Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my aunt taken in 1965, maybe Christmas Eve, in her family living room in New Castle, Delaware.  She was 14 years old.

Diane Odgers
1951 - 2002

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my great-aunt and her husband taken in 1944 at the Davis studios, maybe in Wilmington, Delaware.

Irvin Pinder (1920 - 1987)
Norma Lea (LeGates) Pinder (1922 - 1992)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Record of Physical Examination - Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed between 1933 and 1942.  It employed millions of unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 25 on projects in rural areas owned primarily by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.  The men served a term of six months, but they could serve up to four terms. They earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to their families.

This is my maternal grandfather's Record of Physical Examination while he was in the CCC.  He was generally healthy throughout his service.  He was recorded as being 71 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds with 20/20 eyesight and hearing.  He was vaccinated for Typhoid-paratyphoid and Smallpox.  He did spend two days, 17 March through 19 March 1937, in the hospital with tonsillitis, but he made a complete recovery.



Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my great-aunt taken in 1940 outside of her family home in Trenton, New Jersey.  She was 20 years old.

Margaret Bunting
1920 - 2008

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Transfers

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed between 1933 and 1942.  It employed millions of unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 25 on projects in rural areas owned primarily by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.  The men served a term of six months, but they could serve up to four terms. They earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to their families.

This is a record of my maternal grandfather's transfers while he was in the CCC.  He was transferred two times.  Once to Camp Squaw Creek and once to Camp Dix, New Jersey.


Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my great-aunt (18 years old) and my maternal grandmother (23 years old) taken outside of their family home in Trenton, New Jersey in 1938.

Margaret Bunting (1920 - 2008)
Kathryn (Bunting) Branyan (1915 - 1998)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my maternal grandmother and aunt taken in 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware.  My grandmother was 28 years old.

Kathryn (Bunting) Branyan (1915 - 1998)
Kathleen Branyan (1944 - 1947)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Additional Remarks

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed between 1933 and 1942.  It employed millions of unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 25 on projects in rural areas owned primarily by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.  The men served a term of six months, but they could serve up to four terms. They earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to their families.

This is a copy of a CCC Additional Remarks Form regarding my maternal grandfather.  He was appointed as a Leader one time and an Assistant Leader four times.  He was a Leader for Mosquito Control, Road Construction, and Forestry Labor.  He was an Assistant Leader for Mosquito Control three times and once for Forestry Labor.

He was hospitalized once for two days, 17 March to 19 March 1937.  He would have been doing Mosquito control in Lewes, Delaware.

My grandfather had four absences, one without permission.  For that one he was admonished, but no hearing was held.

It is again noted that he had an eighth grade education and that he had been employed as a grocery clerk.

While in the CCC my grandfather did Mosquito Control, Road Construction with a pick and shovel, and Forestry Labor with an ax.  He also attended Life Saving School and spent some time traveling.

It is noted that my grandfather was a reliable and willing worker.




Photo of the Day

This is a school photo of my maternal grandmother taken in 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey.  She would have been 11 or 12 years old.

Kathryn (Bunting) Branyan
1915 - 1998

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my maternal grandmother and aunt taken in 1944 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Kathryn (Bunting) Branyan (1915 - 1998)
Kathleen Branyan (1944 - 1947)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my aunt taken outside her family home in Wilmington, Delaware in 1945.  She was one year old.

Kathleen Branyan
1944 - 1947

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Record of Service in Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed between 1933 and 1942.  It employed millions of unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 25 on projects in rural areas owned primarily by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.  The men served a term of six months, but they could serve up to four terms. They earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to their families.

This is a copy of my maternal grandfather's Record of Service in the Civilian Conservation Corps.  My great-grandfather died when my grandfather was nine years old.  When he finished grammar school, my grandfather got a job to help support his family.  At the time he signed his application to join the CCC,  he had been unemployed for two years.  He left his job as a grocery clerk in December 1932 at 15 years of age.  $25 of his $30 a month earnings while in the CCC was sent home to his mother to help support his family.  Most men in the CCC did the same, naming their mothers as their dependent relative.

From 3 January 1935 to 1 June 1937 and from 13 June to 7 October 1937, my grandfather participated in mosquito control in Lewes, Delaware. His unit drained mosquito-infested swamps on Delaware farms by digging drainage ditches leading away from the marshy areas. Stagnant ponds and streams, mosquito breeding places, were freshened by pumping fresh water into the stagnant water areas. The fresh water killed the mosquito larvae.

From 2 June to 12 June 1937 (a break from mosquito control), my grandfather participated in life saving school in Lewes, Delaware.  I grew up hearing that my grandfather was a lifeguard in Lewes.  I think I found a connection!

From 7 October to 11 October 1937, my grandfather traveled to Slate Creek, Idaho.  Once there he participated in road construction until 15 December 1937.

From 16 December 1937 to 1 April 1938, he did forestry labor with a pick in Gibbon, Oregon.  After that, he must have had enough of the Civilian Conservation Corps, because he declined to reenlist.  From 1 April to 5 April he traveled to Camp Dix, New Jersey.  He was discharged from there on 8 April 1938.



Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my aunt taken in August 1944 outside of her family home in Wilmington, Delaware.  She was four months old.

Kathleen Branyan
1944 - 1947

Friday, April 8, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my aunt and paternal grandparents taken in 1957.

Diane Odgers (1951 - 2002)
William Odgers, Sr. (1918 - 1986)
Ellen (LeGates) Odgers (1924 - 1970)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my aunt taken on Easter in 1965 in her family living room in New Castle, Delaware.  She was 14 years old.

Diane Odgers
1951 - 2002

United States Department of Labor Emergency Conservation Work: Application Memorandum

The Civilian Conservation Corps existed between 1933 and 1942.  It employed millions of unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 25 on projects in rural areas owned primarily by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.  The men served a term of six months, but they could serve up to four terms. They earned $30 a month, $25 of which was sent home to their families.

This is a copy of my maternal grandfather's Application Memorandum dated 15 December 1934.  He wrote down the wrong birth year.  He was born in 1917, not 1916.

My great-grandfather died when my grandfather was nine years old.  When he finished grammar school, my grandfather got a job to help support his family.  At the time he signed this application he had been unemployed for two years.  He left his job as a grocery clerk in December 1932.  He would have been 15 years old at that time.

$25 of his $30 a month earnings while in the CCC was sent home to his mother to help support his family.  Most men in the CCC did the same, naming their mothers as their dependent relative.


Physician's Affidavit of March 30, 1893

This Physician's Affidavit is part of my 3rd great-grandfather's Civil War Pension File.  It was filed on March 30, 1893.  It was 28...