Museum the New Llano Colony

Forrest R. Waters

Birth: He was born in 1882 at Texas.

Family Information: Son of Joab and Sarah Waters. He never married.  

Description: In 1918 he was tall and slender with black eyes and brown hair.  

Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he was 18 years old and living with his parents and siblings in Parker, Texas.

In 1910 and 1920 he was living in Oklahoma with his mother and some of his siblings and farming on a general farm.

In May 1921 he visited the colony for almost a week before returning to his home in Lawton, Oklahoma. Before leaving he had signed his working contract and expected to return to the Colony immediately.

In 1930 he was living in Oklahoma, though now alone, and was a poultry farmer.

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Other Info: In April 1934 a lovely gathering was held at the home of Frank Brough to "God-speed" the Fay family to Norfolk, Connecticut where they hoped to arrange their affairs over the next few months and return to the colony in the fall.

Attendees enjoyed music, games and a wonderful lunch. They included: Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Archer, Drs. Robert K. and Cecil C. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. George Matz, Mrs. Maki, Smith Sanford, DeForest Sanford, George Leevey, Wm. Bingham, Dennis Stanley, Forest R. Waters, Mary Emery and the Brough family, consisting of Margaret, William and Frank.

In 1937 he met with several interested colonists to discuss garden needs that were soon going to need to be met. Also in attendance were Boyd Bartlett, Israel Ginsberg, Ted Landrum, Otto Hoefel, Ed Mansfield, E.O. Joynes, and Mr. Hayman of Leesville.  

Post-Colony History: In 1947 he attended a Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Mrs. Gussie Frusha for the old folks of New Llano. Attending were: Ed Mansfield, Ed Clark, Joe Noggles, F.R. Waters, Ed Merrill, S.E. Broyles, Ted Landrum, I. Ginsberg, Mrs. Martha Dougherty, Mrs. Ida N. Bartlett and Mrs. Alice Sontag.  

Death: He died in 1966 and was buried in the O'Banion Cemetery at New Llano, Louisiana.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930; "Vernon Parish Democrat": May 26, 1921; US Draft Registration: WWII; "Llano Colonist": April 21, 1934, February 13, 1937; "Leesville Leader": December 4, 1947; US SSDI  


Forest R. Waters tombstone at O'Banion Cemetery in New Llano, Louisiana.

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