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Archie Ogden

Birth: He was born around 1920 in Arkansas.  

Family Information: Son of Archibald Yell "A.Y." and Elsie Ogden.

Brother of Raymond, Ernest, Bill and Opal Ogden. Half-sister of Winnie (Ogden) Dougherty (plus others who never lived in the colony.)  


Pre-Colony History: In 1930 he was living with his parents and siblings in Oklahoma.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: 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.

In April 1932 Mr. Goeke was setting out shrubs on the west and north sides of Harriman Circle with the assistance of Wayne Mahler, Archie Ogden and Willy Brough

Other Info: In 1931 M.H. Atworth reported on a "Children's Reception" attended by Raymond, Archie and Bill Ogden. At the meeting, their father, Archibald, spoke about the matter of discipline and responsibilities of teachers and parents. Mrs. Atworth was of the opinion that parents who refused to cooperate should be asked to leave, along with their progeny, "to battle with conditions out in the wide, wide world and [she] knew the colony would be better off."

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

In December 1934 Amos and Andy lived again for twenty minutes in the Open Air Taxi Cab company garage with Walter Robison as Andy and Archie Ogden as Amos, Ernest as "Lightnin" and Jack Barnett as "Kingfish." Mrs. Ogden took the part of Madame Queen and the fun was quite agreeable to all.

Later that month he, Walt and Ernest repeated their roles -- this time the skit was that Amos and Andy had a dry oil well in New Jersey; Andy planted some oil in the hole and then tried to sell stock in it, however, a government agent, in the person of Roy McClean stopped the deal and placed Andy under arrest.

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": July 11, 1931, July 25, 1931, September 12, 1931, April 16, 1932, December 10, 1932, December 8, 1934, December 22, 1934  


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