Civilian Public Service Camp (Denison, Iowa, USA)

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Camp quartet L-R: Henry Schultz (Mountain Lake, Minnesota), Clarence Friesen (Henderson, Nebraska), Russel Massanari (Fisher, Illinois), John Schultz (Mountain Lake, Minnesota).
Scan courtesy Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen IX-13-2-2

Denison Civilian Public Service Camp No. 18, located one mile southwest of Denison, Iowa, was opened in August 1941 and closed in September 1946. A soil conservation camp under the Mennonite Central Committee, it had an enrollment of over 100 men, who were engaged chiefly in erosion control and emergency farm work. The campers were given credit for their help in saving Council Bluffs, Iowa, from destruction by the Missouri River flood of April 1943. During the school year 1944-1945, a relief training school for campers who had volunteered for relief work was conducted at the camp.


Gingerich, Melvin. Service for Peace: a History of Mennonite Civilian Public Service. Akron, Pa.: Mennonite Central Committee, 1949.

Author(s) Melvin Gingerich
Date Published 1956

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 32. All rights reserved.

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