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Kenneth Thurman

Birth: He was born around 1911 in Texas.  

Family Information: Son of William Thurman.

Brother of Vinita Thurman.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a boarder with the Bert Busick family.  

Job in Colony: In June 1928 Daugherty and Waters, the regular farmers, were joined by Kenneth Thurman and Jack Barron to help out with the rough spots in the gardens.

In 1930 he was listed as an orchardist in the colony.

In January 1936 Cy Horney, Kenneth Thurman, Andy Madigan, Hans Holmegren and Joe Billick cleaned the flue of the hotel heater; afterwards supper was eaten comfortably without the diners being fairly smoked out.  

Other Info: In April 1928 Miss Wilson was teaching piano classes to several boys and girls in the colony. The members of the Boys' Harmonica Club had had six weeks of classes and included Carl Besse, Roslyn Armacost, Robert Roe, Charles Wichmann, Kenneth Thurman, Isom Shoemaker, Roy Swenson, Fred and Roscoe Busick.

Preparing for the May Day's entertainment in 1928 Anna Besse was presiding at the piano, accompanied by Peter Borg on the violin while Comrade Condon was practicing his song. Other performers were Kenneth Thurman and Comrade Tefteller. Also the orchestra under Bob Snyder, Mrs. Hewitt and Mrs. Busick.

At a theater program in May 1928 Kenneth Thurman sang a song accompanied by Dixon on the piano. Comrade Bergold lectured on "The Basis of Plant Life." Two songs by Dixon in Irish dialect closed a most enjoyable evening's entertainment.

In June 1928 one of the entertainments at the theater included music by the orchestra; two sailor songs by Dixon with orchestra accompaniment; a song by Kenneth Thurman, followed by a trumpet and piano duett by Raymond de Fausell and Max Beavers; and in conclusion Comrade Louis Bergold delivered an eloquent and laudatory address upon the methods and achievements of Luther Burbank, with whom he had worked for a number of years.

He returned to the colony with DeForest Sanford in 1935 after leaving just a couple of weeks prior to take a job which hadn't panned out.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": April 14, 1928, May 12, 1928, May 26, 1928, June 9, 1928, November 9, 1935, January 11, 1936  


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