Museum the New Llano Colony

Warren Irwin

Birth: Born around 1915 in Rhode Island.  

Family Information: Son of Samuel and Edith Irwin.

Brother of Barbara, Lois and Jeane Irwin.


Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony in 1930 with his parents and siblings.  

Home in Colony: The Irwin family had one of the few new homes that was built within the colony. It had been completed during the winter of 1930 and was a large two and a half story structure which had many comfortable porches and sun rooms with the park in the background. In 1931 a similar house was being built for them at the site of the planned Christian Commonwealth Community and when the second one was completed, the Septer Baldwin family moved into this original home.

The Irwin family's second home (Christian Commonwealth Community) featured a lawn planted with various shrubs and flowers. The two-story house stood near the highway and had a front fence with brick pillars that looked as though no smart old bell-cow could get through. It had been built by colony carpenters and was modern, including conveniences like a tub and shower, hot and cold running water and of course, electric lights.

Other buildings stood nearby, including another house (housing eight people in 1932 with room for more), a cabin back in the woods, a barn and garage where cows, mules and pigs were kept, as well as an enclosure for chickens. Also in 1932, across the road from the main house, was being built a home for teachers and orphans in anticipation of a school which Dr. Irwin planned to open the following year. This one had the appearance of a log house, the sides being of split logs and with a beautiful fireplace.  

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Post-Colony History: In 1936 he left for college in Tennessee where he planned to finish his B.S. that year before entering LSU medical the following.

In 1940 he was living in Vernon Parish, Louisiana with his father and lodger Theodore Atworth


Sources: US Census: 1920, 1940; "Llano Colonist": August 1, 1931, October 15, 1932, September 12, 1936  


Dr. Irwin's home inside the Llano colony, later the Septer Baldwin house.

Photo taken in 2010 of the dormitory which was built at the Christian Commonwealth Community. The building was located on the west side of Hwy. 171 near present day Fort Polk Entrance Road.

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