Off to the Citizens Conservation Camp

My grandfather worked in the forests of Idaho as part of the Civilian Conservation Corp. The picture below is another newspaper clipping I found among my grandmother’s things. The CCC began in April 1933 and the age requirement was 18-25. My grandfather turned 26 in September 1933 so if this was May 1933 (my best guess, see below) he only just qualified. There was a later amendment to the program that allowed older veterans to enroll. My grandfather was also in the military at one time, so this may be later than 1933. My grandfather is on the far right.


At Conservation Camp
Photo by Sylvanus Doughty
The four above youths from Pitman were taken to the Citizens’ Conservation Camp, May 31, by Sylvanus Doughty, local Director of Emergency Relief. They enlisted for a period of six months and will work in the forests. The names of the youths, reading from left to right, are: David Maguire, 128 First avenue; William Groome, Waverly and Linden avenues; Harry Clark Johnson, 25 Circle; Orville Wilson Garrison, 223 Boulevard.

The reverse side of the clipping appears to be one of those “X Years Ago Today” articles with news from 1908. If the article was “25 years ago” this would date the article as 1933. The local news being Pitman and the byline being “–Grove News” leads me to assume this clipping was from the local Pitman paper, The Pitman Grove Review.


Chris… …ng and fa… have b… …adford, Pa., f… months, are spending the summe[r]… home of Mrs. Behling’s pare[nts] Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Watson, North Broadway.
The Episcopalians are holding services in the K.G.E. Hall every Sunday evening.
Chester McGear, of Philadelphia, is building a cottage at the corner of Grant and Lincoln avenues, Pitman Summit. He and his family expect to occupy it about July 1, 1908.
“The Review” Directory of Pitman for 1908 will be out about July 15.
John M. Hitchinson and family, of Camden, are down for the season at their West avenue cottage.
Herman P. Hurff is now engaged in house moving and raising, as well as building. He is a good mechanic and understands his business.
Childs’ Grocery Company will open a branch store in the new McCowan Building, Pitman avenue. This is their 99th store.
Make your cottage and grounds look nice. Paint, flowers and plants will do it. –Grove News.
The new post office will soon be under roof. The metal ceiling is ready and so is the furniture and fixtures. –Grove News.

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