CPS Camp No. 18, Denison, Iowa.
Civilian Public Service workers filling sand bags. Civilian Public Service workers filled up sand bags to save Council Bluffs, Iowa from the Missouri River flood, April 1943. In the background are the sand bags to protect the pumping station, the sole source of water fort he city of 40,000 residents. By way of thanks, the city engineer Jack Boyne offered them to see a show at the theatre, then cigarettes, then beer: all refused by the CPS men who then asked for two new aprons and four dish towels for the cooks at CPS Camp Denison, Iowa, items which were then promptly provided.
Digital image, Photo #61. Box 1, Folder 5. MCC Photographs, Civilian Public Service, 1941-1947. IX-13-2.2. Mennonite Central Committee Photo Archive