Former resident recalls days in CCC

By Lisa Smith, Special to the PNT

AUSTIN, Texas —Former Portales and Clovis resident Hermon Elliott remembers his years in the Civilian Conservation Corps as some of the best years of his life. He said he attended dances, swam in Colorado’s warm artesian wells and even saved up enough money to buy his first car.

Elliott, 86, was among CCC alumni who gave accounts of their experiences in developing and building Texas parks last weekend at Bastrop State Park to celebrate the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing the work initiative into legislation in 1933.