Museum the New Llano Colony

Ernest "Ernie" Kimball

Birth: Born around 1909 in Texas.  

Family Information: Son of Charles and Anna (Shipman) Kimball.

Brother of Gladys (Kimball) Thomas.

Nephew of Will Shipman.  

Description: More than six feet tall.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living with his parents, siblings, and maternal grandmother (M.A. Shipman) in Orange, Texas (he was listed on the census as William Kimble).

In 1928, Ernest, along with his mother and sister from Orange, Texas, visited his uncle, Will Shipman at the Rice Ranch. During the visit, they cheerfully put on their working togs and helped the Bantas with the domestic duties and helped out in the dairy.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 he was living in the colony with his parents, his sister, and his uncle.

In 1931 he was living at the Rice Ranch.  

Job in Colony: In October 1930 he was on the crew turning logs into lumber as rapidly as the saw mill would cut it. Other colonists on the crew were Comrade Haering, Comrade Stevens, George and Fred Jensen, Peterson, Shepherd, John and Jesse Armacost and Wilkerson.

At the veneer plant in September 1931 Ike Jensen, Claude Allred, Carl Nelson and Ben Hewett were fishing the blocks out of the cooking vat and sending them up to George Collins for Ernest and Fred Busick to peel, after which they were fed to the big veneer machine; while Roede's and Mrs. Killian's crews took care of the cutting and stacking.  

Other Info: In July 1930 he visited the Rice Ranch along with Mrs. R.W. Banta, Mrs. Charles Brannon, Sextus Garrett, George and Bee Jensen, Laura Synoground, Royall Thompson, Lois Thompson and Hope Shoemaker.

In September 1931, he, his mother and sister, along with his uncle Will Shipman and his wife, Anna (Case) Shipman, attended a reception at the Roof Garden where they enjoyed cards, music, dancing and refreshments.  

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930; Llano Colonist: October 20, 1928, January 26, 1929, July 19, 1930, October 11, 1930, July 11, 1931, September 5, 1931, October 3, 1931, March 26, 1932  


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