born in 1917 in Arkansas.  

Family Information: Son of Louis and Elizabeth Bridwell.

Brother of Kathleen, Dario and Dorothy Bridwell.  


Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony with his family from Forestburg, Texas in 1928.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: He often helped out at the "Vernon Parish Democrat" and in March 1929 it was noted that he, his father and sister were part of the print shop crew who had helped the "Democrat" make good during the prior three quarters.

In 1929 he and Vivian Busick worked in the print shop, folding and wrapping papers and booklets and melting linotype metal and moulding it as is the custom in all shops where a linotype is used.

Also in 1929, he and Isom Shoemaker, both in sixth grade, made rakes from pieces of wood with spike nails for the teeth.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living in Texas with his parents and two younger siblings and publishing his own newspaper.

In October of that year he volunteered for the US Army and served his first three years as a military policeman; he was also a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from the army in 1945.

When his father died in 1951 he was named in his obituary as a survivor living in Forestburg, Texas and editor of the "Forestburger."  

Death: He died in 2015 in Texas. He was very accomplished throughout his life -- his obituary can be seen here.  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": April 27, 1929, May 25, 1929 ; "Vernon Parish Democrat": March 28, 1929; US Census: 1940;  


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