Biography of Carroll S. Collins

CCC Man, Company 383, Camp S-95-PA, La Porte, Pennsylvania

8th & 9th Air Force, USAAF

       I was 17 years old when I enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps at 30th Street and Market Streets in West Philadelphia on April 15th, 1935. After a short physical we were sent by train to Fort Hoyle, Maryland for three days. There were fifteen other men with me. We did yard work, picking up cigarette butts et cetera. We were given a more thorough physical and immunization shots for typhoid, paratyphoid and small pox. This three day stint was called reconditioning the men.

   On the 18th of April we went by train to Williamsport, Pennsylvania where we were sent by truck to our camp in La Porte, Pennsylvania. When the "veterans" found we were from Philly, we were hazed. If you resisted it was worse. Mostly they cut hair.

   Next day we were assigned to crews. My foreman was John Moore, a Foreman Lumberjack. We had four foreman, each being in charge of a different project. Our Company was building a park. Our Project became a State Park, called World's End State Park..

   Our job, my crew's, was cutting trees for the park cabin's and building them. The cabins were built of stone and wood. The stones for the cabins, fireplaces and walkways were from the Woods and river rock. Slabs could be made by shivering them off the rocks.

   My crew also was involved in brushing out for fire lanes. Another crew made a swimming pool for the park. All told we constructed a swimming pool, log cabins, and other activities such as planting trees. In 1936, there was a flood in Williams Port and adjacent towns. As a CCC member, I helped to guard homes from looting after the flood. While I was stationed there.

  Worlds End State Park which is still in existance.

----- Carroll S. Collins

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