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Mabel (Roscoe Miller) Busick

Birth: She was born around 1887 in Minnesota.

Family Information: Wife of Bert Busick.

Mother of Beulah and Charles Miller, Roscoe, Fred, Vivian, Iris, Byron and Bill Busick. (She was the widow of Bert's nephew -- his sister Cecilia Busick Miller's son -- before their marriage.)

Sister to Leo Sylvester Roscoe.

Description: She [went] about her work with a smile and g[ave] each customer a friendly greeting."

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

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: She worked in the commissary where she could be found every morning, noon, and night.

In June 1928 Bergold, Barron, Mrs. Busick and her crew of kiddies picked the berry patch. Also helping with the berries were Mrs. Rogers and McLane.

In 1930 she was working as a teacher in the colony school.

In March 1934, she, assisted by her daughter, Vivian, was washing windows and scrubbing floors at the hotel; on Mondays, she gathered the bedding from the hotel and sent it to the laundry, then put it away for the next week.

In 1936 she was helping out at the bakery which was managed by Florine Peecher

Other Info: She was often part of the theater program. Preparing for the May Day's entertainment in 1928 Anna Besse was presiding at the piano, accompanied by Peter Borg on the violin while Comrade Condon was practicing his song. Other performers were Kenneth Thurman and Comrade Tefteller. Also the orchestra under Bob Snyder, Mrs. Hewitt and Mrs. Busick.

In 1928 she 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, she 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.

In October 1935 she was nominated to be on the Board of Directors, along with (in order of nomination), Robert K. Williams, E.D. Carl, Lester Caves, Crockett Campbell, John Szpila, Harold Emery, Charles Lawrence, Chester Peecher, E.O. Joynes, Chester Page, Horace Cronk, George Hullinger, Walter Robison, "Chauncey" DuProz, Mrs. Olive Lentz, Mrs. Mabel Busick, Lionel Crossland, Charles Derleth, J.H. "Dad" Ribbing and Cy Horney. The meeting also adopted a rule permitting all resident members who had been at the colony more than sixty days to vote in the election, provided too few proxies were received to hold a regular stock holders' meeting.

Less than one fourth the required stock was represented at the Stockholders' meeting, so the colonists proceeded with the election of a new board of directors as planned. Those selected were: Robert K. Williams, E.C. Carl, Lester Caves, Crockett Campbell, Harold Emery, Chester Peecher, E.O. Joynes, Charles Lawrence, and Chester Page. Runners up were Mrs. Mabel Busick, Horace Cronk and John Szpila.  

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


Sources: Family Source: Val Busick; "Vernon Parish Democrat": February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": May 26, 1928, June 23, 1928, June 30, 1928, December 22, 1928, March 31, 1934, August 24, 1935, October 12, 1935, March 14, 1936, December 19, 1936; US Census: 1930


Bert and Mabel Busick
Bert and Mabel Busick

Busick Family taken 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)

College Group
Photo is labeled: College Group: (Back Row) Pete Harmon, John ?, Mrs. Garrett, Dad Gleeser, Mrs. Dougherty (Front Row) Mr. Stocking, Mr. Black, Mrs. Busick, Miss Wilson (Two of the men in front are not identified).

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