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Anton Van Nuland, Jr.

Birth: He was born around 1885 in Holland, he had become a naturalized US citizen by 1918.

Family Information: Brother of John Van Nuland.

He married Maud Shoemaker sometime around 1931 while they were both living in the colony.

Step-father to her children Hope, Ruth, Isom and Ward Shoemaker.  

Description: On his WWI Draft Registration dated September 1918, he was described as tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1900 he was living in Illinois with his father and five siblings and attending school.

He joined the colony while it was located in California and made the trip to Louisiana in one of the autos that left the old colony on November 15, 1917 and arrived in early December at Stables (later to become Newllano), Louisiana.

His companions for the trip were Enoch Irwin, John Suhre and his brother, John. When they left Llano they "were all cleanly shaven and wore white coveralls with the word "Llano" sewed on their sturdy chests. When they arrived at Wildhorse, Texas, their chests were still sturdy, but their coveralls were not white and they were not cleanly shaven."  

Home in Colony: In 1932 he lived in an old "land mark", a home located at the Kid Kolony - it was re-shingled that year, a move that was expected to help preserve the house for many years.  

Job in Colony: He was in charge of the colony dairy where he had the help of R.V. Shoemaker sometimes in milking the cows; Maud Shoemaker did the cooking and helped in the garden.

Help also came from Chrissie Jensen, who herded the cows and Elmer Jensen, who bottled the milk; and Ruth Shoemaker who helped her mother half a day.

In 1927, running the dairy included milking and caring for (feeding the calves, dipping the cows, building fences, etc.) "about two dozen cows, bottles to wash, milk to deliver, supplies to get to the store, wood to haul and cut, and while he rests he also plows and cultivates the garden."

In December 1928 Waters, McClurg, Ross Brannon and Hopkins, with three teams and wagons, started hauling peanuts to the dairy where the thresher was located. Roe and Enfield got the thresher and Fordson tuned up and as soon as the nut supply began to arrive Com. Gregson started to feed the machine and the work was on. They stayed with the job until almost six o'clock and finished up. Of course, Van Nuland, our dairy man, and some of the boys did their bit in completing that job which had been slated to take two days.

In April 1931 Roede, Doc Williams and Doc Cayton "smuggled potatoes, corn, beans and beets into the bosom of mother earth at the general manager's garden... Anton Van Nuland most decidedly put the seedbed into superb condition for planting, and when done he said facetiously, Tell Doc he owes me five dollars.

In 1934 he was part of the crew at the Gila location who had been irrigating the wheat and oats. In April he was elected to the Council for the Gila location. 

Other Info: He was one of the members of the colony when George T. Pickett was first named General Manager. Apparently he left for some time, because he returned in 1920 to make the colony his home once again.

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 1932, it was mentioned that he'd "been vacationless for so long he ha[d] to look in the dictionary when he hear[d] the term.

In November 1934 some of the Gila colonists went on a trip to the "Lodge" which was about 50 miles up the river, but to get there it was necessary to cross the river about 150 times. Among those going were Zelma de Fausell, Huldah, Wayne and Carl Mahler, Isom and Ward Shoemaker, A. Van Nuland and Mr. Goodwin.  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 he was living with his wife and her two sons in Gila, New Mexico while working as a farmer.  

Death: He died in 1971 and was buried in the Memory Lane Cemetery at Silver City, New Mexico.  

Sources: US Census: 1900; "Western Comrade": December 1917-January 1918; US Draft Registration: WWI; "Vernon Parish Democrat": January 24, 1920;"Llano Colonist": December 10, 1927, December 15, 1928, March 9, 1929, April 4, 1931, July 9, 1932, April 11, 1933 (Reprinted from the Colonist May 17, 1924), April 14, 1934, November 10, 1934; US Census: 1940;  


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