Ellsworth CCC Camp Co. 193rd SP-1

Roster:

FIRST LT. M. M. BECKWITH, INF.-Res., COMMANDING

LIEUT (J.G.). H . W. JONES, USNR., EXCHANGE OFFICER

LEON G. HAGOPIAN, M.D., C.P., SURGEON

JAMES A. WILLEY, CEA

TECHNICAL PERSONNEL Patrick J. Boylan, Supt.; Walter F. Tefft, James A. Mattatall, Edward C. Cameron, Edward F. Cousins, Allie B. Marshall, Zenus W. Tabbutt, John B. Gooch.

LEADERS Perley H. Adams, Houlton, Maine; Carleton Boulette, Madison, Maine; Donat Duquet, Waterville, Maine ; George C. Elsemore, Millinocket, Maine; Clifton W. Larrabee, Rockland, Maine; Wilfred H. Madoure, Millinocket, Maine; Bertrand E. McClain, Millinocket, Maine; James H. Mcinnis, Millinocket, Maine; Gerald A. Whiston, Millinocket, Maine.

ASSISTANT LEADERS C. K. Barrows, Bangor, Me.; R. L. Bennoch, Ellsworth, Me.; W. F. Bradbury, Ellsworth, Me.; N. E. Cairns, Bucksport, Me.; L. Charette, Fort Kent, Me.; L. D. Conners, Ellsworth, Me.; H. ]. Grant, Millinocket, Me. ; R. C. Maddix, Princeton, Me.; R. F. Marshall, Plaisted, Me.; D. H. Murch, Ellsworth, Me.; C. L. Nadeau, Eagle Lake, Me.; D. A. Pray, Madison, Me.

MEMBERS Allen, B. J., Ellsworth, Me. Arnold, C. W., York Village, Me. Babin, D., Fort Kent, Me. Baker, W. J., Anson, Me. Bayrd, R. F., Unionville, Me. Beaulier, D., Portage Lake, ME. Beaulieu, E. L., Grande Isle, Me. Beaulieu, V. J., Grande Isle, Me. Beaupre, C., Caribou, Me. Berry, T. A., Joonesport, Me. Bilton, W. T., Drewsden, Me. Bishop, R., E. Millinocket, Me. Bouchrd, A., Caribou, Me. Bouchard, C. J., Frenchville, Me. Bouchard, M. A., Fort Kent, Me. Bouchard, L., Caribou, Me. Bowden, S. T., Augusta ME. Boyce, W. H., Portland Me. Brooks, H. R., Anson, Me. Calvert, J. J., Portland, ME. Casey, F. D., East Millinocket, ME. Cassidy, E. A., Brownville, ME. Chamberlain, J. C., Caribou, ME. Chapman, P. E., Ashland, ME. Chartcharaick, J. S., Portland, ME. Chouinard, L. R., Skowhegan, ME. Christl, R. S., Portland, ME. Cole, M. E., Portland, ME. Cote, C. F., Old Town, ME. Crocker, F., Augusta, ME. Crosby, H. E., Bangor, ME. Cunliffe, T. H., Houlton, ME. Cyr, D. L., Caribou, ME. Dalton, E. L., St. Francis, ME. Dixon, A., Bangor, ME. Dyer, R. B., Waterville, ME. Eldridge, F. F., Bangor, ME. Fernald, W. D., Kittery, ME. Gallagher, R. M. East Machias, ME. Geary, A. S., Vinalhaven, ME. Graham, R. H., Bridgeton, ME. Grant, L., Clinton, MASS. Barlow, J. R., Rockland, ME. Havey, G. C., North Sullivan, ME. Henry, A., Millinocket, ME. Jewett, P. E., Pownal, ME. Johnson, J. D., Portland, ME. Jordan, R. E., Hancock, ME. Keith, R. O., Old Town, ME. Kelley, A. F., Caribou, ME. Labbe, O., Eagle Lake, ME. Landry, J. F., Patten, ME. Lasante, G. J., Sanford, ME. Levasseur, L. P., Van Buren, ME. Levesque, M., Caribou, ME. Manzo, M. A., East Holden, ME. McBride, R. E., Mapleton, ME. McKay, E. L., Calais, ME. McInnis, H. F., Dover-Foxcroft, ME. McKenzie, M. H., Bancroft, ME. McNeil, V. R., Bangor, ME. Merchant, R. C., West Jonesport, ME. Michaud, B., Eagle Lake, ME. Michaud, H. L., St. Francis, ME. Michaud, L. D., Waterville, ME. Michaud, M. E., Frenchville, ME. Mitchell, M., Guilford, ME. Moore, G. G., Ellsworth Falls, ME. Morin, U. J., Van Buren, ME. Moreault, R., Upper Frenchville, ME. Nelson, C. E., Howland, ME. Paradis, G., Rrenchville, ME. Paterson, O. C., Bluehill, ME. Peabody, F. G., Kennebunk, ME. Pelletier, M. G., Fort Kent, ME. Peterson, B. P., Portland, ME. Picken, W. H., Sanford, ME. Pirie, C., Trenton, ME. Plaisted, C. V., South Windham, ME. Plourd, P. D., St. Francis, ME. Redding, C. E., Calais, ME. Ross, C. T., Long Island, ME. Roy, C. M., Upper Frenchville, ME. Roy, C. J., Manchester, ME. Saucier, P., Eagle Lake, ME. Sawyer, R. M., Linneus, ME. Scrivens, S. R., Ellsworth, ME. Shaw, A. L., Macwahoc, ME. Simmons, B. D., Port Clyde, ME. Small, D.E., Bucksport, ME. Smart, A., Eagle Lake, ME. Smith, A., Eagle Lake, ME. Smith, M. W., Vinalhaven, ME. Smith, R. A., Jr., Belfast, ME. Spaulding, K. F., Madison, ME. Staples, L. L., Rockland, ME. Stevens, H. J., Ashland, ME. Stratton, R. L., Portland, ME. Swett, L. W., Massardis, ME. Taylor, F. F., Jackson, ME. Thibeau, I. J., Livermore Falls, ME. Thibodeau, E. I., Fort Kent, ME. Tuttle, W. M., York Village, ME. Vaillancourt, L., Rumford, ME. Vigue, V. G., Waterville, ME. Voisine, L. J., Fort Kent, ME. White, C. W., Hopden Heads, ME. Wiles, G., Fort Kent, ME. Withee, A. W., Hampden, ME. Woods, F. F., Portland, ME. Young, R. L., Robbinston, ME.

The 193rd Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps was founded at District Headquarters, Fort Williams, Maine, on June 7, 1933. On the nineteenth of the same month it numbered one hundred and twenty men and was sent to Millinocket, Maine. In July it was brought up to strength through further enrollments. The company stayed in Millinocket until the thirty-first of October, 1935, when it was moved to its present location in Ellsworth. Its history falls into two sections, first the time spent at Millinocket and, second, the Ellsworth era. The Millinocket camp, Camp Baxter, was a private land camp under the supervision of the Maine Forestry Department. Road building was the chief work of the camp. The most important road ran from Millinocket to Big Windy Pitch in the Baxter State Park, a distance of approximately twenty-five miles. Other jobs were the building of a wharf on the Ambejejus Lake at Millinocket; construction of a fire tower; clearing right-of-way for a phone line; and working on the Apalachian Trail, clearing brush and building bridges. The camp had, during the course of its existence, three side camps. Togue Pond was the largest of these having a hundred man capacity. The Grant Brook side camp crew fought for three weeks on one of the largest forest fires ever had in Maine. On the lands of the Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket a fire burned for three weeks before being brought to a full stop. This fire was in a dangerous spot, since it threatened the town, but largely through the work of the 193rd it was stopped. Several other fires were fought but the two mentioned were most important. The Ellsworth-Bar Harbor camp, commonly known as Camp Governor Brann, is a State Park Camp under the supervision of the National Park officials. The majority of the work projects lie on the lands of Acadia National Park. A road running along the shores of Green Lake at Green Lake makes the portion of the park in that locality more accessible to the public; a truck trail running from this road into the park lands will be valuable to the public, and as a fire prevention aid; at the Federal Fish Hatchery at Orland, ten concrete pools of unique design will enable the hatchery to care for two hundred and fifty thousand more fish; landscape work on the Ellsworth-Bar Harbor highway has materially improved the scenic value of this road; beautification and fire hazard reduction at Fort Knox in the town of Bucksport have made it more pleasing for visitors; and a camp on the park lands at Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor works entirely on the park property there. These men have much to show for their effort; a truck trail for fire prevention, ornamental portals at the park entrance, fire hazard reduction, table and bench combinations, parking areas, and beautification in general keep them continually busy. A Grouping the two periods of company life and considering them from other than work angles, there are a few interesting facts. Several of the supervisory – . personnel have been promoted to more important positions in the Corps; these include two educational advisers, one surgeon, and one commanding officer. The same man has been company clerk since the , time of origin. Good boxers have always been common. The baseball team of 1936 won the sub-district championship. The bowling team participates in a local league. The camp library has grown to fifteen hundred volumes. A workshop has been acquired and a good selection of hand and power tools installed. Through the whole history of the company runs the name of the present commanding officer, Lieut. Milledge M. Beckwith. He joined the company as junior officer in July of 1933, and has been with it ever since. Rumor has had it several times that the camp was to close immediately. These rumors have been consistent for over a year, but the old 193rd still goes on her way. We hope that she shall go on for some time to come. [1937 Yearbook]

One of the member of the 193rd Company who was transferred from Millinocket to Ellsworth was Kenneth E. Young: “We arrived in Ellsworth on November 1, 1935, and I remained there until June 9, 1936 when I resigned to accept employment. At Ellsworth, we worked on the Rockefeller roads on Mt. Desert island. We also worked at Green Lake and on other roads in the vicinity. One of my principle jobs was striking and holding drills in the hand drill crew (for blasting). We were told that if we could drill six or seven feet of rock in a day we were doing a good job. We did it day after day. To the best of my knowledge, there was no such thing as a pneumatic drill at that time.” [Public Interest]

Schoodic Side Camp in July 1936 Brann News

“Just a few words in regards to our new side camp at Schoodic. The camp is situated 30 miles from Ellsworth on the coast of Winter Harbor. It is one of the prettiest locations we have ever had for any side camp, and any man in the company who has any doubts about going to Schoodic should decide in favor of it. A well has been piped and wonderful water is to be had from it. You have a naturally beautiful view of this states rugged coast line, and a view of the ocean that stretches to merry old England, that is if the eye could see that far. In a bay, a short distance from it has camp, good a ____ may be enjoyed. A cool breeze predominates at all times and hot, sultry weather is forgotten in the coolness of the of the ocean winds. It is 4 miles to the village of Winter Harbor where a movie is to seen for those so interested. One of Uncle Sam’s best Radio Stations is a short distance to the right of the camp and a fine bunch of naval recruits and officers are stationed there. A suitable recreation hall has been built, and a fine shower and wash room. Two hospital tents and a mess hall, that is second to none for neatness and serviceability, is fast becoming a reality. Foresters quarters, and issue building for tools, a nice hospital building, a pump house and an oil house completes one of the best side camps any of you men could wish for, of any member who can be sent there. Thanks to Mr. Boylan and the cooperation of his forester’s for a good side camp for 50 of the gang.”

Chimney from the dispensary building. All that is left from the camp.

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