Granddaddy (Lester Howard) was discharged from the Civilian Conservation Corps in June 1937. I love how the Certificate of Discharge gives a description of his. Brown Hair. Brown eyes. Ruddy Complexion. (Just what is a ruddy complexion?!) Five feet, 6 1/2 inches.
The service record for my grandfather tells me much I already knew [...]
CCC Buddies My grandfather made a number of very good friends while serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930′s. This photograph of Lester with his CCC buddies was taken in High Point, NC. (After serving at the camp in Old Fort, NC, Granddaddy was transferred to a camp in High Point, NC.) [...]
Lester Howard recovering from pneumonia Not long after arriving at the CCC camp in Old Fort, NC, Granddaddy became ill. Quite ill, actually. Here are his words: …I did not get out of bed. When I did not report the C.O. and the company Dr., a Captain Kerr, came to check. After examining me [...]
My grandfather James Lester Howard (Lester) was a good cook. It was not unusual to wake up and find him in the kitchen making a full breakfast. I was particularly fond of his cooked apples. He told us he learned to cook when he served in the CCC camps as a young man.
It was [...]