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CCC's came into a devastated land. They built roads and the fire
and with their manpower, within a few years the fires no longer burned
with abandon. The CCC's, the W.P.A., and the N.I.R.A. built our dams,
parks, and replanted the forests.
were those who railed at the government for 'wasting1 money on these
but time has shown the wisdom of the Federal Governments action.
with the arrival of the CCC Camps came employment for many of the local
men who had barely found the means for the wherewithal of their
For these men hired to teach, supervise, and direct the raw recruits,
pay was $36 plus their keep, and they were called L.E.M.'s. The
hired local men for various jobs and paid $60 for 80 hours of work per
month. Within a year the Works Progress Administration replaced the
and greatly expand-ded the work: force.
recall when these men got their first paychecks, some of them had been
without gainful employment for 2 years or better. They bought shoes,
and good food, notexpensive foodr but the foods that had been denied
They made payments on debts, purchased second hand cars, and were now
a position to address.
Camp Mountain, photo courtesy of Lois Trever, was among the Camps to
these cut-over lands into the scenic beauty of our National Nicolet
Up in Mountain
the 20rs and the Depression years of the 30's is so different than
that is is hard for the young people of Mountain to believe there ever
was a world before T.V. and rock music!
remember the first radio in our area was owned by a man named Bower who
lived on County W East near the rock outcropping just past the present
residence of Bill Lazansky's. People would go out there on a
afternoon to listen to his radio. He had a headset which he then
over your head so as you could hear it while he turned the dials on the
radio. A loud squawking noise with now and then a few intelligible
was the sum total of what I heard when I first listened to his radio.
Jensen had the first radio in town. I remember being present when he
the Tunney-Dempsey boxing match tuned in. He listened to it and then
the action to the crowd gathered for the event. We all thought it
went barefoot from May until school started, by July our feet were
tough. The main roads were gravelled so we would walk on the shoulder
the road, as it was easier on our feet. We learned to slide our feet
when walking through stubble fields after the hay and grain was cut.
usually walked wherever we wished to go, thinking nothing of walking 5
or 6 miles one way and back. We used to walk down to Green Lake to
or if we had no suit, then we walked up the tracks to the high bridge
of town to swim in the Oconto River.
evenings Green Lake would find 50 or more people enjoying the water. We
could usually get a ride back to town as 3 or 4 of the young men with
were down for a swim. Those cars went back to Mountain with kids
both running boards, some standing on the rear bumper, and a boy lying
on either side between the hood and the fender !
the boys from 8 to 12 had a discarded tire which he rolled ahead of him
wherever he ran, you had to run to keep the tire from falling over.
was the automobile of our imagination. Most boys also had a hoop and
stick. The hoop stick was a lath about 30 inches long with a short
of lath 8 inches long