Biography of Wallace C. Trotter
CCCMan, Camp Buck Knot, Mt. Ida, Arkansas
I was in the CCCs. Me and my buddy lied about our ages and went in when we were 16 years old. We got $30.00 per month. $15 was sent to your home and folks. You got $7.50 and $7.50 was held until you got out. I got $4.00 or $5.00 more as I was a lead guy.
I was in the C.C.C. at Camp Buck Knot, out of Mt. Ida, Ark. I do not remember the Company Number. Besides the local Arkansas enrollees in camp, we also had some boys from New York and New Jersey.
We built roads and dams and fought forest fires. We had our own Saw Mill. We cut lumber for all the C's from several states.
We had one civilian who ran the saw carriage. I was in charge of the lumber and drove the truck. We really did a lot of work and training.
I was in the CCC's on December 7, 1941, when the war started. Then early in '42 they shut the camp down. Me and my buddy got out. Some they shipped out west. When they got there they were shutting that camp down also, so all they got was a long train ride.
I trust this information is useful to you. There are very few C guys left.
----- Wallace Trotter
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