Museum the New Llano Colony

Mary Palmer

Birth: She was born around 1891 in Kansas.  

Family Information: Wife of Curtis Palmer.

Mother of Ted, Maxine, Alford, Jesse, Marie, Lue and baby Lile Palmer.  


Pre-Colony History: She first came to the colony in October 1929 with her husband and their children and there were a lot of them -- possibly 10-11 in the group. They arrived in a covered truck which might be called a house, that Comrade Palmer had built for himself.

In 1932, the Palmer family is reported to have returned to the colony after having left almost two years before -- this time the group included the parents and six children. They came from Minnesota.  

Home in Colony: In May 1930 the family moved to one of the poultry farms.  

Job in Colony: In November 1929 she was helping in the cannery, along with Mrs. Killian and Runa Baldwin; they were up to their elbows in preparation for canning huge quarters of cow and goat meat for colony neighbors.

After May 1930, she and her children looked after the chickens and the garden at the poultry department.   

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Sources: "Llano Colonist": November 2, 1929, November 16, 1929, April 19, 1930, May 3, 1930, November 12, 1932; US Census: 1930


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