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Bertram "Bert" Busick

Birth: He was born around 1877 in Ohio.  

Family Information: Husband of Mabel Busick. His wife Mabel was the widow of his nephew (his sister Cecilia Busick Miller's son).

Step-father of Beulah and Charles Miller.

Father of Roscoe, Fred, Vivian, Iris, Byron and Bill Busick.  

Description:  

Pre-Colony History: The family came to the colony from Washington in March 1922.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In 1930 he was listed as a farmer on the US Census.

He worked in the sawmill with Ole Synoground -- often at the "Anacoco" sawmill location near Anacoco Creek.

In February 1934 he was a member of the Sunday Volunteer Gang including: Bill Heath, Charles Brown, Rob Roe, Walter Gaulke, Dad Thomas, Ernest Prodon, Bert Busick, Roscoe Busick, Gossett, Jack Carnahan, Ed Hiatt John Calgarry, Tom Cunningham, Phillips, Real Baril, Nick Lentz, Ed Mansfield, Septer Baldwin, F.W. Fay and F.S. Hammond. They spent the day cutting some eight hundred feet of cypress lumber into two-inch planks, twenty inches wide and as clear as a hound's tooth to be used for shingles.

In 1935, he, Clarence Long and Ike Jensen were bringing loads of logs back to the colony that had lain on the skidway of the Anacoco Creek Mill; the logs were sawn into fine lumber to be used for crate-making.

In October he helped out at the crate factory by placing the slats on the moving apparatus in the proper order, along with Wm. Dean, manager, A.M. Murray, Jack Murray and Bill Happel

Other Info: In 1928 he was one of the founding members of the local Conscientious Objectors Union; Theodore Atworth served as the first Secretary-Treasurer with O.E. Enfield serving as the President. The organization was planned to be international, composed of people who refused to go to war as a matter of conscience. Charter members included: Theodore Atworth, Mary H. Atworth, Emily H. Dougherty, I.A. Dougherty, Carl H. Gleeser, S. Weislander, Charlie C. Black, John Hight, Lowell H. Coate, W.A. Shutt, F.O. Jernberg, Reka Jernberg, Anna Tabb, Peter Kemp, F. Rosenburg, B. Wade Hewitt, Hamilton H. McClurg, W.J. Hoag, Theodore F. Landrum, C.N. Butts, Mary Snyder, George Snyder, Anna Garrett, Emma Shutt, M.A. Brattland, Richard P. Condon, Jr., Emily Swenson, W.J. Newman, George T. Pickett, Raymond DeFausell, S.E. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Molenar, Earl L. Bosch, Guy F. Rogers, Ora E. Newman, James J. Miller, Bert and Mabel D. Busick, Ole Synoground, C.C. Mickey, Fred A. Jensen, Katie Mickey, F. Rahn and Isaac H. Keyes.

After the May Day Revolution of 1935, he signed a statement supporting John Szpila's letter, which had been published in the September 21, 1935 issue of the "Llano Colonist" and spelled out the reasons the overthrow of former General Manager, George T. Pickett, had been necessary.  

Post-Colony History: The family returned to Puyallup, Washington after the colony failed.  

Death:  

Sources: Family source: Val Busick; "Llano Colonist": December 22, 1928, February 21, 1931, December 19, 1931, February 3, 1934, August 24, 1935, October 12, 1935, October 3, 1936; US Census: 1930  

 

Bert and Mabel Busick
Bert and Mabel Busick

The Busick family aken around 1920.
Taken around 1920 -- (Back Row L to R) Roscoe Busick, Beulah & Charles Miller; (Front L to R) Bert holding Iris, Fred, Vivian and Mabel Busick).

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