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dwight
Joined: May 2007
Apr 13, 2008 08:01

Does anyone know how I can find out info on the camp at Foxboro? I recently discovered that men from that camp did some work on land near me in Stoughton.

Dwight


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agillman
Joined: Apr 2005
Apr 15, 2008 05:18

Dwight,

The Foxboro (State Forest) camp S-75 (USFS), 397-Veteran Corps Company existed from 06/26/1933-10/29/1935. Compared to other CCC camps in Massachusetts this one did not last long. It was composed of military veterans, mostly WWI, offered employment in the Cs. This camp did do a lot of work in communities near to the state forest, but I'm unaware of any record of their work in Stoughton. The Dept. of Conservation (predecessor to DCR) annual reports in 1933-35 states they constructed 40 water holes on state forest and in private-municipal forest lands in Canton, Mansfield, Plainville, Foxborough; cut 5 miles of fire breaks in Sharon, Canton, North Attleboro and Plainville; and 2 miles stream bank and bed clearing along Ten Mile River in North Attleboro and Attleboro. They also planted in unspecified locations 76,000 red and white pine planted on prepared sites; 1,200 white and red pine, red cedar and eastern hemlock. They also did a good amount of gypsy moth control work which could have included Stoughton, but wouldn't leave any remants today, like say a stone lined water hole for fire suppression.

There was another CCC camp S-1,394 VC Company/SP-1, 1170 Company, from June 1933 through Sept. 1937, near Stoughton at Blue Hills Reservation in Milton that could also possibly have done the work you are thinking of.

Regarding Foxboro State Forest, if you contact the Park Supervisor at what is now F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, he might be able to share any information that he has on local CCC projects and sites.


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dwight
Joined: May 2007
Apr 25, 2008 06:15

Thanks for the info.


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Ellen
Joined: May 2008
May 01, 2008 17:51

Hi Dwight,

In addition to contacting the supervisor at F.Gilbert Hills (Ron Clough) you could also contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation MA CCC Archives in Pittsfield, MA. Their phone number is 413-499-4262.

Ellen

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Ellen May


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FullOBlarney
Joined: Feb 2008
Mar 16, 2010 13:11

I recently learned that my grandfather was a member of the CCC's. He was a resident of Waltham, MA at the time. Does anyone know how I can find out what camp he worked at?


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agillman
Joined: Apr 2005
Apr 13, 2010 09:34   modified on Apr 17, 2010 11:21

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Originally posted by: FullOBlarney
I recently learned that my grandfather was a member of the CCC's. He was a resident of Waltham, MA at the time. Does anyone know how I can find out what camp he worked at?

The best way to know where your grandfather served in the Cs is if you happen to have his discharge paper(s). If you don't have this you can get a copy (for a fee) of what records may exist. Visit the CCC Legacy Foundation's website for more information on the process, and what to do with the information once you discover it: http://www.ccclegacy.org/history.htm.

Another resource is the Massachusetts CCC Archives (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/ccc/CCCArchives.htm). Although it is more difficult to locate an enrollee's personal records here, once you know if he served in a Massachusetts camp you may find out more about the camp, the work and life in the Cs.


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FullOBlarney
Joined: Feb 2008
Apr 13, 2010 14:14

Thank you so much!


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dwight
Joined: May 2007
Apr 13, 2013 04:36

Reflecting (finally) on you mention of the water holes they dug, I wonder if you could share more of what you know about the nature and placement of these holes. In Stoughton, many of our holes are depressions left where a granite boulder has been quarried, but there are some, which would seem somehow water retention related. Were these holes which had water pumped or carried into them at intervals...or?


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