Olde tyme journalizing
Greetings, and salutations from the past. Since I spend roughly 16 hours a week scanning in old newspapers for WSU Libraries, you all get to be subjected to the most interesting pieces of what I find. Since my supervisor approves all the work I do (and not necessarily in the speediest fashion), I can't directly link to the source images – you're going to have to take my word on these.
- It's not racism, it's just innocent hazing
Kind of a somber story to start off with. A few black CCC members left the camp, and complained to the press of racism:
"They said they had been chased out of the town by an armed gang of whites." The leader of the camp had a different story: "Each CCC camp is like a small university. Newcomers, like freshmen at the colleges, are subject to some innocent hazing. These boys had never left the sidewalks of Chicago. Naturally they were green. They were sent after tent stretchers. They were told to guard the dam from beavers. They were told wild stories of fierce animals that habitate(sic) the woods. When they were awakened by their camp mates(sic) Wednesday, they didn't wait to see what it was all about. They started walking and didn't stop much until they reached Spokane."
There was nothing further recorded on the incident, but based on the other information I read about the guy in charge, I was disinclined to believe his version over the boys'.
- I bet he could beat up Chuck Norris
This was a fairly interesting story all the way around. A CCC ambulance driver (Gerber) was on trial for speeding; apparently, in his haste to get one of the injured to the hospital, he swerved around Captain Charles Mabbutt, the director of one of the CCC camps. Here is Mabbutt as described in the article:
"Captain Mabbutt, by the way, is the largest man in the army, is a friend of Jack Dempsey, and is a trainer of Olympic wrestling and boxing champions. This meant nothing to Gerber, who dared fate by arguing with the doughty captain."
- Gee, it must have been a slow news day
This, verbatim, is the entire story:
R.R. lads christen CCC
Regular name too long, so call them "wood ticks"
Civilian Conservation Corps is much too long a name for Uncle Sam's forestry workers, in the opinion of Helena railroad men, who, for the sake of brevity, have dubbed the boys the "wood ticks."
- Not the greatest analogy
Literary ledes aren't for everyone, kids. This is even weirder when you consider it's for a story about baseball:
"Fort George Wright of a Saturday afternoon is a tranquil spot in comparison to which a tomb is a boiler factory."
- From the extraneous editorializing department
In a news story about the new men in charge of the camps:
"Two more naval officers arrived yesterday, different from their predecessors in that they came prepared."
- Dam, that's witty
Describing two new camps that were to be set up and run by a major and a captain, respectively, near the Grand Coulee Dam:
"Captain Pettee's camp will be 3000 feet higher than Major Hunt's, which will make a major look up to a captain."
- I c wut u did thar
Nestled in a story describing the layout of one of the CCC work camps:
" ... He had the tents pitched among brown-eyed Susans. The only trouble is the Susans are wild – wild flowers."
- And finally, the thing that completely threw me off my game this morning
I have to walk to work the back way, which takes me by the racks of videos in storage. Glancing at them as I walked by, I swear I saw one that said "Practical horse psychology." It's surprising enough horse psychology exists, shocking there's a subset deemed "practical," and downright ludicrous there's a video series about it.
And what, pray tell, would impractical horse psychology entail?