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Conservation Corps from the winter of 1938 to the summer of 1939. He was stationed in Idaho neat Idaho falls, but he only took the minimum 6 month enrolement in order to save up for college. As I have already stated 5 of the 30 dollars were to be sent home or put into a savings account for school or higher education. He was stationed at a forestry camp where there were many different tasks ranging from widening roads to support more transportation to dynamiting rocks. My grandfather started his journey by going to his local post office in Ohio and enrolling. Next he was shipped to Fort Knox by train to begin his brief by comprehensive training to be a CCC member. After the training he was shipped to his staton in Idaho where he was assigned a bunk and a company. The CCC was

organized much like the Military in many aspects, such as uniforms, slepping and eating areas and work schedule. All members were given a uniform that was excpected to be kept in good condition and always be tucked in. The sleeping quarters were set up in 6 barracks what held about 34 people, the barracks were inspected every morning and beds were expeted to be tucked in and neat. My grandfather said that the meals were good and always nice and hot, breakfast and Dinner were held in a mess hall and all members were required to have some K.P. (kitchen police) duty. Lunch was brought out to the work site but this may not have happened at ever station. The work day usually started around 7:00 or 7:30 a.m. andwent to about 3:00 p.m. The temperature at his station ranged from 30 to

about 90 degrees and many layers were usually shed during the work day. At every station there was a Captian and many other lower officials that monitored work and projects. Local Civillians could become work site organizers, there were about 12 at ever station and there duties raged from finding work to making sure projects were done right. During the weekends corps members were able to go to small towns that were close to the Station, members had 5 dollars to spend which was usually enough to buy some extras. Most men purchased alcholol with their pay but getting drunk was frowned apon by company leaders. My grandfather and some of his company mates would usually hitch a train and ride empty boxcars up to Montana during the weekends and hitch hike back to work on suday. There

was opportunity for eduction while you were stationed in the CCC, my grandfather earned 6 college course during his 6 month stay. At most post there was a library where members could go and check out books, for most of the enrollees this is the first access to a large number of up to date books. There wasn t much racial diversity in my grandfathers statin but most of the enrollees were poor, uneducated and this was the first time they had an opportunity to leave their town and he could tell that most of the people realized this beacse most people were very happy with their situation. Almost all of the members families depened on the $25 that was sent home each month and couldn t have a good living standard with out it. Most of the emrolees signed up for more than the minimum 6

month period. My grandfather said that this may have been one of the most infueltial times of his life because it gave his structre and a sense of meaning where he hadn t had any before. The CCC had companies stationed all over the country but mainly concentrated in the west and mid-west, however there were a few companies stationed in the east. Vermont had a total of 28 companies and 5,300 enrollees. The camps were located at such places at Waterbury Dam ( a.k.a. little river state park), the East Barre Dam, and construction of many fire patrole towers. The Waterbury Dam was built in 1938 as with help from the Army Corps of Engineers as a result of the 1927 flood, which destroyed the previous structure. The dam is