The Resource Oral history interview :, Roger Bryant ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Oral history interview :, Roger Bryant ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Oral history interview :
Oral history interview :
Statement of responsibility
Roger Bryant ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch
Title variation
Oral history interview with Roger "Hillbilly" Bryant
Records the recollections of Roger "Hillbilly" Bryant, Conservation Corps enrollee and cook at Camp 8, Lyndhurst/Sherando Lake, Va. from 1934-39. Describes work in the coal mines of Southwest Virginia, impact of Depression on family; and learning about the CCC. Recalls CCC enrollment process, stay at Fort Meade, Md., and transfer to Camp 8. Mentions early days at the camp site: road construction (Howardsville Turnpike, Campbell Mt. Rd., Coal Rd.) cutting trails (Bald Mt. Tower); setting boundary lines using barbwire; and hauling rock. Describes in more detail experiences as a cook: use of coal stoves, 5-6 man crews; different mess halls (for Army officers, Forest Services, and enrollees); particular dishes, the warm table (i.e., buffet style dining); and attendance at a cook and bakers school at an Army base in Pa.). Talks about "deployed" units which were maintained in more remote areas for purposes of trapping and recording game movement. Mentions recreation/off-times at the Camp and in Waynesboro (swimming at the Lake and boxing; entertainment by a CCC string band which regularly played in Harrisonburg on Saturdays at WSVA, the local radio station). Talks about individuals he met and various stories/experiences associated with them (the "local experienced men;" the commanders; also the pet mascots incl. a dog and two bear cubs). Recalls various nicknames men were known by, incl. his own. Mentions several situations related to moonshining: hiding a car which was used for storing and transporting whiskey, and a major fire at Big Priest Mt. which was caused by a still catching on fire. Talks about various friends who met their wives at the Camp and his own discharge after marriage. Reminisces about the impact of the CCC on his life and training which led to his job as a cook in the Navy during World War II. In general, records his experiences and impressions of five plus years as a CCC participant at a camp which later became a part of the national forest recreation system
Cataloging source
Date time place
Filmed on Nov. 30, 1990 and December 4, 1990
Interviewer: David Benavitch; interviewee: Roger "Hillbilly" Bryant
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
live action
Oral history interview :, Roger Bryant ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)
  • STACK COPY: Text material only (paper, interviews and newspaper transcripts). Call no.: SD428.G46 H57 1991
  • Forms part of: A history and interpretive proposal for Sherando Lake Recreation Area, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including original copies of all text material and interviews conducted by David Benavitch on video and audio tapes, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 16-1 through 16-13, Boxes I and II. (Videotapes and audiotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-2 through no. 16-11 for the following interviewees: Larry Ballard, Karl Baumann, John A. Betterly, James Blackwell, Jack Branch, Roger Bryant, Albert Moreman, Hans Schagus, Edward Van Fossen, and Mark E. Wolfe). Videotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-12 through 16-13 for the following interviewees: Frank Haga and Garland Priddy
Accompanying material
2 sound cassettes (ca. 120 min.) : 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. + 1 transcription (17 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/2 in. +
1/2 in.
1 videocassette (ca. 120 min.)
Medium for sound
Other physical details
sd., col.
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
System details
VHS format
Video recording format
VHS (1/2 in., videocassette)

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