The Colour of Life – Work on a Timber Gang – 1942 by Geoff Cronin

Work on a Timber Gang – 1942In September 1942 I had just left school and had decided I was going into the National Forestry Service. I made an application and found that I would not be admitted to the forestry college at Avondale, Co. Wicklow, unless (a) I was a farmer’s son, or (b) I had experience in forestry. I could not meet either of these criteria, and so I decided to join a timber gang and gain the necessary experience.The war was at its height and at the time timber was at a premium both for firewood and for commercial purposes. Consequently there was a lot of activity on farms and estates, which had saleable timber and so there were many timber gangs active in my area.

Source: The Colour of Life – Work on a Timber Gang – 1942 by Geoff Cronin

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15 thoughts on “The Colour of Life – Work on a Timber Gang – 1942 by Geoff Cronin

  1. My father worked timber gangs as a teen in the late 30’s in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). He earned $24 a month. They lived in military barracks in military routine and were given uniforms. I wonder if this was a pre WW 2 preparation in the mind of FDR to at least have some men with army like experience in the approaching war period.

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