CPS Worker 001102 - Brooks, Arle

CPS Worker 001102 - Brooks, Arle

Birth year: 1909

Denomination: Disciples of Christ

Original occupation: Social worker

Drafted from: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, United States

Entered CPS: 6 26, 1941

Left CPS: 1 10, 1942


One of the directors of camp #3 recalled the following:


"Patapsco had color and variety.  Tony Carnevale, a second generation Italian firebrand who had joined the Jehovah’s Witness sect, tap-danced, scrapped, and quoted scripture with torrential velocity in those early days . . .. John 'meat' Yanger was an Allentown, Pennsylvania, ex boxer and wrestler who retired from the big time because he 'didn’t want to hurt nobody, and besides it ain’t Christian.' . . .'Doctor' Fran Marburg, was long on 'theoretically speaking,' incurably inquisitive about words like 'God,' 'Christian,' and 'sacrifice,' while being constantly concerned and ready to act upon matters of common interest.  Arle Brooks, tall Texan parolee from Danbury, possessed a great gift for friendship and gave the camp a strong, Thoreau-like religious leader."


--Taken from Russell Freeman, “In the Beginning: The Story of the First C.P.S. Camp” appeared in the CPS magazine The Compass, Vol. 1 No. 3 (Spring 1943): 8 ff. p9.


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