Genealogy of the Woodcock Valley
S-58 Bell Furnace Company 2335
The camp, which was located outside of Mount Union along Licking Creek, was first opened on May 30, 1933, with the first in command being Captain S. B. Elkins (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12; Monitor, 11 August 1933). The camp was reorganized in 1935, when Company 2335 was organized on June 26, at the Detweiler Camp in Huntingdon, and moved to Camp S-58 under the command of Captain Leon J. Tetlow. During the flood of 1936, the company provided bedding and cots to the residents of Mount Union, while the camp doctor inoculated the residents of Mount Union and the surrounding communities against typhoid. Enrollees from the camp often attended weekly classes at the Mount Union High School. The camp paper, "The Bell Furnace Chimes" was first published in November of 1935 (CCC Annual 1936, p. 173). The camp closed on October 1, 1937 (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12).
The camp members kept a black bear on the premises who served as their mascot!
You can view names of workers who served at the CCC camps by clicking on Civilian Conservation Corps Workers.
If you know of someone who served with the CCC, who is not listed on the worker's page, please complete a CCC Roll Call Form, and their name will be added to the list.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also maintains information on Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Huntingdon County and Pennsylvania. You can view additional information on S-58 Bell Furnace by clicking on the link.
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