Museum the New Llano Colony

Guy Lockwood

Birth: He was born around 1871 in Minnesota.  

Family Information:  

Description: He was described as one who was "good to look upon" and one who had made a deep study of life and of the problems confronting humanity.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1898 he attracted attention when he designed a propoganda wagon and led a party of four delegates to the First National Convention of the Social Democracy of America -- a trip from Tennessee to Chicago. Along the journey they stopped in towns to lecture about Socialism and Lockwood sold pen-and-ink caricatures and custom greeting cards to raise funds for their journey.

At some point prior to 1917 he had taken Walter Thomas Mills' correspondence course as shown in the clipping from the October 1917 "Western Comrade" this page.

He had an art school to which many fine artists subscribed for training, including colonist Dick Brannon.

In 1928 he was the Socialist Party's candidate for Governor of Michigan.

He arrived on the afternoon train in 1929 from Kalamazoo, Michigan and was taken in tow by his old friend, Mr. M.A. Brattland, who had known him more than thirty years prior in Minnesota.  

Home in Colony: He lodged with the Brattland family as there was a shortage of housing in the colony at the time of his arrival and they were old friends from Kalamazoo. 

Job in Colony: He often wrote poems for the "Llano Colonist". He designed the logo which was to be placed on all Llano products and helped colony artists advance with their training.

In April 1929 he suffered a bad sunburn after helping with the brick mining at Cravens, Louisiana, where colonists were salvaging materials from the old sawmill town.  

Other Info: He often spoke at meetings -- once on "How to be Happy Though Married."

In April 1929 he visited the Rice Ranch, along with the Brattland family and Mary Erma Wilson.

Post-Colony History: In 1930 he was back in Michigan working as an art instructor and living with his wife and step-son. He continued to write poems for the "Llano Colonist".

In 1940 he was still in Michigan with his wife, step-son and daughter-in-law.  

Death: He died in Michigan in 1947.  

Sources: "Western Comrade": October 1917; "Llano Colonist": July 21, 1928, February 9, 1929, February 23, 1929, March 14, 1929, March 23, 1929, March 30, 1929, April 6, 1929, April 13, 1929, December 13, 1930; US Census: 1930, 1940; Michigan Death Records;  


Clipping from the Vernon Parish Democrat, April 28, 1921.

Clipping from March 14, 1929 showing the logo he designed for the colony which would be put on all colony products.

Clipping from the "Western Comrade" dated October 1917. Other colonists mentioned in the ad are colonists Kate Richards and Frank O'Hare, Mrs. Lockwood and W.C. Benton.

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