Museum the New Llano Colony

Raymond (Frenchy) De Fausell

Birth: Born in Oregon in December 1908.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1910 he was living with his parents and sister in Oregon. In 1920 he was living with his father and his new wife, along with her children and many boarders in Oregon.  

Family Information: Husband of Zelma (Thompson) De Fausell.

Father of Jackie Ray and Barbara Ann DeFausell.  

Job in Colony: Listed as a worker in the print shop on the 1930 US Census.  

Home in Colony:  

Other Info: He often helped provide music at the colony theater and roof garden.

In May 1928 two visiting musicians -- W.L. Ferris and O.L. Owens of Leesville -- collaborated with the colony orchestra which consisted of: Robert Snyder, leader; George T. Pickett, Roedemeister, Ben Roe, Raymond Faussel, Joseph Gaddis, Louise Gaddis, Billy DeBoer, C.C. Mickey, Peter Borg, Max Beavers, Warren Fread, Guy Rogers, Florence Roe and Anna Besse, pianiste.

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 Busick, Mabel D. Busick, Ole Synoground, C.C. Mickey, Fred A. Jensen, Katie Mickey, F. Rahn and Isaac H. Keyes.  

Post-Colony History: In 1933 he took "French leave" for parts unknown. His whereabouts could only be conjectured.

In 1940 he was living in Oregon and working as a pressman for a Sales Book Co. He was listed on the census as "divorced". Later that year he married Erlene G. Eckley in Clark, Washington.

He served in the American military from April 1944 through April 1947.  

Death: He died in 1997 in Contra Costa, California.  

Sources: U.S. Census: 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": May 19, 1928, December 22, 1928, March 14, 1931, Oct. 8, 1933, November 25, 1933; Photo Archives; Washington Marriage Records; US Dept. of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File; California Death Index; US SSDI  

Photo: High School Group -- Back (L to R) Laura Synoground, Allie Bell Hewitt, Raymond "Frenchy" Fausell; Front (L to R) Beatrice Jensen, Ruth and Hope Shoemaker, Zelma Thompson