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Leon Caves

Birth: He was born around 1915 in Texas.  

Family Information: Son of Lester and Ada Caves.

Brother of Esta Caves.

Nephew of Inez Yost, Crockett and Mabel Campbell.

Great-nephew of Cleve Campbell.


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 and 1930 he was living in Sanger, Texas with his parents.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1934 Harry Layer was in charge of the machine shop, assisted by John H. Ribbing, Fred Richter, Leon Caves and Milton Maki. At that time the shop was well-equipped with "a large lathe, air compressor, power hack saw, drill press, planer, grinding wheels, tools and all equipment... [though] the machine shop's present need [wa]s a milling machine so that gears could be made." It had done "such important work as re-conditioning engines, cranes, sawmill equipment, Diesel engine parts, laundry dryer, and so on, in almost endless number."  

Other Info: He played first base during a game in August 1931 at Alco -- the "Llano Nine" for that game consisted of Red Richey at pitcher, Dub Killian at catcher, Leon Caves at first base, Carl Van Buskirk at second, Bill Beavers at third, "Tip" Allred at shortstop, Doc Reynolds at left field, Milton Maki at center field and Clarence Shutt in right field. The boys declared it was a rotten game.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died August 9, 1936 in Rosenberg, Texas after having fallen out of a derrick in the oil fields near Houston.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": August 15, 1931, April 7, 1934, August 15, 1936, "Denton Record Chronicle": August 21, 1936; Texas Death Certificates  


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