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Dinner time, December k% 1933 > was
the occasion for a very short, out memorable ceremony", wherein was presented
to Lt. 'Ralph V. Zwicker, retiring commanding officer of this company, a
Hudson "Bay jacket, as, an expression of
the esteem in which he is held "by the
men under his command,
Lt. Zwicker took over the company
on August >i 1933- Since that time he
has instituted and completed the construction of cur present permanent quar.-
ters, "building what we have often "been
told is the best all round camp in the
sub-district and the least expensive.
On being relieved, Lt. Zwicker will
return to duty with the 3rd U. S. Infantry, Fort Snelling, Minn.
This is for the information of
those members of the Company who believe
that the Camp Exchange is being ran for
The facts of the situation are as
Articles are sold to you for no more
and often for.less than you can buy
them elsewhere. All profits accruing
from sales are put into the Company
Fund from which they are distributed
for the benefit of the individuals of
the Company. It is this money that
paid for the piano, skiis, tobaggons;
that has paid and will pay for parties,
dances, etc. In fact, according to
Far Department regulations, all money
lfifj iia A^^fs^-^hQT. - this- eespaiy i s
disbanded is to be distributed equally among the members of the organization.
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LT. ..WICKER BET-THUS TO FT. SHELLING-
"Pursuant to special order Ho. 301, Headquarters, Ft. Snelling, Minn., Lt.
Zwicker was relieved from temporary duty
with Co. 1716, C C C on December 20,1933
and ordered to Ft. Snelling.
Lt. Zwicker's parting message to the
"Men, during the past five months you
and I have been traveling a road together. This road has been up hill and down,
smooth and rough. When we of this company started our journey, the trail a-
head looked dreary and overgrown with
brambles. Through hard work and loyal
support on your part, we have widened
that trail to meet the standards of a
first class highway ,not- perfect,but good.
You and I have seen a campsite of
weeds and dilapatated buildings transformed into one of clean appearance, and
warm, comfortable, modern buildings. It
is you, the men of this company who have
made this camo, for without your unstinted efforts and pride in our outfit, no
amount of planning by those in authority
would produce results.
We, of company 17l6, have gained an
enviable reputation in many fields* Our
neighbors in Big Falls regard us as
clean cut Americans who have made every
effort to be gentlemanly and helpful.
Our athletic prowess is respected over a
wide section of the country. Our activities under the jurisdiction of the
Forestry department have been mentioned
in numerous newspapers, and in reports
to higher headquarters, particularly
regarding thousands of dollars worth of
timber and orivate property saved during
the forest fires of last fall.
You and I have come to the fork in
our road; I to return to my organization
at Ft. Snelling, where I shall hope to
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