Mustang, Oklahoma, United States
60-ish 'child of the prairie' who loves sewing, baking, knitting and most of all -- family & friends.

Monday, November 24, 2008


There's been a lot of bad economic news lately -- and, one of the solutions has been talk about creating agencies like the WPA. This past weekend I visited my Mom and we found these pictures dated in 1939 and 1940. When my Dad graduated from high school, there were no jobs to be had -- and, the future for many of those young men in the class of 1939 was very bleak. The government had to do something. The CCC was just a small part of the programs/projects created to help this great country to get back on its feet again. Below is just a small part of the history of the CCC --

During the Great Depression of the 1930's, the 73rd Congress by Public Act No. 5, March 1933, authorized the Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) program. The continuation of this function was provided for in the Congressional Act of June, 1937, which also officially changed the name of the ECW to its more popular designation, the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The CCC was one of several federal relief programs which sought to alleviate distress caused by the massive unemployment of the 1930's. An Act for the relief of unemployment through the performance of useful public works and other purposes. The program achieved this through the establishment of camps where young men worked on forest and conservation projects throughout the country. The motto of the CCC was: "Save the Soil, Save the Forests, Save the Young Men"

I'm proud to say that my Daddy was a CCC Enrollee. He is in the middle, second row.

Picture of their CCC camp in Montrose, Colorado.

My Daddy was a cook in the CCC and tomorrow I'll share some of his recipes (including some for Thanksgiving) all the recipes were taken from his handwritten cookbook.

If you are interested, more information on the CCC can be found in the archives of the most of the Western states (especially Colorado & Utah).