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Joseph "Joe" Nesnow

Birth: He was born around 1932 in Louisiana -- most likely at the colony.  

Family Information: Son of Ruby (Synoground) and Harry Nesnow.

Brother of Maurice and David Nesnow.


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: The Nesnow family lived along what is today known as Third St. in New Llano on the end near the city park. Their home was said to have been "nicely completed and looking very cosy, inside and out."  

Job in Colony: Attended pre-school at the Kid Kolony. 

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1934 Noel Lentz reported in the "Junior Co-operator" that Joe and Maurice had gone to live at Premont, Texas.

In 1940 he was living with his parents and brothers in New York.

He got into acting while he was in the Navy, at the beginning of the Korean War, when an all Navy musical show was being planned. He heard that anyone involved in the show would be excused from KP duty and he thought, "that's for me!"

At some point he married and in 1966 he and his wife started a theater in Adak, Alaska which was still operating in 1990. Over the years he's had parts in a number of movies and television shows.


Sources: Photo Archives; Martha Palmer Notes; "Llano Colonist": August 1, 1931, April 30, 1932, January 6, 1934; US Census: 1940; "Leesville Daily Leader": April 29, 1990, May 6, 1990, May 3, 1994  


Kindergarten Picnic, East of Pickett Home -- (L to R) Back: Ruby Nesnow, Bertie Mitchel, G.T. Pickett, Walt Fread, a visitor, Theo Cuno, Alice Pickett, Myrtle Kemp; Middle: Martha Lentz, Roy Peecher, Blair Pickett, Violet Quipp, Ruth Loutrel, Joan Wooley, Maurice Nesnow, Martha Mahler, Betty Perkins, Warren Fread; Sitting in Front: Carl Peecher, Carolyn Bradshaw, Joy Quipp, Jack De Fausell, Joe Nesnow, Esther Mahler, George Ogden.

Joe Nesnow around 1990.

Clipping from the "Leesville Daily Leader" dated May 6, 1990. The clipping refers to his one-man performance of "Clarence Darrow" by David Rintels. The show, based on the life of the famous American lawyer and author, played at Fort Polk's NCO Club on May 1-2, 1990. Expand Image

Clipping from the “Leesville Daily Leader” dated May 3, 1994. Mrs. Ruby Nesnow with her sons, Joe (L) and David (R) with her wedding photo.

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