Museum the New Llano Colony

Harry Nesnow

Birth: He was born in 1895 in New York to Morris Nesnow and Anna Rakowsky.  

Family Information: Married Ruby Synoground on May 1, 1927 during the May Day celebrations in the colony.

Father of Maurice, Joe and David Nesnow.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1920 he was living in New York with his parents and siblings and working as a Civil Engineer.  

Home in Colony: The family lived along what is today known as Third St. in New Llano on the end near the city park. Their home was said to have been "nicely completed and look[ed] very cosy, inside and out." 

Job in Colony: In 1930, he was the Industrial Foreman.

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 July 1932 he was working in the cold storage room.

Later in 1932 he was working on the interior walls and ceiling of the shoe shop which had long needed repair -- The "Llano Colonist" said: "While Roede is trying to save our souls (soles) Harry will try to save the shoemaker".  

Other Info:

In November 1927 he was part of a program composed chiefly of instrumental and vocal music by himself, the Mesdames Louise Gaddis, Anna Besse and Ruby Nesnow and Messrs. Max Beavers, Mickey and Price.

In 1930 he, Ruby and Maurice were living in New York while Harry worked as a brick layer, though they returned to the colony at some point before 1932.

In April 1932 Sam Klette brought in some pecans which he sold first to Harry, charging 5 cents a pound; then both he and Harry tried to "soak" Theodore Cuno when he offered them for 6 cents per pound, though this effort was all in fun.

Post-Colony History: In 1935 he and Ruby with their two sons were living in rural Texas -- most likely at Premont.

In 1940 the couple, now with three sons, were living in New York where he was working as an estimator in construction -- a job he was still doing at the time of his death.

Death: He died in 1986 in Virginia.  

Sources: US Census: 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": November 19, 1927, August 1, 1931, September 5, 1931, April 23, 1932, April 30, 1932, July 9, 1932, December 17, 1932; Virginia Death Records  


Photo from his U.S. Passport application dated May 4, 1921.

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