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Grover Cleveland "Cleve" Campbell

Birth: He was born in 1883.  

Family Information: Uncle of Crockett Campbell, Ada (Campbell) Caves and Mabel Campbell.  


Pre-Colony History: He came from Texas where he'd worked on a farm raising cattle and wheat, before taking up sawmilling and planing work.

In 1900 and 1920 he was living at Denton, Texas -- in 1900 with his parents and siblings and working as a farm laborer; in 1920 with his mother and one sister, Lola, and working as a house carpenter.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In October 1930 he was the leader of the crew at the planing mill that included Cleve Campbell, Kittle, Szpila, Rand, Rickey, Thomas and Parsons.

In 1931 he was listed among volunteers who helped with tearing down Cravens, Louisiana for materials. In July of that year, he and Claude Allred were getting out finished lumber for Dr. Irwin's house.

In June 1931 the crew at the planing mill under the direction of Cleve Campbell included George Collins, Kittle, Harry Renick, Claude Allred and Isom Shoemaker.

In September 1931 one hundred fifty sacks of beans and peas were picked in the forenoon by a volunteer crew of men, women and children. The crowd gathered a little after 7 am and was divided into different crews to look after different fields; by 11:30 the job was done. Volunteers included: Killian, Butts, Lloyd, Baldwin, Waters, Doc Williams, Quentin, Fred Busick, Roscoe Busick, Byron Busick, Vivian Busick, Graves, Webb, John Allred, Melvina Hullinger, Fred Levan, Goeke, Eldred, Tom Farrell, Claud Allred, Earl Swenson, Mackie, Frank Collins, George Collins, Boydelatour, Cleve Campbell, Mr. Caves, Clarence Long, Harry Rennick, Dee Kurtz, Pittman, Edminster, Walter Fread, Clarence Fread, Mrs. Herron, Woodruff, J.W. Gilbert, H.M. Wood, Winegar, Bert Moore, Lindwall, Ole Synoground, Rohr, Carnahan, Hoens, Mrs. Wooley, John Neill, Robert Roe, Warren Roe, Nesnow, Bartrum and B. Stevens.

In July 1932 Cleve was glad to see Bartlett back on the saw mill construction work. Bartlett, Horney and Mansfield were at that point finishing the log skidways while Harry Layer and Rand were shooting across the mechanical parts.

In 1933 the personnel of the Woodworking Department was as follows: Cleve Campbell, millwright; Bert Moore, commercial dealer; Fred Parsons, shop foreman; Charles Butts, talleyman and grader; Charles Brown, lumber woods and yard foreman.

In 1934 he was part of the crew at the Gila location who had been irrigating the wheat and oats. In April he was elected to the Council for the Gila location.  He was selected to be in charge of the plant industry and most of the garden.  

Other Info: After the May Day Revolution of 1935, signed a statement supporting John Szpila's letter, which had been published in the September 21, 1935 issue of the "Llano Colonist" and spelled out the reasons the overthrow of former General Manager, George T. Pickett, had been necessary.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in 1956 and was buried in the Sanger Cemetery at Sanger, Texas next to his sister Lola Campbell and brother Jack Campbell.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1920; "Llano Colonist": October 25, 1930, March 14, 1931, June 13, 1931, June 20, 1931, July 11, 1931, September 5, 1931, July 2, 1932, December 9, 1933, January 27, 1934, April 14, 1934, October 12, 1935;


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