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David A. Dennis was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1919. He was living on a farm when the crash came. His father was a railroader and moved the family back to Terre Haute after the crash. Dennis has a brother who served in the navy. Dennis went to a one room school. His brother taught him. When Dennis was a kid they could play on the street. They did not have playgrounds. As a teenager Dennis lived about 4 blocks from a park. They played sports in the park and boxed as well. The former mayor of the town ran the drug store by the park and he looked out for the kids. When some of them got in trouble they would go to him and he would help them out. Roosevelt started the CCC [Annotators Note: Civilian Conservation Corps] to get young guys off the streets. Dennis volunteered for the camp along with a number of the other guys who hung around the park. When they went to join the CCC they were all interviewed. They made Dennis bring his father up there with his birth certificate to prove his age. Dennis wanted to get as far away from Terre Haute as he could but was assigned to a CCC camp in Martinsville, Indiana right outside of Indianapolis. Dennis loved the CCC. He played basketball and baseball. He hung around with a friend from back home who got him to go to baseball practice with him. At baseball practice the coach asked him to join the team. When basketball season came up he played basketball. Dennis eventually got the job that everyone wanted. He was assigned to take care of the canteen. He did that for the last six months he was in the CCC. He was in the CCC camp for a year and a half. Dennis enjoyed being in the CCC. He made a lot of friends. He worked on a forestry crew in Martinsville. In December of 1938 they moved the camp to Medaryville, Indiana which was a game reserve. Dennis job was to go to the park and trim trees. He met a lot of girls doing that. In 1939 Dennis quit the CCC and went home. He was only home for three days when he got a job at a gas station. He met a lot of people at the station.


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