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William H. "Harry" Bell, Jr.

Birth: He was born in 1879 at Reading, England.  

Family Information: Son of Harry Bell, Sr..

From a photo in our archives, he appears to have been married to Louise Belorahdsky at some point, though, either the hand-written label on the photo is a joke, or it must have been a very short marriage, because in October 1922 she married Will Ewell, son of Mrs. J.C. Rhodes and he served as a groomsman.

By 1929 Harry was married to Alma Wilson Bell.  


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In 1922 Harry was the manager of the Newllano Theater. In April of that year he performed the ditty "I Love a Lassie" in one of the theater programs assisted by a bevy of lovely girls consisting of Louise Belorahdsky, Rose Matz, Maxine Gaddis, Vinita Thurman, and Mildred Seelye.

Later that month he did another sketch assisted by the Misses Louise Belorahdsky, Gertrude West, Rosa Matz and Maxine Gaddis and Comrades Frank Newman and Bill Beavers. "It was a one-act melodrama, and a scream indeed. Harry sang: "They all go wild over me" -- but that is just his conceit. He is not the only pebble on the beach. There are others."

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he and Alma were living in Indiana where he worked as a farmer.

Death: He died in 1950 and was buried in Block Cemetery at Indiana.  


Photo Archives; "Llano Colonist": April 8, 1922, April 15, 1922, April 22, 1922, October 14, 1922; US Census: 1940; Indiana Death Certificate;


Louise Belarodsky Bell and Harry Bell, Jr.
Photo is labeled "Louise Belarodsky Bell and Harry Bell, Jr."

Bell family, Labor Day 1929
Photo is Labeled: (Standing L to R) Harry Bell, Jr., Alma Wilson Bell, Kitty Bell, Bert Bell; (Front L to R) Harry Bell, Sr., Mrs. Ida Bell - was Ida Pickett Fulton West; Labor Day 1929.

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