The Soldiers of Poverty is written by Wisconsin Author Mary J. Schueller. Take a journey to the days of the Great Depression with Company D-692 of the Civilian Conservation Corps that is sent to develop Copper Falls State Park in Mellen, Wisconsin. This creative nonfiction account begins in Virden, IL and follows the factual events of the author's father, Mike Kerkes, before joining the CCC. The narrative continues with Mike's everyday camp experiences at Giant City Park in Makanda, Illinois. After a reorganization of CCC Mike is transferred to Company D-692 as a lead carpenter to help develop Copper Falls State Park where the men endured one of the coldest winters on record. A desperate cry for help from the U.S. Forest Service on Isle Royale, MI during the drought of 1936 sent Company D-692 to help contain the inferno that threatened the entire island from destruction. Conditions on the island soon forced ordinary men into circumstances in which heroes find themselves. Pub. Rustic Books, LLC.