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Howard Buck

Birth: He was born around 1891 in Pennsylvania.  

Family Information: Husband of Lillian Buck.

Father of Margaret Buck.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living with his parents and siblings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In March 1922 he was working as a linotype operator in the colony print shop -- once when he was sick for two weeks, the "Colonist" was temporarily reduced to only four pages.

In March 1922 the crew at the print shop included Mrs. Cantrell and Rose, Comrades Buck, Gleeser and Newman with assistance from students C. Shutt, Maxine and Victor Gaddis, Albert Kapotsy and Arthur Montrose.

In April 1922 the strawberries were beginning to bear and he was the acting chief berry-picker and boss of that job. In 1930 one of the diary writers remembered how Buck had brought some ripe strawberries to the print shop during the first week of January 1922.

In 1923 the Commonwealth College Association designated a teaching faculty of Job Harriman, Kate O'Hare, Howard Buck, F.M. Goodhue, Frank O'Hare, Wilbur C. Benton, Theodore Cuno, Ernest Wooster, Harold Z. Brown, Ivy Van Etten, and William E. Zeuch.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1930 and 1940 he was living in New York with his wife and (in 1930) his daughter, Margaret, and working for a weekly newspaper.

In 1936 a story in the "Llano Colonist" stated that he and Lillian were living in Peekskill, NY where he was on the editorial staff of the "Peekskill Daily Union" and was interested in furthering the Social Credit idea, originated by Major C.H. Douglas.  


Sources: US Census: 1900, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": March 11, 1922, March 18, 1922, March 25, 1922, April 15, 1922, January 4, 1930, February 29, 1936; "Radical Education in the Rural South; Commonwealth College 1922-1940" by William H. Cobb  


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