The Civilian Conservation Corps in New Hampshire (Part 1)

(Digital Images. Photographs Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette; Text Copyright (c) Cynthia Shenette) My dad, Henry Albert Shenette (1916-1985), served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 17 April 1934 until 30 September 1935. According to his Certificate of Discharge he serve as a "laborer" from 17 April 1934 until 25 June 1935 at Campton, NH.  He continued to serve as a "Cook--Assistant Leader" from 25 June 1935 until 30 September 1935 at Thornton, NH.  

Apparently the military style structure of  CCC camp life must have agreed with him.  When his time in the CCCs was up he spent the next few years in the Army and then enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  He remained in the Navy until he retired from the military in 1957.

Since this month marks the 80th anniversary of the CCCs I thought it would be a good time to post photos from my dad's CCC photo album.   I have about 60 photos in my dad's collection so posting all of them will take a bit time.  

If an ancestor or relative of yours served in the CCCs in Campton or Thornton, NH or the CCCs in general or if you recognize any of the young men in my photos I'd love to hear from you!

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Susan Clark said...

Outstanding pictures. They give such a sense of the time and lifestyle in the CCC. Thanks for sharing them.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Thanks for your comment, Susan! I haven't seen a similar collection online for this particular CCC project, so I kind of feel like I need to share it!

Tammy said...

I've been researching the CCC camp in No. Woodstock on Tripoli Road. I went and found the remains of the camp today with my father. We have been unable to find much information on the camp. Any suggestions would be welcomed! My Grandfather was in this camp in the 1930's. I bought a photo of the camp on ebay, and although it is a great shot of the men at the camp, it offers very little information. I wonder if your camp was similar to this one. I can't wait to show my Dad your photo's. It may give him a sense of the style camp that his Dad was in. Thanks for posting!

Unknown said...

Just ran across your images and would love to get in touch with you as I am currently working on a book about the CCC camps in New Hampshire's White Mountains. While I have yet to visit this particular camp site, my co-author has and I will be checking it out in a few weeks time. We are in need to images for the book so if that's something you could help us out with, it would be much appreciated.

Unknown said...

Just ran across your CCC images and would like to get in touch with you as I am currently working in a book about the CCC camps in the White Mountains. While I have yet to visit the Tripoli Road camp site, I have visited a half dozen other sites this summer and will be checking out the rest in the next couple of weeks. My co-author has already been to the Tripoli Road site. As we are in need of photos, it would be great if you would consider sharing some for our book project. Please let me know if that's a possibility.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Hi "Unknown,"

I would be happy to talk with you further. Please contact me at cshenette at gmail dot com.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Kenneth Grey said...

Pleased to learn of the continuing interest in the CCC camps in Thornton and Woodstock.As a small child I accompanied my father on scavenging expeditions to the abandoned camps.As I was around 4 years of age at the time my recollections are somewhat vague as to the exact layouts inside.I recallthe exact spot off Rt #3 in Thornton,but only somewhere on the Tripoli Road from Woodstock to Waterville.The workers did magnificent work in the White Mountain National Forest and I believe that many of their bridges are still intact!