CCC Workers Short Biographies

If you have a relative that worked for the CCC in Idaho County, I would be happy to add their Biography to this page.  

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Charles Francis Dunleavy

CCCman, Company 251, French Creek, Riggins

         My father Charles Francis Dunleavy, (dob 6/15/1918 ) was a member of Company 251. I have photos of the company working, living quarters, etc...They worked on a road & bridge in a place called French Creek. I am trying to find details on the exact location, i.e. city, state....also any members or a roster.

     I have visited the actual camp site(s) in Idaho . There were two camps from company 251. The first F-109 was in Riggins , Idaho . The second, F-108, was in French Creek, Idaho, approx. 15 miles up the Salmon River from Riggins. Major L.M. Edwards, from Fort Douglas , Utah was in charge of both Camps 1935-36.

  Patrick Dunleavy

 

Lowell "Red" Moore

CCC Enrollee, Company 766, Kramer, North Dakota & Company 5704, Kooskia, Idaho & Camp F-190, Lowell, Idaho

   My late father, Lowell "Red" Moore was born December 07, 1924 in Marmaduke, Arkansas. He completed the 8th grade in 1939 and worked as a farm laborer. He entered the CCC on January 12, 1942 at Little Rock, Arkansas. He was assigned to the 766th Company at Kramer, North Dakota. He later transferred to Company 5704, Kooskia, Idaho. He was assigned to camp F-190 in Lowell, Idaho where he did road construction and some fire tower watch duty. He later cooked for the officers mess making homemade biscuits and gravy for the officers on weekends. Pop's name was spelled Loyal, but he changed the spelling to Lowell during his stay at Lowell, Idaho Camp F-190.

   He was discharged on June 17, 1942. When he got back home he used what little money he earned to pay the family grocery bill. He was called for military service, but did not pass the physical. He and mom married in August, 1943. I was born in September, 1947. Pop worked in furniture stores, was a floor mechanic laying all sorts of floor goods. He later worked for Emerson Electric in Paragould, Arkansas as a Die Grinder.

   I lost Pop in March, 1985. In 1998, my son and I took some time off and went to Kramer, North Dakota to look up the CCC Camp. It was non existent and even the locals knew little about it. We went on to Lowell, Idaho in our quest. There we found the site of Camp F-190. One of the original buildings is still in use by the Forest Service and there is a small camping area on the banks of the Lochsa River. We camped there for a couple of days . It was great to spend time with my son at the site of his grandfathers CCC experience..........

 Larry W. Moore

 

 

Dr. Clarence B. Smith

Camp Doctor, Company 245, Kooskia, Idaho

   My father was Dr. Clarence B. Smith living in Francis, Oklahoma when he was given a job with the CCC as company doctor early in 1940. He was sent to a camp in the Bitterroot Mtns. in Idaho. I do not have the camp number. The mailing address was Kooskia, Idaho, nothing more than a very small settlement with a post office. For shopping we went to Orofino, Moscow or Lewiston Idaho. The camp was in a very remote area in the mountains.

    My father was a native of Honey Grove, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas May 1900. He left Galveston before the terrible hurricane of September 1900 when so many people were killed. He began his practice in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and practiced medicine there for more than 50 years with the exception of approximately sixteen months he spent in Idaho at the CCC camp.

   My parents were living in Francis, Oklahoma, when he received the call to go to Idaho. The post office for the was Kooskia, Idaho. I found 3 camps listed - 2 with Kooskia being the nearest railroad and 1 listed as Kooskia being the nearest post office, so I shall have to assume it to be the right one, as the date of it seemed to be about the right time, also. The company number is 245. However, another company number 5704 could possibly be right. Just don't know how to tell which one, but since the first one had Kooskia for post office and the second one had Lowell for post office, guess would have to assume the 1st one is right.

    I do remember one of the army officers and his wife as we became pretty well acquainted with them. Lt. Stanley and wife Geneva.

   After the CCC camp closed in the summer of 1941, Dr. and Mrs. Smith returned to Oklahoma and settled at Roff, Oklahoma in south central Oklahoma. He continued to practice medicine in Roff for more than ten years.

   He continued to stay active after retiring until a bad fall on Thanksgiving Day 1958 resulted in a fractured hip. He underwent surgery on December 2, 1958, but failed to recover. He died December 5, 1958 and is buried at East Hill Cemetery, Roff, Oklahoma.

    If there is anyone out there who by chance has any information about this camp at this particular time - 1940-41 - and anyone who might have any information about Lt. Stanley's family.

 MIDGIE1917@juno.com

 

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