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Chauncey Du Proz


Family Information: Husband of Birdie Du Proz.  


Pre-Colony History: Came to the colony, from Florida, in December 1932 with his wife.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: Immediately after his arrival in December 1932 he was put to work in the main office where he was a fast-clip on the typewriter. In November 1933 he was still in the office and was very busy following the departure of Anita Brannon. It was reported that his "machine sings a merry song while he translates his shorthand dictations into typewritten sheets."

Also in 1933 he and Bill Shipman were regular workers at the transplanting garden.

Other Info: In February 1933 he, along with Ida Ann Bartlett conducted a program in celebration of Lincoln's birthday which consisted of readings, recitations, Victrola music and speech-making. Phonograph selections were mostly of the patriotic variety, "Barbara Fritchie," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Marching through Georgia" and "Columbia."

In March 1933 he attended a good-bye party for the Sanford family, along with Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Banta, Mrs. June Black, Sybil Black, Cyrus Horney, Mr. and Mrs. Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Brannon, Mr. and Mrs. B. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Marve Sanford, Lou Colt, and the Messrs. Githens, D. Sanford, Beanfellow, and Starkweather.

In May 1933 she celebrated Marvin Sanford's birthday, along with DeForest and Smith Sanford, Anita Brannon, Florence Anderson, Mrs. Ivy Hoag, Birdie DuProz, Cy Horney and Bernie and Leona Stevens.

He sang in the choir at Gus Kretzschmar's funeral in December 1934.

In October 1935 he 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: In November, 1935, he announced his and Birdie's intentions to leave the colony for Long Beach, California.

Before leaving the colony in 1935, he and his wife donated a number of books to the library.  


Sources: "Llano Colonist": January 7, 1933, February 18, 1933, March 4, 1933, April 29, 1933, May 6, 1933, November 18, 1933, December 22, 1934, October 12, 1935, November 2, 1935, November 9, 1935  


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