Museum the New Llano Colony



Fred Busick

Birth: Born around 1916 in Ohio.  

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, Vivian, Iris, Byron and Bill Busick.

 

Job in Colony: In April of 1922 he was part of a group of students who worked in the garden along with Emma Kapotsy, Bennett Babb, Dover Cryer, Roscoe Busick, Clifford Synoground, Harold Kemp, Dawson Cryer, Charles Lee, Brooks Merrel and Max Beavers.

In April 1928 Ben Roe had many boys and girls interested in the garden work -- four of the boys, about twelve years of age, were quite competent workers -- Karl Besse, Jesse Armacost, Roy Swenson and Fred Busick. Those fellows were taking on responsibility and doing excellent work, along with smaller boys and girls who helped out with lighter work.

At the veneer plant in September 1931 John Allred, Ike Jensen, Carl Nelson and Ben Hewett were fishing the blocks out of the cooking vat and sending them up to George Collins for he and Ernest Kimball to peel, after which they were fed to the big veneer machine; while Roede's and Mrs. Killian's crews took care of the cutting and stacking.

Also in September 1931 he was working on the farm -- at that point taking care of the late cow peas -- along with Quipp, Bartram, Grover, Jernberg, McClurg, Harry Morgan, Luther Mackentyre, Robert Roe, Ogden, Waters and "Dad" Stevens.

In December 1933 Claude Long, Leo Roscoe, Cecil Thompson and Fred Busick began tearing down the rig at No. 2; the lumber would be salvaged and put to use again as good as new. Roy Parsons went along in his usual capacity -- that of first-class cook.

In 1934 he was delivering ice with Lionel Crossland.

 

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: He was often part of the theater programs.

In April 1928 Miss Wilson was teaching piano classes to several boys and girls in the colony. The members of the Boys' Harmonica Club had had six weeks of classes and included Carl Besse, Roslyn Armacost, Robert Roe, Charles Wichmann, Kenneth Thurman, Isom Shoemaker, Roy Swenson, Fred and Roscoe Busick.

In June 1929 the parish superintendent presented diplomas to the graduates of grade school including: Allie Belle Hewitt, Lois Brattland, June Enfield, Ruth Kingsbury, Paul Ashlock, Caleb Ashlock, John Armacost, Jesse Armacost, Roslyn Armacost, Elmer Jensen, Roy Swenson, Royal Thompson, Fred Busick, Robert Roe, Cletus Killian and Pauline Eggleston.

In November 1933 the weekly bridge club met at the new home of Mrs. Myrtle Bradshaw. Those present were Misses Ruth Shoemaker, Vivian Busick, Mary Lou Monk, Doris Layer, Rhea Baldwin, Lloyd Potter, Earl Swenson, Lionel Crossland, Roy McClean, John Dougherty and Fred Busick.

Also that month, he and Lionel Crossland left with the "V-8" at 3:30 pm on Friday for Mena, Ark. to bring back the effects of DeForest Sanford, who was expected to return to the colony within a week or so. About 4:30 Saturday afternoon, just 25 hours after leaving they drove up in front of the store again. "Some trip," the boys said.  

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

Death:  

Sources: Family Source: Val Busick; "Vernon Parish Democrat" February 28, 1929; "Llano Colonist": April 22, 1922, April 7, 1928, April 14, 1928, June 8, 1929, September 5, 1931, November 4, 1933, December 9, 1933, July 7, 1934, October 26, 1935, November 2, 1935; US Census: 1930  

Left: 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)

Center: Clipping from the "Llano Colonist" dated April 25, 1936.

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. (NOTE: Sorry, I know that two people are labeled Fred in this picture -- I'm not sure which one is which.)