The Minnesota District of the Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) was established April 5, 1933 - soon after the Emergency Conservation Work Act was passed by Congress. To qualify for CCC work, applicants had to be U.S. citizens between 17 and 23 years of age, unmarried, unemployed, physically and mentally competent, and must not have served more than 18 months in the CCC previously. Men convicted of a crime and serving a sentence, or on parole or probation were disqualified.
For administrative purposes, army leaders divided Minnesota into four sub-districts. Three of these were in forest areas; the East Superior Sub-district headquartered in Two Harbors, the International Falls Sub-district headquartered in Hibbing and the Chippewa Sub-district headquartered in Cass Lake. The Southeastern Sub-district, in Rochester was in an area of widespread soil erosion.
This camp was on the Gunflint Trail but all the up-north camps were similar in size and lay-out. The company number was assigned by the federal government. A company might have more than one camp. The majority of camps in Minnesota were national or state forest camps, state park camps or soil conservation service camps.
It was a cooperative effort of the Dept. of Labor which oversaw enrollment; the War Dept. (U.S. Army) which handled camp administration, construction, transportation, physical conditioning and day to day operations; and the Departments of Agriculture and Interior which ran the work programs.
|Entrance to Owen Lake Camp - Company 718|
"We were assigned to an area fifty feet wide and one hundred yards long. We were to clean out all the under brush and all fallen or dead trees and to carry or drag every thing out to the road and make a pile for future burning, this was done during the safer (for burning) winter season. "
|George Holmes and Rey Glaeve @ Owen Lake Camp|
|Reynold Glaeve getting few zzz's in Fort Snelling bunk|
Report of Homer D. Thomas “Reynold O. Glaeve was employed as a driver at the CCC Motor Pool, Fort Snelling, Minnesota for a period of approximately one year. His service was excellent in every respect. He was honest char., trustworthy and a hard and willing worker. I recommend him most highly as one of the finest young men I have met in the CCC.”
We have some information on George Engelmann but any info on Emil Kuta or George Holmes or others serving in the #718 would be appreciated.
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