Museum the New Llano Colony

Alma (Wilson) Bell

Birth: She was born  1890 at Indiana.  

Family Information: Sister of Miss Erma Wilson.

Wife of Harry Bell, Jr.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 both she and her sister Erma are listed twice on the census -- first, she and her siblings were living in Indiana with their parents; and second she and Erma were lodging with the George O. Larnsey family in Illinois where Alma was working as a dramatic teacher.

In 1920 both girls were again living with their parents and both unemployed.  

Home in Colony:

Job in Colony: In September 1928 he was on the college faculty along with: Lowell H. Coate - Superintendent and instructor in Sociology, Economics and Public Education; E.C. Bennett - English and History; Benjamin Roe - Scientific Agriculture; Guy F. Rogers - Mathematics; Eugene Hough - Psychology; F. Hamel - Spanish, German and Latin; Mary Erma Wilson - Voice and Piano; R.B. Snyder - Director of Orchestra, Wind and Stringed Instruments, Chorus and Ensemble; Geo. T. Pickett - Industrial Science; Daisy Daugherty - Domestic Science; Edna Mae Coffin - Manual Art, Sculpture and Architectural Drawing; Austin McLane - Journalism; Nell Rogers - Botany; Hope Shoemaker - Shorthand, Typewriting and Book-keeping; Mr. Daugherty - Intermediate Grades; Mrs. A.E. Bennet - Primary Grades; Esther Allen - Health and Hygiene; Mary H. Atworth - Librarian and Instructor in the Art of Expression; Anna Tabb - School Nurse, Dr. J.P. Kimmel - College Physician; Alice Pickett - Girls Counselor; Theodore Atworth - Oil and Watercolor Art; Alma Wilson Bell - Dramatic Art.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: In 1940 she and Harry were living in Indiana where he worked as a farmer.

In 1969 she was living in Los Angeles.  

Death: She died in 1970 at California and was buried in Block Cemetery at Indiana.  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920, 1940; Photo Archives; "Llano Colonist": January 21, 1928, September 15, 1928, March 2, 1929, March 29, 1930, September 16, 1933; Mary Erma Wilson Obituary: "Steuben Republican" dated December 3, 1969; California Death Index;  

Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated March 2, 1929. Expand Image

Photo is Labeled: (Standing L to R) Harry Bell, Jr., Alma Wilson Bell, Kitty Bell, Bert Bell; (Front L to R) Harry Bell, Sr., Mrs. Ida Bell - was Ida Pickett Fulton West; Labor Day 1929.

Contact Us:


Copyright 2018 Museum of the New Llano Colony