Tribute to my Husband, Abel Joseph Duplessis:
Maine Camp: Bridgton
My husband, Abel Duplessis, of Van Buren, Maine was a part of Camp #`1124 in Bridgton Maine from 1936 to 1941. His job was that of first cook while there. The time that he was in the CCC was a valuable time in his life. Abel always said that they went in as boys but they came out as men. He was proud to say that he was in the CCC. He appreciated the opportunities the CCC gave him, the discipline and work ethics it taught him and the friends that he made while there, which continued lifelong. He met his future wife while he was in the CCC and they went on to have five wonderful children. He was proud to take his wife and oldest daughter to the first CCC Reunion, because he thought so highly of the time he was in the CCC. It would be with great pride that he would talk of that time in his life. And had he lived it would be with great pride that he would have shown others the statue in front of the State Archives building in Augusta commemorating the CCC men.
THIS IS ONLY ONE OF SCORES OF PERSONAL TRIBUTES COLLECTED BY THE MAINE STATE ARCHIVES FROM FAMILY MEMBERS OF CCC WORKERS. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT https://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/ccc/tributes.shtml