Biography of Charles E. Gloyd

CCC Man, Company 1603, Camp Mondo River / Company 660, Manitowish River, Wisconsin

          Charles E. Gloyd, from Eagle River, WI, joined the CCC in May 1933. After spending one week at Fort Sheridan for outfitting, he was shipped to Camp Mondo River (1603). After a year there, he spent three months at Camp 660, somewhere on the Manitowish River.

       Much of the work that he did was reforestation; clearing out the junk growth that occurs after an area is logged off. "Gooseberry chasing" was another common activity. Blister rust was causing stunted growth among white pines. The forestry department believed that gooseberry and current bushes were the cause of the blister rust, so these plants were to be eradicated.

       Another frequent job was "scalping." This was hated with uniform intensity. A man would take a grub-hoe, or mattocks, and scrape clean an area of about 12 to 18 inches in diameter. All vegetation had to be removed for future planting. Then, he would move forward two steps and do it again, and thus continue throughout the day. This work was done in preparation for future planting of seedlings.

       Dad loved the CCC. He worked hard and learned a lot, and made many friends.

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