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May 25, 2020

Of 335 New Mexico Men for Camp Cody, Luna County to Send 25

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 10:19 pm

The Luna county draft board has sent induction papers of 25 of the old draft men with instructions to report at Camp Cody for duty. The state will furnish 335 men, all but three going to Camp Cody.

The order numbers of the new draft men are held in Washington and will be drawn on October 2, while the serial number is held by the local board. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – September 26, 1918


109th Field Signal Battalion – Field Inspection – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

May 17, 2020

Camp Cody Circus Wins Applause

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:09 pm

Parade Over Three Miles Long Is One of Its Best Features

Barnum & Balley tried to run a circus for a spell and now both are dead, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West has “gone west” and Ringling Brothers are struggling along. In their best days none of them had a parade more than a few blocks in length, but it remained for Camp Cody to come out with a circus parade yesterday three miles long, every organization in camp furnishing one or more of the “thrills.”

In the stupendous, appalling, gorgeous, glittering, historical pageant there appeared bands of music, fierce Hun-eating lions in a guarded cage, hay devouring zebras from Zebu, 57 varieties of clowns, dancing women, bare back riders, acrobats and every form of freakish nature that would provoke a smile on the part of a soldier and cause him to take his mind from the actual work of war.

The pageant appeared before every organization in camp, the entire aggregation of wonders passing through the city in order that civilians might see the versatile soldiers at play.

Captain R. L. S. Ferguson, division athletic officer is owner of the stupendous enterprise and Lieutenant C. B. Arnoud, 67th brigade, is general manager.

“Scottie” Downie and company, assisted by scores of Camp Cody artists, put on one of the classiest circus concert programs at division theater last company. Space forbids the enumeration of all the attractions. Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – July 25, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

May 4, 2020

Eastern Camp Cody Soldier and His Sweetheart Married

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:48 am

Sergeant Eli J. Tebo, of the quartermaster corps, formerly of Watertown, Mass., and Winifred U. Joy, of the same far eastern city, were married at the Episcopal rectory in Deming by the Rev. L. B. Holsapple on Wednesday afternoon. The witnesses were Sergeant I. E. Taylor and C. J. Shipee, of the military organization as the groom. The wedding and the supper at the Harvey house later, were real Watertown reunions, for all were from the Massachusetts city.

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Women Visit Camp Cody Later.

An order issued from 34th division headquarters under date of July 23, extends hours for women in camp to 8:10 pm. The limit heretofore has been 7 pm. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 25, 1918


Wedding at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico , 1917-1918


YWCA Hostess House, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918


April 26, 2020

Quarantine Order Closed Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:10 pm

Spread of Spanish Influenza Results in Drastic Action by Officer In Command

Deming City Also Falls In Line

Schools, Theaters and Rink Closed, No Church Service or Public Gatherings for Present

Camp Cody went into quarantine last night at six o’clock for a period of sixty days. The order for this more was issued yesterday just afternoon by the commanding officer, Colonel Mareum.

Following a conference with the camp authorities by Mayor Hamilton and the city health officer, Dr. Vickers, the city also adopted quarantine measures, which went into effect at once. The city schools closed yesterday afternoon for an indefinite period. The four movie theaters closed their doors at six o’clock yesterday afternoon: so did the Palace skating rink, and there will be no further church services in the city and no more public gatherings until the order is rescinded.

The quarantine is occasioned by the discovery of eases of the dreaded “Spanish Influenza” withing the past few days. It was hoped that Camp Cody might escape the epidemic that is sweeping all the army camps and has made its appearance in 43 states up to yesterday, but his hope has proven vain.

Cases of the influenza in all camps yesterday numbered more than 100,000, with 2,148 deaths reported. The deaths nearly all resulted from pneumonia, which follows the influenza in a large percentage of cases.

It is generally accepted that the epidemic has been spread by German agents, as it could hardly have traveled so swiftly by natural channels. It is a severe blow to the allied armies that all transportation of troops should have to cease equivalent to German victory of at least the second magnitude but, it will not save Heinie nor long postpone his finish.

If the quarantine last the full period for which it is declared the camp will not be open until December 3rd. It is taken for granted, however, that it will be opened before that time if the disease is routed from the camp. On the other hand it is certain to last just as long as the epidemic last, which may be much longer that sixty days.

Mess sergeants and other had orders yesterday to get all bills with Deming firms paid before night, and were busy all afternoon setting up their business and bidding their Deming friends “Merry Christmas.”

The Spanish influenza is so called probably because it made its first appearance last winter in Spain, and shortly thereafter swept the entire German army, jumping then to the allied forces, which have had their full run of it. It only made its appearance in this county a few weeks ago and has spread with swiftness since that time. Deming Graphic Newspaper – Friday, October 4, 1918


Infirmary at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico 1917 thru 1918


Hospital Ward – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

April 19, 2020

Wives Of Camp Cody Officials Are Making Bandages

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:37 am

Quietly and unostentatiously the army officers’ wives in Deming are working to help in every way possible their husbands who are offering their lives in this war. These women have to use of a room in the old base hospital where they gather and make bandages, compresses and other necessary articles for the Red Cross and the base hospital in this camp.

These army women are also helping Edwin H. Brown, field director of the Red Cross, to fit up and put in the furnishings of the new Red Cross house soon to be opened at the base hospital. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 28, 1918


Camp Cody Medical Wagons – 1917 thru 1918

April 11, 2020

Iowans at Camp Cody, Deming Respond

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:49 pm

The war risk insurance office reports that the three days’ drive commenced with a view to insuring every enlisted man and officer in the 34th division for $10,000, resulted in obtaining from the men canvassed the aggregate amount of $18,000,000. The office reported also that the drive was equally satisfactory today.

In battery F, 126th field artillery (1st Iowa F. A.), with 172 men, 169 expressed a desire for $10,000 each, totaling $1,690,000. Of the three others, one has gone to the officers’ training camp at San Antonio, Texas, and an application blank for $10,000 insurance has been sent him. One is away on furlough and a similar blank has been sent him. The third was in the guard house. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, January 24, 1918


134th U.S. Infantry at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

March 30, 2020

Thirty-Five Camp Cody Remount Men Sent to France

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:48 am

Since the Cavalry has been playing an important part in the war on the western front, remount men are much in demand in France. Thirty-Five men from the remount station were sent from Camp Cody to France by the commanding officer. Included in these were Pvt. Fay Ward, a famous bronco rider and roper; Pvt Zalowzdek, a heavyweight boxer and Pvt. Red Bear, a full blooded Indian rider and horse breaker. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, November 20, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

March 14, 2020

Wagoner Cone Killed by Auto at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:59 pm

Layer from Lincoln, Nebraska Struck by Service Car at Night at Deming, NM

William J. Cone, wagoner in the supply company, 134th infantry (Fifth Nebraska), was struck and instantly killed on Pine street in Deming, close to the old base hospital, at 11 o’clock Wednesday night by service car 250, Frank Becker, driver.

Cone was struck in the back and the base of his skull was crushed. He enlisted in the Sixth Nebraska infantry at Lincoln. He leaves a 3 year old daughter, Ethel, at Weatherford, Oklahoma. He carried nearly $25,000 insurance.

Cone was a lawyer in civil life. The driver was arrested and taken to the camp stockade for investigation. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, January 17, 1918


Scene At A Military Funeral – Deming, New Mexico – 1917-1918

March 7, 2020

Stable Conditions at Camp Cody Are Excellent

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:37 pm

A high compliment was paid to veterinary corps at Camp Cody by Major C. D. McMurdo, V. C. who was here for the purpose of inspecting it for the war department. When seen prior to his departure from Camp Cody, he said:

“General conditions around the stables are excellent, while stables, corrals and animals were in good shape. There were a few minor details to be corrected, but these were inconsequential.”

“I found the veterinary personnel to be high order, the enlisted personnel to be high order, the enlisted personnel being particularly good. The excellence of the sanitation spoke will for their efforts. The division now has its full quota of veterinary men.”

“In mentioning forage, I might say that the hay furnished this division is better than that furnished any division is better that that furnished any division I have inspected as yet.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – May 14, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

February 29, 2020

Three Camp Cody News Stories from Iowa

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:29 pm

Marble Rock boys musicians Transferred to Camp Cody

When the last transfer of troops took place at Camp Cody it included two of our Marble Rock boys musicians Merland Stroud and Matt Paulas. We now have but two of our own boys at Camp Cody, Corporal Ernest Stroud and Corporal Harold McElroy. – From “Iowa Recorder” June 26, 1918


Y.M.C.A. buildings being erected at Camp Cody

B. E Manville, local real estate dealer, accepted an offer to take charge of one of the great
Y.M.C.A. buildings being erected at Camp Cody at Deming, N. M., and has left to take up the new work. Manville volunteered to donate his ser­vices to the cause. He has charge of one of five great buildings and has five secretaries, one of whom is Ray Clearman of Oxford. – From ”Iowa Recorder” September 19, 1917


Zella leaves for Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

Mrs. Zella Downs-Shook leaves today for Deming, New Mexico, to remain there for a while to be near her husband who is located at Camp Cody. – From Iowa Recorder April 24, 1918


4th Nebraska And 3rd Minnesota at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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