Museum the New Llano Colony

George Maki

Birth: He was born around 1922 in Minnesota.  

Family Information: Son of Mary Maki.

Brother of Milton, Willhart, Gertrude, Myrtle, and Irene Maki.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In July 1931 the veneer plant was going in full force with Johnny Dougherty, Long, Ole Synoground, Carl Bradshaw, George Jensen, Slaughter, Ray Bradshaw, Fred Hamel, Hoag and Roede on the job; as well as Bennie Brown, Jimmie Brown, Helen Joe Dougherty, Lucille Oberlitner, Rhea Mae Baldwin, George Maki and Jimmie Dix.

Also in July 1931 the "Busy Beavers" consisting of Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Jeannette Wooley, Jane Lentz, Wanda Self, Iris Busick, Norman Bays, Phillip Lentz, Kenneth Dean, Archie Ogden, Ernest Ogden, Byron Busick, Jimmie Dix, George Maki and Lyle Layer, under the leadership of Mrs. Killian, gathered Himalayan berries at the orchard in the morning and in the afternoon picked blackberries out of the woods.

At the age of 15 he joined the print shop as devil, or to give it Dad Sanford's more dignified appelation, building superintendent.

In August 1935, he was part of a crew of boys putting together the crates and running the nailer as they worked to fill an order at the crate factory. 

Other Info: In April 1929 Mrs. Minnie Hewitt held a birthday party in honor of Billie Busick, five years old, and Charlotte Hewitt, just four. Also attending were Clara Mae Fread, Byron Busick, George Maki, Jimmie Dix, Eugene Hewitt and Buddy Synoground.

In 1932 he played the mellophone in the newly organized Junior Orchestra which was being organized and taught by Fred Hamel.

He graduated from high school when he was just 14. According to family source, he was offered a scholarship to attend college, but being so young, he didn't want to leave home, so he never even told his mother.

In 1937 he celebrated his 15th birthday with a party in the colony.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he and his mother were living in a home in the unincorporated New Llano, Louisiana (site of the old colony) while he worked at a newspaper office.  


Sources: Sources: Family Source: Irene Maki Harper; "Llano Colonist": April 27, 1929, July 4, 1931, July 11, 1931, December 10, 1932, April 15, 1933, August 24, 1935, May 29, 1937; US Census: 1930, 1940  


Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated May 6, 1933.

Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated April 15, 1933.

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