Biography of Simon Bland Pearce

Enrollee, Company 411, Camp Kephart Prong, Camp NP-5, Smokemont, North Carolina

   My father, Simon Bland Pearce was from Youngsville, North Carolina, born on June 21, 1911. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps when it was started, begining work on June 5th, 1933 constructing roads and bridges. He was a Member of Company 411 Kephart Prong, NC. The Camp was nineteen miles  from Kephart Prong and the nearest post office was Smokemont, and the nearest Railhead was Bryson City. Their project was the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

   After the CCC he went to work for and completed 38 years of service for the Seaboard Railroad. He married Mary Susan Pearce. He passed away on January 19th, 1986. I am his oldest son.

   I have an annual with some photographs of the camp and a Roster (linked below). I also had the pleasure of recently visiting the Kephart Prong Trail off 441 near Cherokee, NC. There are remnants of CCC camp 411 all along the trail. They include foundations, chimmey,water fountain, and other remnants. I plan on returning this summer to take some more pictures.

----- Carl Pearce

         carl777@bellsouth.net

LINKS

Company 411 Roster and Group Photos (PDF), Two Pages, Camp Kephart Prong, Company 411, Camp NP-5-NC, Smokemont, North Carolina (link to Free Acrobate Reader Download on page)

Company 411 Camp Photo (PDF), Camp Kephart Prong, Company 411, Camp NP-5-NC, Smokemont, North Carolina (link to Free Acrobate Reader Download on page)

Biography of James William Biggs, Leader, CCCMan, Company 411, Camp NP-5-NC,Camp Kephart Prong, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City, North Carolina

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