Museum the New Llano Colony

Leroy "Roy" Graves

Birth: Born around 1892 in Oklahoma.  

Family Information: Husband of Mildred S. Graves.

Father of Mildred W. and Norma Graves.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In 1930 was living in the colony proper at New Llano, LA.  

Job in Colony: Listed as a chauffer of the colony truck on the 1930 US Census.

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 1933 he was working at the Gila, New Mexico location. He and Clyde hauled a big load of hay into Silver City with the trailer truck. Also he, Harold and Chester shelled corn with the big corn sheller which was run by a gasoline engine. Two men were kept busy scooping corn into the sheller and they said they "sure shoved it through."  

Other Info: In 1930 he was given a gift of a safety razor with 12 blades, "worth at least six dollars" by John Rix. He then felt obligated to shave and make himself more presentable.

In 1932, after the location at Magdalena had failed, Comrade Graves and Bill Beavers, along with their families, had remained near the location. They were among the first to learn about the property at Gila, New Mexico which the colony later made arrangements to purchase.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": September 5, 1931, December 10, 1932, January 7, 1933  


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