Museum the New Llano Colony

Charlie Wichmann

Birth: He was born around 1916 in Illinois.

Family Information: Son of Albert Wichmann.

Husband of Elizabeth Wichmann.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In 1934, he and his wife were to occupy the house vacated by the Emery's when they moved into the Synoground house.

The 1930 US Census lists him as a lodger with the Rolllie Ridgeway family.

Job in Colony: In May 1930 Maxine Palmer helped the Mesdames Oberleitner, Hewett, Kimball, Hardy, and Lacefield; the Misses Lois Thompson, Bonnie Mason, Florence Case and Rhea Mae Baldwin; and the Messrs. Petersen, Wichman and DeBoer serve dinner under the direction of Mrs. Walter Fread.

Other Info: In April 1928 Miss Wilson was teaching piano classes to several boys and girls in the colony. The members of the Boys' Harmonica Club had had six weeks of classes and included Carl Besse, Roslyn Armacost, Robert Roe, Charles Wichmann, Kenneth Thurman, Isom Shoemaker, Roy Swenson, Fred and Roscoe Busick.

In December 1934 he "took a rather sudden and (some thought) mysterious spurt, borrowed a car, chucked his job, and was off in the dead of the night for Commonwealth, giving no explanation save that the trip concerned 'domestic matters.'" He returned the next day accompanied with his good wife and announced that they would be leaving the colony to make their future home in California.

Post-Colony History: He returned to the colony for a visit in August 1935. At that point he was living thirty-five miles south of the colony.

In May 1937 he returned to the home colony in 1937 -- by bus from Elton -- he'd been at the Rice Ranch for some time, the last to remain as caretaker after it was leased out for five years to a rice grower in the Elton community.


Sources: "Llano Colonist": April 14, 1928, May 3, 1930, May 17, 1930, September 8, 1934, December 29, 1934, August 10, 1935, May 22, 1937, May 29, 1937; US Census: 1930


Poem "The Sea" by Charles Wichmann with illustration by Ivy Young.

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