Museum the New Llano Colony

Thomas Banks


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Pre-Colony History: He had carried on all kinds of work during his long life and he'd always landed on his feet.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In September 1931 he was working at the crate factory.

In October 1931 he and Carl Bradshaw sawed logs up into blocks of proper length for the veneer machine. The next week he and Carnahan were busy on the notching machine at the crate factory.

In January 1932 he was part of a group including Joe Hough, Whitmer, Thurman, Goeke and George Williams laying floors in the big concrete building and getting it ready for occupancy.

Also that month he was part of a group including Leo Roscoe, Geo. Jensen and Clarence Long sawing heavy timbers to shore over a driveway to the filling station.  

Other Info: He often participated in theater entertainments -- in October 1931 an old-time musical melange was gotten up by Bill Killian, who played alto on his fiddle while Comrade Banks, who was an "old-time showman", played the first fiddle, Les Caves strummed the guitar and Claud Long picked the mandolin. Their snappy numbers were much enjoyed, and a repeat number had to be given.

In December 1931 he, "an old showman", enriched the colony by donating 21 reels of film for the theater which were scenics, Bill Hart two-gun dramas, pictorials, etc.

In January 1932 he was at the shoe shop, putting a pair of soles on his own shoes, while Davidson was doing some work for a "negro boy customer."  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in his sleep at the colony sometime around November 1933 when Bob Brown arrived in the colony.  

Sources: "Llano Colonist": September 19, 1931, October 3, 1931, October 10, 1931, December 19, 1931, January 9, 1932, January 23, 1932; "Can We Cooperate" by Bob Brown  


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