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Lenin Tabb

Birth: He was born in 1924 at New York.  

Family Information: Son of Joseph and Anna Tabb.


Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony around 1926 with his mother, Anna.  

Home in Colony: In 1930 was living with his mother as boarders with Emmaly Swenson.  

Job in Colony:  

Other Info: In 1931, while he was in second grade, was part of the cast of "Fisherman's Luck" at the colony theater.

In 1932 Walter Groth drove a group of colonists including Ann and Lenin Tabb, Mrs. Gossett and her daughter, Mae, to the Rice Ranch; they returned by way of Alexandria.

In September 1934 Mrs. Potter directed an Indian version of the Cinderella story at the colony theater featuring her son, Lloyd Potter, Ruth Wooley, Rozella Quipp, Wanda Ware, Jane Lentz and Lenin Tabb. Also that month he enjoyed an extended visit with the Giltner family in Longville, LA.

Member of the junior band organized in 1934; members included Joe (Lentz), Billy (possibly Busick or Ketchen), Byron (Busick), Ernest (could be Ogden or Joynes), Jimmy (Dix), Bill Quinton, Howard (Stansbury), Clarence (Fread), Jack (Lewis or Barnette), Sylvester (Watson) and Lenin.

In June 1934, a group of 2nd-4th grade children were taken to the Sabine River for a picnic by their teacher, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter in his Pontiac, into which the group of eleven all managed to fit. At the river, they went fishing and Lloyd rowed them across the river so each could get a handful of Texas soil to take back to Louisiana with them. They mixed the dirt with Louisiana soil for co-operation and brotherhood. They watched when a car honked its horn for the ferryman at Burr's Ferry and was taken across to Texas. For supper, they built a fire and had biscuits and eggs with strawberry jam. The group included: Dorothy Loutrel, Frances Peecher, Charlotte Hewitt, Ione Quipp, Lenin, Robert Peecher, Noel Lentz, Ernest Joynes, William Yost, Mrs. Lentz and Lloyd Potter.

In 1935, he suffered from typhoid/maleria [sic] and was hospitalized in New Orleans for a time. After leaving the hospital, he again stayed with the Giltner family in Longville while he convalesced, where he gained considerable weight after being fed on plenty of milk with bread and butter and jelly.  

Post-Colony History: In 1937, Anna announced that she and Lenin would be leaving the colony, going to New Orleans where he was to be placed in a hospital upon the recommendation of Dr. Shaw of the Leesville Hospital.

In 1940 Lenin (clearly listed as 'Leon' on the census sheet) was attending school and living in Bronx, NY with his mother, boarding with Ike and Bertha Newman, both of whom, like his mother, had been born in Russia.

In 1946 he married Muriel Rogasky at New Castle, Delaware. In 1950 he was a student at the University of Delaware.

In 1954-57 he was teaching music at Smyrna High School in Delaware.  

Death: He died in 2013 and was buried in the Jewish Community Cemetery at Wilmington, Delaware.  

Sources: Family Source: Bruce Tabb; "Llano Colonist": September 19, 1931, July 9, 1932, June 2, 1934, September 8, 1934, September 22, 1934, September 29, 1934, August 24, 1935, May 22, 1937, May 29, 1937; US Census: 1930, 1940; Delaware Marriage Records; US School Yearbooks: University of Delaware, 1950, Smyrna High School, 1954-1956;  


Standing Back -- Lenny Tabb, Gene Swenson; Kneeling -- Unknown, Billy Busick; Front Sitting -- Charlotte Hewitt, Lucille Roe

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