Recently, when going through some more of our Yates family documents, I found one that I hadn’t remembered seeing before. Or, at least I didn’t remember scanning it and putting it in the Yates documents folder until now. My dad passed away in June of 1996 and in the four years previous, he had written for us some of his memories of events in his life.
One of our favorite stories he would tell would be of his trip to Alaska when he was twenty traveling there with his Bordeaux, Washington friends. (Story above). When my mom died in 2001 I went through all the valuable family documents and brought them home (with my brother’s blessing) for safe keeping. And, little by little I’m going through them and writing a story or posting an image to share with family and anyone else who might be interested.
The previously mentioned document I spoke of at the beginning of this article was my dad’s Civilian Conversation Corps honorable discharge. If you read his Alaska story version of it first, it kind of gives you an idea of just what kind of guy he was at that tender age. Let’s just say he was practical, OK?
I’m not sure who took this picture of my dad and his friend from Missouri after they caught these dog salmon near the CCC Camp. Dad had his own Leica camera and had learned to develop his own photos when he was in high school (I assume), but who knows if he actually had the camera with him on this trip or not?
On the back of the picture, in my dad’s handwriting, it says, “myself and a friend of mine and some fish we caught at twin creek camp. the friend is from Missouri. the fish are dog salmon that we caught in the creek just beyond.” Too bad he didn’t identify the guy by name, but maybe some descendant of his, looking for information about Twin Creek CCC Camp at Petersburg, Alaska will find this post and recognize him.
Last, but not least, here is the front and back of Dad’s 16 October 1940 honorable discharge document from the Civilian Conservation Corps:
(click on images to see them full-sized)
For more information about the Civilian Conservation Corps, please visit their homepage at Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy.