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Rezin E. Waters (Alternate spelling Resin)

Birth: He was born around 1862 in West Virginia.  

Family Information: Husband of Rachel Waters - at the time of her death in 1936 they'd been married 45 years. They had no children.  

Description: During the many years he and his wife were members of the colony, he was an indefatigable worker, much of the time tending all the fencing and he always had a very fine garden. He was a very good conscientious worker, in fact he worked up to the day when he was sent to the hospital.  

Pre-Colony History: He and his wife came to the colony about 1925.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In June 1928 he and Daugherty, the regular farmers, were joined by Kenneth Thurman and Jack Barron to help out with the rough spots in the gardens.

Later that month Tom and Alex Davidson, Hough, Waters, McClurg, Daugherty, Rosenburg, Mardfin, Weislander and Harold Kemp were working hard in the gardens to make up for time lost to rainy days.

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 1930 he was listed as a farmer for the colony.

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 September 1931 he was working on the farm -- at that point taking care of the late cow peas -- along with Quipp, Bartram, Grover, Jernberg, McClurg, Harry Morgan, Luther Mackentyre, Robert Roe, Fred Busick, Ogden and "Dad" Stevens.  

Other Info: After his wife's first stroke several years before her death left her almost helpless, he cared for her (though somewhat incapacitated himself) with the assistance of Anna Tabb.

After his wife's death, blacksmith O.H. Larsen moved in with him, hoping to ease his loneliness.  

Post-Colony History:  

Death: He died in January 1937 in Shreveport, LA. His remains were brought home by trucker Glen Burnes and burial was held in the Llano Cemetery.  

Sources: US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": June 9, 1928, June 30, 1928, December 15, 1928, September 5, 1931, February 15, 1936, January 30, 1937  


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