Sunday, December 18, 2011
The holidays were celebrated in camp with parties and special meals. Here's an excerpt from the Patagonia, AZ, camp newspaper for Dec. 1939:
LAST CHRISTMAS IN THE CCC
We got up about six o’clock and then ate breakfast in the Mess Hall, which was decorated with Christmas Holly and colored paper. After breakfast, we played some new games that were given to the company as a Christmas present. We had a tree and had a lot of fun decorating it.
Then, at one o’clock we ate a dinner that was fit for a King. Boy! Did we have a fine meal, all we wanted to eat. Besides our own company there were a number of guests from Benson and Tucson, who brought some candy and other presents for the boys.
One boy dressed up as Santa Claus and passed out all kinds of presents. These gifts consisted of anything he could get for nothing around camp. One boy got a Coca Cola bottle, one an old shoe, and another got a box of small frogs.
[enrollee Clarence Richey]
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The holidays in the CCC camps were celebrated with entertainment, dances, and special meals. Here's the Christmas menu from the St. David, AZ, camp for Christmas 1937:
December 25, 1937
CHRISTMAS DINNER MENU
Chicken Soup Crackers
Virginia Baked Ham Candied Yams
Roast Chicken Sage Dressing
Snowflake Potatoes Buttered Peas
Giblet Gravy Sliced Tomatoes & Mayonnaise
Celery Olives Pickles
Butter Scotch Pie Coconut Cake Hot Rolls and Butter
Assorted Candy Peanuts English Walnuts
Apples Oranges Bananas
Coffee Ice Water
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Bob Audretsch—historian, writer, and former National Park Service ranger at Grand Canyon— has just published a book about the work of the CCC at Grand Canyon: Shaping the Park and Saving the Boys: The Civilian Conservation Corps at Grand Canyon, 1933-1942. Information on the book and the author can be found at http://cccbooks.org/. The book is available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.