Biography of Olivet Randall

CCCman, Leipsic Delaware

     My eyes fill with tears while remembering my first day I arrived at Leipsic Delaware. I had just had an argument with my father about my quiting my education after finishing high school. I decided I wanted to join the CCC.  I had a little experience living with boys in a dormitory setting but never in my wildest dreams was I prepared for what happened my first day. I arrived in camp, it was about 330 in the afternoon, and  I was saying to myself this is not so bad and feeling of myself to have made what I considered a wise decision. About 430 that afternoon it sounded like thunder and to my surprise some of the wildest men I had ever seen started jumping from trucks and acting like animals and I said to myself what have I got myself into.  But these men turned to be some of the finest people I have ever known.

     Leipsic is located about seven miles south east of Smyrana Delaware. Our camp was first called MS-1, Mosquito Control. To get rid of the Mosquitos, we went into the swamps and turned all the stagnant waters into running water. This stops the mosquitos from breeding and when he can't breed he dies.

   After we secured the area of Mosquitos, we became FWS-1 which is now known as the fish and wild life service. After we became FWS-1 we became the saviour of fish and wild life by drilling wells and capping them. I would not be surprised if some are still running. We also dug duck ponds where wild life could live.

   As I said, when I first joined the CCCs, I could not believe what I got myself into. But believe it or not it became one of the greatest experiences of my life. I also met the love of my life to whom I have been with ever since. Thank you for allowing me to share it you.

----- Olivet Randall



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