Museum the New Llano Colony

Robert Franklin Peecher

Birth: He was born in 1923 at Illinois.  

Family Information: Son of Chester R. and Florine Peecher.

Brother of Frances, Roy, Carl and Lyndle Peecher.

Grand-son of Frank Peecher.

Nephew of Vera Peecher and cousin of her children, Richard and Dortha Peecher.


Pre-Colony History: The family came to live in the colony in 1930.

Home in Colony: In 1930 the family was living in the Newllano Colony -- Chester's father, Frank: his sister, Vera; and her children were living with them there.

Job in Colony: In November 1933 he was among a group of boys including Ray Campbell, Carl Mahler, Ray Long, Gene Hewitt, Bill Busick and Sylvester Watson who were stacking the veneer sheets as they were shaved off the log.

In August 1935, he was part of a crew of boys putting together the crates and running the nailer as they worked to fill an order at the crate factory.  

Other Info: In 1931, while he was in second grade, he was part of the cast of "Fisherman's Luck" at the colony theater.

In 1933, in the high jump competition, he jumped 2'-11", the highest in his group. Also, the second and third grades (which included both Frances and Robert Peecher) gave a presentation of selections from Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses" -- Robert reciting "At the Seaside" and Frances reciting "Bed in Summer".

In August 1933, Robert was home with a sore foot after cutting it on barbed wire.

In 1934, was part of the Easter program, along with the entire student body, and the "Halloween Play" along with Ruth Wooley, Jane Lentz, Byron Busick and Frances Peecher.

In June 1934, a group of 2nd-4th grade children were taken to the Sabine River for a picnic by their teacher, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter in his Pontiac, into which the group of eleven all managed to fit. At the river, they went fishing and Lloyd rowed them across the river so each could get a handful of Texas soil to take back to Louisiana with them. They mixed the dirt with Louisiana soil for co-operation and brotherhood. They watched when a car honked its horn for the ferryman at Burr's Ferry and was taken across to Texas. For supper, they built a fire and had biscuits and eggs with strawberry jam. The group included: Dorothy Loutrel, Frances Peecher, Charlotte Hewitt, Ione Quipp, Lenin Tabb, Robert, Noel Lentz, Ernest Joynes, William Yost, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter.

In 1935 he was a student in Mrs. Lentz's (south) school building, along with sister, Frances and brother, Roy Peecher and others.

In 1936 he was a part of the "Night Before Christmas" program presented at the Llano theater under the direction of Mrs. Lentz.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 the family was still living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony).

In 1988, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2010 he was living in Nederland, Texas.

Death: He died in 2015 at Nederland, Texas and was buried in Oak Bluff Memorial Park at Port Neches, Texas.  

Sources: US Census: 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": September 13, 1931, February 11, 1933, April 15, 1933, August 12, 1933, November 25, 1933, April 14, 1934, June 2, 1934, November 17, 1934, August 24, 1935, December 14, 1935, December 26, 1936; "Leesville Daily Leader": March 23, 1988, August 20, 1995, July 23, 1996, February 28, 1997, July 25, 2010;  


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