Museum the New Llano Colony

Walter Conlin Alternate spelling Conlon

Birth: Born in 1880 in Shelby County, Indiana.  

Family Information: Husband of Jennie Conlin.  

Description: His WWI Draft Registration dated September 12, 1918 describes him as being of medium height with a stout build and having gray eyes and light brown hair. His next of kin is Mrs. Jennie Conlin.

His WWII Draft Registration card dated April 25, 1942 describes him as being 5'5", weight 175 pounds with blue eyes, sandy hair and a ruddy complexion. His next of kin is Emily Colee (his sister) of Flatrock, Indiana.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he and another sister were living with an older sister, Emily Colee, and her husband and children in Noble, Indiana. Walter was working as a farm laborer at the time.

Walter and Jennie married in June 1908 and in 1910 they were living in Fresno, California while he worked as a motorman for a street railway. They were living in the colony at Stables, Louisiana in 1918.  

Home in Colony: In 1922 he and Jennie were getting settled in their new home where Minnie Pickett used to live.  

Job in Colony: In 1927 he was hauling cut logs out with big truck and trailer.  

Other Info: In 1922 they returned to the colony, along with Bill Gilbert from California where they'd been working in the cooperative movement for some time.

Post-Colony History: In 1930 Walter and Jennie were again living in California, now in San Bernardino where he worked as a poultryman.

In 1940 he was still living in San Bernardino, but Jennie had died and he lived with two employees and operated a chicken ranch.  

Death: He died in January 1946 in San Bernardino, California.  

Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1900, 1910, 1930, 1940; Indiana Marriages; WWI and WWII Draft Registration Cards; "Llano Colonist": May 27, 1922, October 29, 1927; California Death Index;  


Standing left - Walter Conlin; Sitting (L to R) Frank Newman holding daughter Norma, Gertrude (West) Newman and Earl Rowe.

Left standing - Walter Conlin; Sitting - Ginny Conlin, Frank Newman; Right standing - Earl Rowe; Front standing - Norma and doll (Big Lollie - she also had a small doll called Kinda Lollie).

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