Title: Roosevelt's Tree Army
Author: Jonathan Copsey
Publisher: The Beacon
Connie Huddleston, past president of the RHS and current chair of the Hembree Farm committee, presented her research and book detailing Georgia's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Roosevelt was inaugurated in March of 1933 and by the end of the month had passed the legislation calling for the creation of the CCC, to be enacted that summer. At the time of its passage, almost one in four young men were unemployed; the CCC was to make 500,000 jobs for the young men creating and restoring the nation's parks.
Paid $30 a month, the men kept $5 and sent the rest of it to their families all over the country. The men lived in camps and were trained and commanded by the army. They were taught useful skills such as operating machinery and construction from locals who lived near the camps. Meanwhile, they were put to work felling trees and making paths through forests, erecting dams and bridges. In Georgia alone, 10 state parks and three national parks were created, so were the battlefield parks of Kennesaw and Chickamauga-Chattanooga. Many of these parks are still in use today.
Among the many interesting little details of the book, according to Huddleston, is a photographer named Anderson. This man, of which little is known, was a semi-official photographer of the work the CCC did, traveling the country taking pictures of bridges and fire watch-towers. etc. But, in nearly all of his pictures, there is an unknown woman, fashionably dressed and acting like a tourist.
The Roswell Historical Society is continuing a year-long series of fundraising events with Dinner at Barrington Hall on June 6. For more information call the society office at 770-992-1665.