Museum the New Llano Colony

DeForest Sanford


Family Information: Father of Marvin Sanford.


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: He was manager of the Llano Printshop and editor of the "Industrial Democrat" until January 1934 when he left the colony to run the print shop at Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas. By April he had returned to the colony and was again editor of the "Democrat."

In July 1934 the regular crew at the print shop included: Lloyd Potter, Harold and Mary Emery, Ben Low, Roy MacDonald, Anna Loutrel, George Leevey, Afton Lewis, Howard Stansbury, Mr. Ranft and Irene Hewitt.

Esther Allen, Mrs. Weatherwax and Bertha Richter helped out on the "Colonist" and "Democrat" days, plus both DeForest and Marvin Sanford could be seen there a good share of the time.

In February 1935 Walter Robison became the print shop manager when Comrade Sanford left to "take a rest."  

Other Info: In March 1933 he attended a good-bye party for the Sanford family, along with Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Banta, Mrs. June Black, Sybil Black, Mr. and Mrs. DuProz, Mr. and Mrs. Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Brannon, Mr. and Mrs. B. Stevens, Cyrus Horney, Lou Colt, and the Messrs. Githens, D. Sanford, Beanfellow, and Starkweather.

In May 1933 he celebrated Marvin Sanford's birthday, along with Smith Sanford, Anita Brannon, Florence Anderson, Mrs. Ivy Hoag, Mr. and Mrs. DuProz, and Bernie and Leona Stevens.

In April 1934 a lovely gathering was held at the home of Frank Brough, another New Englander, to "God-speed" the Fay family to Norfolk, Connecticut where they hoped to arrange their affairs over the next few months and return to the colony in the fall.

Attendees enjoyed music, games and a wonderful lunch. They included: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Archer, Drs. Robert K. and Cecil C. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. George Matz, Mrs. Maki, Smith Sanford, DeForest Sanford, George Leevey, Wm. Bingham, Dennis Stanley, Forest R. Waters, Mary Emery and the Brough family, consisting of Margaret, William and Frank.

He returned to the colony in November, 1935 from the Commonwealth College. With him came Kenneth Thurman who had left a couple of weeks prior to take a job which hadn't panned out.  

Post-Colony History: In 1949 he was in charge of art and photography for "The Searchlight (A Journal of Fundamental Democracy)" in San Francisco, California.  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": March 4, 1933, May 6, 1933, April 21, 1934, July 7, 1934, September 8, 1934, February 16, 1935, November 2, 1935, November 9, 1935; "The Searchlight": September/October 1949  


DeForest Sanford

Drawing of Dad Sanford from the "Llano Colonist" dated November 2, 1935.

Clipping from "The Searchlight" dated September / October 1949. Other former colonists listed are Marvin Sanford, C.C. Mickey and O.M. Thomason.

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