Museum the New Llano Colony

Denver Cryer 

Birth: Born in 1901 in Louisiana.  

Family Information: Son of Dan and Leah Cryer.

Brother of Docia, Dover, Dora and Dawson Cryer.  

Description: Based on his WWII Draft Registration Card dated February 15, 1942, he was 5'10" and weighed 160 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 and 1920 he was living on a farm with his parents and siblings.

In March 1922, when Dan decided he couldn't "stand the competition any longer" he brought his family to live in the colony.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: The Cryer family were farmers and in 1922 when they first came to the colony it was expected that Dan and his sons would soon take up some useful line of work. A week later Denver was cutting wood in the timber. In April he was plowing cane stubble where "the young plants were coming through the ground in fine shape."

Also that year, he and his father were among several colonists who volunteered to take up the study of planning and the operation of fruit growing for the colony. Dan spoke of his experience in this section of country with various standard fruits and berries. It was thought his knowledge would prove of considerable value to the membership. 

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was living in Port Arthur, Texas with his wife, Myra, and working as a dockhand on the railroad docks.

In 1940 he was living in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana with his wife, Myra, and their two children and working as a section laborer for the railroad. In 1942 he was the assistant section foreman for KCS.  

Death: He died in 1985 and was buried in DeRidder, Louisiana.  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": March 18, 1922, March 25, 1922, April 15, 1922, April 22, 1922; WWII Draft Cards;  


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