Museum the New Llano Colony

William F. "Bill" Killian

Birth: He was born about 1883 in Alabama.  

Family Information: Husband of Edna "Killie" Killian.

Father of "Dub", Cletus and Marguerite Killian.  


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony: In March 1929 the Jernberg family moved out to the old Phillips place (at the Anacoco sawmill) and the Killian family took the house they'd been living in.  

Job in Colony: In March 1929 he plowed up the land where Mrs. Enfield hoped to build the Kid Kolony garden.

The 1930 US Census lists him as a teamster 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.  

Other Info:

In October 1931 an old-time musical melange was gotten up by Bill Killian, who played alto on his fiddle while Comrade Banks, who is an old-time showman, played the first fiddle, Les Caves strummed the guitar and Claud Long picked the mandolin. Their snappy numbers were much enjoyed, and a repeat number had to be given.

Post-Colony History:  


Sources: Photo Archives; US Census: 1930; "Llano Colonist": March 2, 1929, March 16, 1929, September 5, 1931, October 3, 1931  

William F. Killian at Colony, 1930 -- possibly the Tourist Camp in the background.

Edna and William F. Killian in Harriman Circle with Roof Garden in background.

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