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CCC REUNION HELD
By Marshall McClung
Several local residents and those from communities in nearby counties served here including C.W. Cape, Cornelius Hall, Garfield "Garr" Postell from Topton, Oscar Morgan from Nantahala, Clinton Sawyer, Bruce Hollifield, Lewis Shook, Wayne Holloway, Smoky McIntosh, Fred Crawford of Andrews, Rock Atwell, and Vincent Mehaffey. Jack and Media Shuler operated a restaurant in Robbinsville where many of the CCC "Boys" would eat when they came to Robbinsville. Ruth Jordan worked as a waitress in the restaurant which was located in the present day Arthur Millsaps insurance building on Main Street. Another restaurant they operated at one time was located nearby.
Oscar Morgan said he helped trim road rights of way, worked in the kitchen, operated an incinerator, beat tin cans flat and buried them, operated a boiler, worked in the storeroom and mess hall. He was sent to Alabama to attend a cooking school and would have been a mess sergeant, but left the CCC when his time was up. You could only stay in the CCC for two years unless you were a leader. Morgan said he made $30 a month which was good money then. He bought his first car, a 1934 Chevrolet.
Morgan was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the 29th Division, 116th Regiment and saw action on Omaha Beach among other places. Morgan said he did not get even a scratch during the war and attributed this to a lot of people praying to God for him.
Cornelius Hall served as a "waterboy", cut brush, did erosion control work on road banks, helped trim the Appalachian Trail and other trails in the Slickrock Creek section, and road maintenance. Cornelius later worked with the U.S. Forest Service from 1951-1967.
C.W. Cape did a lot of tree planting and saw seedlings he planted near the site of the present ranger station become large trees. Cape recalled a fight he once had in the mess hall. Cape said he wasn't punished for fighting since officials felt the other man "had it coming."
Fred Crawford recalled helping Frank Swan build the Swan Cabin located in the Wolf Laurel section of Big Santeetlah. Crawford, who was 15 at the time said he helped notch the logs and build stack bunks for the cabin. Crawford went to work in the CCC and served as a fire lookout in the Haoe Bald Fire Tower which has since been dismantled and removed. Crawford also served in the Joanna Bald Fire Tower which is still in operation.Crawford recalled some large fires including one on a mountain between Marble and Andrews that burned about 300 acres.
Many of the CCC members said they felt Smoky McIntosh was the best cook they ever had. McIntosh served as head cook and presently lives in the Long Creek community.
Media Shuler and Ruth Jordan said it was not unusual for 50 or 60 CCC "boys" to be in their restaurant at one time. There was a poolroom in the back. A meal cost 75¢ and taxi fare was 50¢ for a trip from the CCC camp to town and back. There was a jukebox and dancing was permitted, but card playing was not. People fighting were "bounced out" of the place. Media said the majority of the CCC men were well mannered and not much of a problem.
Jim Burchfield who recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service organized the reunion. Burchfield said the reunion was something he had wanted to see happen for a long time, and hopes it will become an annual event.
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