Diaries and photographs of Mortimer Chester, documenting trips to California and his service as a chaplain with the California
Civilian Conservation Corps.
Mortimer Chester was a priest with the Episcopal church. Born in Massachusetts, he moved to southern California at the age
of 22 after visiting an uncle who had relocated to Pasadena. Chester settled near Corona, California and became involved with
the Episcopal church there. He was ordained as a priest in 1919 and ministered at churches in Hemet, Santa Maria, and Woodland,
California. As a reserve officer in the Army, he helped establish the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Sierra Nevada
mountains from 1933 to 1937. He served as an Army chaplain during World War II and was sent to Utah, where he remained after
the war ended.
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