Civilian Conservation Corps
Julian J. Gawel 1915-1997
Julian Gawel (in overcoat) and his brother pose in front of the family home in Niagara Falls, NY.
In 1934, Julian joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC employed Julian and some 3 million other young, single American men during its existence as a part of President Roosevelt's New Deal from 1933 to 1942.
The members of the CCC were involved in projects such as reforestation, construction of fire-observation towers, and development of state parks. They were paid $30 per month and were housed in military-style camps.
Julian's photographs from his time in the Corps, from 1934-35, follow. They have been provided courtesy of his daughter, Nancy Cimino.
Little is known about these photographs, as Julian's notes were few. They were taken primarily at Camp Priest Lake, Idaho and at Arroyo Grande, California. For further biographical information on Julian Gawel, click here.