HOW DOES THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS MAKE BETTER MEN
(One of the several [carryi?] sumbitte by member of the company.)
The young men who join the C.C.C. have often been careless with their future. Their good points have not been brought to light. In the C.C.C. each man is shown or given a chance to prove himself that he has a place in the world of manhood.
His health is guarded carefully and the food that he eats is good and wholesome. Therefore he is able to maintain a healthy body and a clear mind which are essential in making himself physically fit to compete in the daily battle of
[one?] against the world.
There are schools in the camps, which
makes it possible to a young man to complete his school work or to
refresh his mind in his studies. It is possible for him to forge
ahead from where he left off in school. In the schools his mind is
trained to be alert and to function more easily, to enable him to
make use of his learning.
The y0ung men in the C.C.C. only receive
a small allowance each month. Therefor he is trained in the [morne?]
of making the most of his money,, for his allowance only permits him a few luxuries and teaches him to govern himself as well as his money.
The care of the clothing is another essential part in the making of a better man. It teaches them to keep their clothes clean and neat and to keep up their personal appearance. This will help them in the business that they may enter upon leaving the C.C.C.
Cleanliness is another factor in the making of better men. The young men in the C.C.C. are taught the meaning of cleanliness of body as well as the mind. They are taught to keep their barracks clean, their beds the same and to be clean in their talk.
The young men are taught a trade, if they don’t have one. They are shown how to make the best use of their training, to make themselves useful in the work on the camp’s projects. They are trained to be workers and not shirkers, to face work with a smile – will and a determination to forge ahead.
The young men in the C.C.C. are taught to be gentlemen at all times, to govern their tempers and be courteous, to face life’s toils with a smile, to face the world with their heads held high and their shoulder squared, and with a will to do their share in the making of the world of tomorrow.
So with all those things in mind, do you believe that the .C.C.C. Is making better men?
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MR. MEFFORD
I was born December 5, 1899 at Wapakoneta, Ohio. My education includes grade school at Wapakoneta, Ohio, High School at Lima, Ohio, A.B. Degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan.
Served as musician in the army during the World War.
After completing my college work I worked in several landscape offices to acquire diversified experience. They include Etheleyn Harrison’s office, Cleveland, Ohio, Country estate work, Warner and Warner, Civil Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, Landscape development on the 2500 acre Cranbrook School grounds.
I have been in the business for myself for seven years. My office being located at Lima, Ohio. I was planning Engineer and Landscape Architect for the Allen Company, F.E.R.A., one year previous to entering the National Park Service.
I have been in the National Park Service since March 2, 1925, rated as senior foreman, and have been stationed at John Bryan Park to date.
My work here has been very interesting and my contacts with the C.C.C. B0ys has been most pleasant. I think we have one of the best camps in the state, and the boys are contributing some hi9gh class workmanship on the projects completed andunder constructionl. May finishi the job and develop a park which will be the showplace of the state.