Biography of Albert D. Herrin

CCCMan, SCS Camp, Moscow, Idaho

   I'm Albert D. Herrin of Salmon, Idaho. I am 84 years old, being born in Somerset, Kentucky in 1917.

   I enrolled April, 1937 in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Camp and was sent to the CCC Camp in Moscow, Idaho. I was assigned to the Soil Conservation Division as a truck driver. I drove Crew Trucks, flat beds, dump trucks and hauled wood for the winter. I worked mainly around Moscow, Idaho. However, I was detailed to Lewiston, Idaho a few times.

   I helped build dams across ditches on people's farms to control erosion. Later years I came back to the Moscow area and the ditches had been seeded down and the farmers were farming across the ditches where we built the dams.

   One mile south of Moscow, Idaho on Highway 95 still stands today one of the Barracks and the buildings that housed the Officer's Headquarters and the Recreation Hall that I remembered. This is all private property today.

   In the early 1960s, I was living in May, Idaho and I was an Operator/Owner of a Café, Bar and Store. To my surprise a Mr. Rabidue (I don't remember his first name) walked into my business and he remembered me. Mr Rabidue was living in Idaho Falls, Idaho at that time. He had been my Superintendent of Soil Conservation Field Work in the CCCs.

   To my surprise after I got settled in the CCC Camp at Moscow, Idaho, I met an enrollee named Earl Mercer and he was from Monticello (Frazer) Kentucky. He was raised only 17 miles south of my home town of Somerset, Kentucky. Earl and I became great friends, not only friends but brother-in-laws. I married a lady from Moscow, Idaho and Earl married my wife's sister. Earl lived most of his life, after serving four years in the Army, living in Spokane, Washington. Earl Mercer enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps April, 1937, till April, 1939. Earl was a Cook all the years he was in the CCC. Earl Mercer passed away in 1998 and he is buried in Spokane, Washington. He was not only a relative but a very good friend.

   Also I met another Kentuckian at the CCC Camp in Moscow, Idaho. His name was Doc Woods. We was assigned to the Soil Conservation Division as a truck driver. He later hired on to the Garret Freight Line and drive trucks for many years. He was a very good friend.

   I was released from the CCC Camp in January, 1939, to accept another job.

   I'm now retired and live in a small town, but I think back many times on my adventures going West at such a young age. I learned a trade made lots of friends and really enjoyed my CCC days. The money I earned I sent to my parents in Kentucky and that really helped them out because things were pretty tight back then. No jobs were available in my area and I came from a family of eight. I was very grateful to have had the opportunity to get to participate in the Civilian Conservation Corps - CCC - program.

----- Albert D. Herrin


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