History of 641st Civilian Conservation Corps Company

 

CCC Company 641, Camp Nine Mile, Camp F-2, Eagle River, Wisconsin

 

From Sparta Civilian Conservation Corps District, Sixth Corps Area, 1937 Annual

 

History 641st Company
Camp Nine Mile
, F-2
Wisconsin
Eagle River
, Wisconsin

          Camp Nine Mile, F-2, 641st Company, CCC, one of the oldest CCC Camps in Wisconsin, is located on Upper nine Mile Lake, from which the name of the camp is derived. The site on which the camp is located consists of stumps, brush, and burned-over land, and when, on April 27, 1933, the small detachment of Milwaukee men arrived, their first duty was to clear away this debris and make ready for the main body of men, which arrived on May 8, 1933. The first full company was made up entirely of  Milwaukee men. These men lived in tents until barracks were completed.

          Capt. Everett Bush was the first company commander. He had charge of the camp from April 27, 1933, to September 15, 1933. Major O.G. Pitts, who was Sub-District commander, established district headquarters at Camp Nine Mile for several months during 1933. Lieut. Walter Gallup succeeded Capt. Bush on September 16, 1933, and commanded the company until December 31, 1933, when he was succeeded by Lieut. Thomas, who was with the company until April 1, 1934. On April 1, 1934, Capt. Geo. B. Lowe took command and he was stationed at Nine Mile until November 1, 1934, when he was relieved by Lieut. Howard Van Schiack, who was in charge of the company until July 1, 1935. On July 1, 1935, Lieut. Elmer Fredericks succeeded Lieut. Van Schiack. Lieut. Fredericks commanded the company until August 4, 1936, when Capt. R.A. Brazda took charge. On March 23, 1937, Lieut. Geo. E. Wood succeeded Capt. Brazda, and Lieut. Wood was in command when the company received orders to disband the camp on May 30, 1937.

          The remainder of the staff consisted of Lieut. C.L. Flagel, Lieut. M.M. Dunn, M.D.; and Oliver C. King, educational adviser.

          Some of the outstanding accomplishments of Camp Nine Mile are: Under supervision of the forestry personnel, 4,600 acres of Norway pine, jack pine, white spruce and white pine were planted; timber stand improvement, 2,500 acres; conducted rodent control over 5,000 acres; white pine blister rust control over 2,400 acres, general and roadside fire hazard reduction, 2,000 acres; constructed and maintained eighty miles of road; stream improvement one and one-half miles; constructed, operated and maintained one trout-rearing pond; developed two picnic and camp grounds at Butternut-Franklin Lakes, and Anvil Lake; and have spent 2,500 man-days fighting thirty-six fires in four years. On January 29, 1937, three forestry and one Army truck, together with sixteen men, were dispatched to the flood area to assist in the rescue of flood victims. Men from the camp participated in many expeditions into the northern wilderness to locate lost persons.

          The camp has one of the finest libraries in the country, the men have access to some 3,000 volumes, together with a varied selection of magazines and newspapers.

          Camp Nine Mile has many outstanding accomplishments, and it is to be regretted that the 641st Company has passed out of existence. Some 2,000 men have come and gone during its four years of life.

----- Submitted by Curator

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