JUL 12 1934
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C. C. C. Co, 1716 is constructing a new camp on the outskirts of a small town
in Southeastern Minnesota, Lewieton.
An advance detail of fifteen men under the command of Lt. Janda left Big FallB,
April 20, .'to prepare a new camp site. The entire company followed April 2Uth.
We received P. big send-off from the residents of Big Fall, and amid a session of
laBt farewells and hfnd clasps the trainoulle-d out. ;$Jany of us will never see
Big Falls again nor Cabin City Camp but we won»t forget it - no - never.
We left Big Falls about 8:00 ?. M. Tuesday nite - April 2Uth, and arrived in
St. Paul at 9:00 A. £• Wednesday morning. After a long delay we finally left
St. Paul about 1:00 P. v. All afternoon we passed along the Mississippi river.
The Wisconsin bluffs across the river loomed up against the sky and hundreds
of ouckg were flying up and down**, the. river.
Wo Arrived in ^inona about 3:30 P.M. We left there about 6;30 P.:.'. .ana arrived
in Lewiston about-7:30 J'.k. "'e rode to oyr cam at the edge of town and began
to prepare for the ni ht. * . *,
There were no lights. The next few hours were marked by frenzied^searching for
individual belongings as the ba.ga^c was dumped off the true' e. *fc fell over
tent ropes and swore at the stoves in our nip tents. Finally wc "went to sleep.
Ereakfast was served af 9 A.". The ^ind was blowing a strong f.ale. Working coa-
dltions wore bad. Everyone was downhearted. Dinner was lrte des ^itc the united
efforts of our entire cook force. Trucks brought equipment auring the day from
Wabasha. "Irish buggies" and mortar^to xes wore much in evidence.
But Friday,*A >ril ?7i w&s a new day. It was warm and the wind wasn't so bad.
Meals '-xro on time. We JLearne_d how to regulate our stovca. Co. VAAzr-tt adjusting
" rfe-g-rrlf to ahew 'country and new working conditions.
As this is being written the wind is still blwwing strongly, everything is covered with dust, bathing facilities are poor, and we have no place to keep our cloth-
Camp conditions are-far from being comfortable but the next two weeks will show
improvement in every way and the spirit of Company 17l6 will prevail.