Inventory of the Edward B. Sincic Photographs, 1936 – 1937

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Edward B. Sincic (1916-2008) spent three years with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), working in both Michigan and Illinois from 1934 to 1937. In Illinois he was stationed at Camp Delta in McClure, Company No. 637, on the Shawnee National Forest. This company worked to protect the city of Cairo, Illinois, following the Ohio River flood in January and February of 1937. Sincic began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1937 before joining the military in 1941. Following World War II, Sincic earned a master's degree in education from the University of Florida.

This collection includes seventy images documenting Edward Sincic's time with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois during 1936 and 1937. The images depict Camp Delta in McClure, work on the Shawnee National Forest, and work in Cairo, Illinois, following the Ohio River flood in early 1937.

Title: Edward B. Sincic Photographs, 1936 - 1937

Creator: Sincic, Edward B.

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2014-002

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 0.25 linear feet (70 negatives)

 

Biographical Note

Edward B. "Ed" Sincic was born March 15th, 1916, and grew up near Detroit, Michigan. In 1934 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) after graduating from high school. Sincic spent three years with the CCC. He was first assigned to Camp Custer near Battle Creek, Michigan, and then stationed in Hartwick Pines, Michigan, near the Huron National Forest. There he planted seedlings of white and Norway pine trees among other duties. Sincic was later transferred to Camp Delta, Company No. 637, in McClure, Illinois, on the Shawnee National Forest. This company was the first to arrive and last to leave during the Ohio River flood in January and February of 1937. The local CCC and others labored day and night to erect the twenty-six miles of bulkhead surmounting the levees around the city of Cairo, Illinois.

While Sincic was in the CCC he took a federal civil service test and was eventually hired by the U.S. Forest Service. He spent four years working for the USFS before joining the military in 1941. Following World War II, Sincic used veteran's benefits from the GI Bill to attend college and ended up with a master's degree in education from the University of Florida. The rest of his working life was dedicated to education, and he retired in 1979 after 26 years as an industrial-arts and photography teacher at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida. Sincic died on June 16th, 2008, at the age of 92.

 

Collection Overview

This collection includes seventy images documenting Edward Sincic's time with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois during 1936 and 1937. The images depict Camp Delta in McClure, work on the Shawnee National Forest, and work in Cairo, Illinois, following the Ohio River flood in early 1937.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Photographs, 1936-1937

Subject Headings

  • Cairo (Ill.) -- History
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)--Illinois--History--Pictorial works
  • Shawnee National Forest
  • Shawnee National Forest (Ill.)
  • Shawnee National Forest Region (Ill.)--History

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Photographs, 1936-1937.

(70 black and white negatives)

These photographs are available for online viewing through the Ed Sincic Photograph Collection Image Gallery.

Company 637 at Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Delta, in McClure, Illinois, 1936.

 

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward B. Sincic Photographs, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Kay Rippelmeyer in December 2013

Processing Information

Processed by Staff, April 2014

Encoded by Eben Lehman, May 2014

Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.