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Raymond (Frenchy) De Fausell

Birth: Born in Oregon in December 1908.  

Family Information: Husband of Zelma (Thompson) De Fausell. They married in January 1929.

Father of Jackie Ray and Barbara Ann DeFausell.  


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.  

Home in Colony:  

Job in Colony: In June 1928 he was assisting in the cannery along with Mrs. Roe, Mrs. Daugherty, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Shoemaker and Ruth Shoemaker. They were canning meat -- first it was cut up and partly cooked in the bakery oven, after which it was put into cans and finished up in the steam pressure cookers.

In April 1929 the print shop crew included Comrade Bridwell, his daughter Kathleen, Jean Enfield, Raymond and Zelma, Florence and Fred -- they made the wheels go round in the printshop, getting out all publicity for the Llano Movement that spreads to all five continents and the isles of the sea.

Listed as a worker in the print shop on the 1930 US Census. In April 1930 the print shop crew included Gleeser -- (editing, proofreading and making up both papers; Raymond, Jake, Mrs. Wilkerson, Fred and Florence Hamel -- all taking turns at linotype work, job presses and anything else that needed doing.  

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 June 1928 one of the entertainments at the theater included music by the orchestra; two sailor songs by Dixon with orchestra accompaniment; a song by Kenneth Thurman, followed by a trumpet and piano duett by Raymond de Fausell and Max Beavers; and in conclusion Comrade Louis Bergold delivered an eloquent and laudatory address upon the methods and achievements of Luther Burbank, with whom he had worked for a number of years.

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.

In February 1929 the colony orchestra consisted of Violins: Guy Rogers, William Bingham, Albert Wichmann, Warren Fread, Joseph Silberman, Rhea Baldwin; Flute: Clyde Mickey; Clarinets: Frank Rahn, William DeBoer, William Newman; Saxophones: Raymond DeFausell, Florence Roe, Arthur Goble; Trumpets: Louis Reodemeister, Benjamin Roe; Horn: Benjamin Couchman; Trombone: George Pickett; Tuba: Fred Hamel; Pianist: Mary Erma Wilson.

Post-Colony History: In 1933 he took "French leave" for parts unknown. His whereabouts, as far as colonists were concerned, 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, June 9, 1928, June 16, 1928, December 22, 1928, January 12, 1929, February 16, 1929, April 13, 1929, April 12, 1930, 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  


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.

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