Schroeder Area Historical Society, Schroeder, Minnesota
The oral history of Kenneth Bonin describes his first visit to the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota, and visit with his brother at a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, World War II military service in the Pacific theater, building Edwin Lundie Cabins with Joe Pecore, work at Reserve Mining in Silver Bay, Minnesota, and Erie Mining, Taconite Harbor, Minnesota, home building, Schroeder, Minnesota, life, running Gunderson Resort, Schroeder, Minnesota.
Image of CCC building in Hovland, MN, that was still standing and used for storage by possibly both the highway department and the forest service until the 1990s. Rock walls and stairs from this camp can still be seen on the Arrowhead Trail in Hovland.
Cascade State Park walking bridge, steps, and path as made by the Spruce Creek CCC crews looks similar to much of the trail and portage work done by the CCC that still exists to this day. In fact the basic structure of the bridge shown is still the same.
Log cabin shown in the woods. This CCC project was complete in May of 1936. Cabin used on the top of Lima Mountain as forest service lookout station. From the scrapbook of Albert Malner, enrollee and later Cook County Sheriff.
John Miscowics, enrollee, is shown in front of a white rock sign for the Portage Brook, side camp of the Hovland, MN, CCC company 722 camp. Portage Brook was approximately 20 miles north of Hovland on today's Arrowhead Trail. From the scrapbook of Joseph Spitznagle, education advisor.
Officers, Supt. Godfrey and Lieutenant T.O. Clark, of the Hovland CCC camp in 1936 shown sitting facing each other in front of a desk. Above the desk are photos of U. S. presidents Washington, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. From the scrapbook of Joseph Spitznagle, education advisor.
Five or so CCC enrollees are in this image and are being instructed on the use of the marine pumper shown. Scrapbook information from enrollee Albert Malner indicates that "this machine pumped water thru 5230 ft of hose." It is labeled as an Austin 4 cylinder.
CCC crew fought the forest fires of 1936, a year when there were many fires burning. Shown is a birch tree on fire taken by enrollee Albert Malner on Long Island (possibly Lake Saganaga or Long Island Lake)