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William Gilbert "Bill" Busick

Birth: He was born in the New Llano Colony around 1924 -- on the night Bill was born, colonist Bill Gilbert fired the boilers and kept the electric power going to light the stork's way bringing in the new colonist. In appreciation, the parents named the lively youngster William Gilbert.  

Family Information: Son of Bert and Mabel Busick.

Half-brother of Beulah and Charles Miller.

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


Pre-Colony History:  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In November 1933 he was among a group of boys including Ray Campbell, Carl Mahler, Ray Long, Gene Hewitt, Sylvester Watson and Robert Peecher who were stacking the veneer sheets as they were shaved off the log.  

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 September 1931 the first number on the program at the theater was a playlet entitled "The Royal Tailor Shop." The characters were Joe Lentz as the royal tailor; the king played by Bill; and the servant played by Ernest Ogden. The boys were all third grade students and each did his part very well.

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

In June 1933, Oscar Needham loaned his big Buick coupe so the fourth grade could have their spring outing on the banks of the Sabine river. They enjoyed swimming, fishing, ice cream, mud baths and a perfect day. The group included: Hulda Mahler, Frances Roe, Genevieve Quipp, Billy, Eugene Hewett, Ernest Ogden, Raymond Campbell, Joe Lentz and their teacher. When they left the colony, four children were hanging on the outside, while five rode on the inside with plenty of eats and an ice cream freezer filled with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberries. Their picnic included biscuits with egg, honey and peanut butter filling and raw carrots for relish. While the teacher read to some, others threw stones far out into the stream, with Ernest and Raymond claiming to have thrown into Texas. The 'colored' ferryman, having come down, went into convulsions of laughter after spotting Eugene, who had covered every square inch of his body, except his eyes and mouth, with mud.

In July 1934 Lloyd Potter took ten boys including Billy and Byron 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: In May 1937 it was reported that Vivian had received a letter from her mother announcing that the family had had a very pleasant trip to Tacoma, Washington. In July of that year Iris [and presumably her husband] joined them there.


Sources: Family Source: Val Busick; "Llano Colonist": April 27, 1929, September 19, 1931, October 3, 1931, March 18, 1933, June 17, 1933, November 25, 1933, July 7, 1934, May 8, 1937, July 10, 1937; US Census: 1930  


Kindergarten group
Standing Back -- Lenny Tabb, Gene Swenson; Kneeling -- Unknown, Billy Busick; Front Sitting -- Charlotte Hewitt, Lucille Roe.

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

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