Museum the New Llano Colony



Byron Busick

Birth: Born around 1922 in Washington.  

Description:  

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

Family Information: Son of Bert and Mabel Busick.

Half-brother of Beulah and Charles Miller.

Brother of Roscoe, Fred, Vivian, Iris and Bill Busick.  

Job in Colony: In July 1931 the "Busy Beavers" consisting of Vivian Busick, Irene Hewitt, Jeannette Wooley, Jane Lentz, Wanda Self, Iris Busick, Norman Bays, Phillip Lentz, Kenneth Dean, Archie Ogden, Ernest Ogden, Byron Busick, Jimmie Dix, George Maki and Lyle Layer, under the leadership of Mrs. Killian, gathered Himalayan berries at the orchard in the morning and in the afternoon picked blackberries out of the woods.

In October 1931 he, along with Billy Busick and  Ernest Ogden joined Bennie Hewitt when he took a team out to haul firewood for his mother.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: In April 1929 Mrs. Minnie Hewitt held a birthday party in honor of Billie Busick, five years old, and Charlotte Hewitt, just four. Also attending were Clara Mae Fread, Byron Busick, George Maki, Jimmie Dix, Eugene Hewitt and Buddy Synoground.

In 1932, he became a Nature Guardian of Louisiana when he agreed to protect the birds, flowers, trees and other natural resources of the state against wanton destruction.

Member of the junior band organized in 1934; members included Joe (Lentz), Billy (possibly Busick or Ketchen), Byron, Ernest (could be Ogden or Joynes), Jimmy (Dix), Bill Quinton, Howard (Stansbury), Clarence Fread, Jack (Lewis or Barnette), Sylvester (Watson) and Lenin Tabb.

In July 1934 Lloyd Potter took ten boys including Byron and Billy Busick, Sylvester Watson, Phillip Lentz, Joe Lentz, Jimmy Dix, Quentin Quipp, Kenneth Dean, Eugene Hewitt and Clarence Fread on a camping trip to Hadden's Ferry on the Sabine River. They swam for a while; borrowed the ferryman's rowboat and plowed up the river; ate fried potatoes and eggs, bread and jelly, and a fine icing cake. Come evening they set out trout lines and picked moss from the trees to make a bed. They played through the night, getting very little, if any, sleep.

 

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

Death:  

Sources: Family Source: Val Busick; "Llano Colonist": April 27, 1929, July 11, 1931, October 3, 1931, January 2, 1932, April 15, 1933, July 7, 1934, September 22, 1934; US Census: 1930  

Left: Photo is labeled (spelled as labeled): "Grammar School - Clarence Fread, Myrtle Fread, Byrn Busick, Iris Busick, Vivian Busick, Reah Mae Baldwin, Lin Rogers, Mary Gregson, Helen Joe Dougherty, Warren Shoemaker, Myrtle Gregson".

Center: Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated April 15, 1933.

Right: Busick Family taken about 1960 -- Front Row (L to R) Beulah, Bert, Mabel, Fred; Back Row (L to R) Iris, Fred, Bill, Byron, Roscoe, Vivian.