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Jay E. Hendrickson

Mystic, SD

1937, 1790, Mystic, F-1 LEM

Jay Hendrickson's 95th birthday is on Feb. 14, 2016. He was born in 1921 in Huron. Jay celebrated from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Hill City Senior Center. Many friends stopped and visited with Jay.

Jay E Hendrickson 95th BirthdayJay and wife Elaine visit with one of many folks
at the Hill City Senior Center - Feb 14, 2016.

Jay Hendrickson is a past president of the CCC Museum of South Dakota and remains very active at the Museum. During the busy season of 2015 Jay would volunteer one or two days a week, meeting and answering visitor question about the Civilian Conservation Corps and the area. Read about Jay and "Life in a CCC Camp."

The following is from a 2012 article by Jennifer S. Brown in the Faces Magazine.

Jay Hendrickson was only 16 years old when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) although the age to enter was actually 18. This program was a "good deal" for young men in the area because it provided them with gainful employment that benefited the entire area. Jay stayed in the CCC for over two years.

Jay E Hendrickson

Jay is a well known figure in Hill City and loves to get to know people and participate in the surrounding area. He's been president of the Rochford Chapel, the senior citizens' group, the Rochford Cemetery Association, Lions in Hill City.

Over nearly a century of life, Jay has watched Black Hills history unfold, including the creation of Mount Rushmore, the advance of electricity in the Hills after WWII, the heyday and decline of the gold mining industry, the growth of Rapid City from a population of 10,000 people to over 67,000 and, most recently, the current threat of the mountain pine beetle. He jokes that if the trees go, at least you'll be able to see all of the pretty rocks.

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