Museum the New Llano Colony

Albert "Bert" H. Moore

Birth: He was born in 1875 at Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  

Family Information: He married Susan Moore in 1910 at California.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he and Susan were living in Los Angeles, California.

Home in Colony: In 1930 he and Susan were living in a home at the New Llano Colony.

Job in Colony: The 1930 US Census lists him as a painter in the colony.

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 the personnel of the Woodworking Department was as follows: Cleve Campbell, millwright; Bert Moore, commercial dealer; Fred Parsons, shop foreman; Charles Butts, talleyman and grader; Charles Brown, lumber woods and yard foreman.

After Lou Mahler left for the Gila unit, Bert took over the job of salting pork for pickling in the colony -- the plan was to smoke ham and bacon and make sausage.  

Other Info: In 1929 the theater program featured camera pictures of Llano, California and Newllano which were shown on a white screen while George Pickett paid tribute to the Auld Lang Syners who had been part of the pioneer days of the colony including: Peter, Dora and Harold Kemp; L. Roedemeister, Dad Thomas and Mr. Fox; Septer, Runa and Rhea May Baldwin; Chas. Anderson, Anton Van Nuland and Theo Landrum; Susan and Albert Moore; William and Mrs. Newman; Arthur, Donna, Donna 2nd and Dolores Goble; and George Pickett himself.

In December 1932, a rabbit council of war was held on the porch of the office building and all the rabbit experts were present. The Chinchilla rabbits had recently been moved to the Hoag Ranch. W.R. Gaylord (who'd had all of 200 Chins in a private rabbitry in Oregon), Warren Hoag, Baldy, and Bert Moore (who'd had his own rabbitry and had cared for the more than 7,000 rabbits at the Llano del Rio colony in California) engaged in solemn council. There'd been a day when rabbit breeding was a marketable commodity; and rabbit meat brought 30 cents a pound, dressed. But them days [we]re gone forever. The cows and mules had first call on the peanut hay, corn and other good fodder and the alfalfa experiment in Llano had not worked out so well. To buy feed for rabbits was voted not a paying business. And so, the axe was voted to be the best method of solving the problem of feeding rabbits.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living in California where he worked as a painter and paperhanger.

Death: He died in 1963 at Los Angeles, California.

Sources: Massachusetts Birth Record; US Census: 1880, 1910, 1930, 1940; California County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records; "Llano Colonist": March 9, 1929, September 5, 1931, December 24, 1932, December 9, 1933, February 10, 1934, March 31, 1934; California Death Index  


"Bert Moore -- One of the "First Settlers" in Llano's California Days; Now Secretary of the Llano Del Rio Company." (Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" March 31, 1934)

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