Museum the New Llano Colony

James "Jimmy" Kemp

Birth: Born in 1887 in Michigan.  

Family Information: Son of Peter Kemp and his first wife who died before 1899.

Step-son of Dora Kemp.

Brother of Myrtle and Nellie and Harold Kemp.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 and 1910 he was living in California with his father and step-mother, Dora; in 1910 he was working as a printer for a newspaper. In 1920 he was living in California with his grandparents and still working for a newspaper.

In 1930 he was still living in California, at that time with a wife and two children and continued to work in the printing industry.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: Linotype operator in the print shop; also knew how printing machinery worked -- he often helped take them apart and make repairs. 

Other Info: He visited the colony for a time in 1935 before contracting typhoid fever during an epidemic at Llano -- unfortunately at the same time that he was having his teeth pulled. He suffered with fever for several days, but with careful medical attention got better, though he was advised a higher climate would be well for him. He left the colony, but soon the sad news soon came back that he had died in California.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in August, 1935 in California.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; "Llano Colonist": August 17, 1935; California Death Index;  


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