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June 15, 2019

PVT. Bjorn Winger is New Editor of “The Reveille” at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:38 pm

It may be “The Reveille,” the pungent little weekly newspaper of the 136th infantry (second Minnesota infantry), is to adopt a new but none the less unique editorial policy suggested by the pen name of its new editor, Pvt. Bjorn Winger, of the medical detachment of the regiment. That pen name is “Oleum Rocini” of significant forcefulness.

Pvt. Winger has been writing what may be termed possible vers libre, under that name for the virile, lively little sheet which Major A. M. Nelson, adjutant of the 68th infantry brigade, has made so readable by his bright and hitting editorial squibs for the past seven months. Editor Winger is a graduate of St. Olaf collage at Northfield, Minnesota, and then took a post graduate course at the Chicago university. Up to the time he joined the army and came to this camp he was teacher of English in the technical high schools of Indianapolis, Indianapolis. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 9, 1918



June 1, 2019

Overseas Sergeants Arrive at Camp Cody in Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:49 pm

Nine more overseas sergeants have arrived from overseas to assist in training men at Camp Cody, the list includes Sgts. Coblentz, Devoy, Lennon Parkinson, McGilton, Leshley, and Hughes, all representing different units abroad.

Sgt. Coblentz, who fought in the Somme sector, says the stories told of rats and “cooties” in the trenches are not and cannot be overdrawn.

The sergeant is very complimentary in his remarks concerning welfare organizations. He says the first tobacco he had in six weeks was given him by a “Y” secretary who looked like a “ministering angel” to him. – Deming Graphic Newspaper – November 29, 1918


May 25, 2019

Governor Lindsey to Give Camp Cody Boys Athletic Goods

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 9:57 pm

Governor W. E. Lindsey expects to present formally to the athletic commission at Camp Cody the $1,000 worth of athletic goods purchased for the use of the men at camp. The presentation is to be on Saturday. Governor Lindsey will leave here Friday, stopping enroute at Albuquerque. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 28, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico 1917

May 18, 2019

Camp Cody Remount Depot Horses and Mules

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:49 pm

Major F. G. Brewer, commander of remount depot No. 326, says that on Thursday there were in the corrals and stables of that depot 6,500 horses and mules.

“While the depot was only designed for 5,000 head” continued the major, “we are getting by with the present number very well. J. W. Thompson company are building additional facilities which, when complete, will cost about $40,000. We expect soon to have 3,000 head more.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – June 28, 1918


109th Eng Supply Co Remount Area

May 12, 2019

Remnant of 59th Depot Brigade Under Dakotan’s At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:03 pm

By a new division order the last remnant of the old 59th depot brigade is carried under the name of “the surplus detachment” and is in charge of officers and noncoms of old First South Dakota cavalry.

Many New Assignments

A number of officers have been assigned to infantry and artillery regiments by an order issued from division headquarters. These include permanent and some temporary assignment, the latter to take the place of officers away to receiver instruction otherwise. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 2, 1918


May 6, 2019

Reclamation Plant At Camp Cody Checks Up Closely On All Wastage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 12:41 am

The local reclamation branch of the camp quartermaster’s department continues to add to its already demonstrated efficiency.

This branch is under the command of Captain Stanley Eiseman, under Major R. B. Sturkie, camp quartermaster. He says he has in the clothing repair shop is running a double shift, the women working in the day time and the enlisted men, who have been employed right along, working at night.

In addition to the regular shoe repair shop, there has been established temporarily a shop where some 45 civilians are employed. These came from El Paso mostly. This shop is due to a great accumulation of shoes caused by various changes in the camp.

In the matter of garbage waste from the kitchen and mess halls, the reclamation branch has instituted a system of segregation so as to check up on the amount of wastage of different articles. These separate articles, bread for instance, are weighed. Also, four inspectors are out all the time examining and checking up on the matter of kitchen waste. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 4, 1918


April 29, 2019

Privates Schnack and Freestone Die at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 10:41 pm

Private Chris W. Schnack, of company 1, 133rd infantry, passed away Wednesday at the surgical hospital as a result of shock following an operation to amputate his right leg at the thigh. The address of his nearest relative was given as Charles Michaels, Daneville, Iowa. The body was sent to that point for interment.

Private Thomas R. Freestone, company H, 133rd infantry, passed away Wednesday of lobar pneumonia. His mother, Mrs. Mary Freestone, resides at 618 Southwest street, Des Moines, Iowa.


There probably will be upward of 100 Camp Cody men present in El Paso on April 15 to take the Consistory degrees and the Shrine, according to R. S. Charles Hammond of the Pass City, who has been here for the purpose of organizing a class. – El Paso Morning Times, Saturday, April 6, 1918


Military Funeral Procession – Deming, New Mexico

April 20, 2019

Camp Cody wants $2.50 A Day Laborers

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:22 pm

Several hundred common laborers are wanted by the United States employment bureau here at once for work in El Paso and Camp Cody, according to a call issued Monday morning. Work in the city of El Paso will pay $2 per day and at Camp Cody the wages will be $2.50 daily. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, October 14, 1918


Private Brewer Dead at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

The base hospital reports the death of Pvt. Clarence H. Brewer, of company C, 133rd infantry, of pneumonia. His father, Thos. S. Brewer, resides in Edom, Texas. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 1, 1918


April 13, 2019

Postless Boxing Ring Makes Debut at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:29 pm

A new wrinkle, the postless ring for boxers, has made its debut in Camp Cody, the first sample having been set to the division athletic office by Dr. Joseph Raycroft, war department athletic director for the United States. The rope was particularly designed for use in the training camps and possesses the beauty, from the training camp standpoint, that it can be set up anywhere. Tommy Connolly, division boxing instructor, is enthusiastic over it.

The ring consists of a padded rope, similar to those in common use wherever boxing is done. Instead of posts, it is provided with four loops at the corners, sufficiently large to allow a man slipping one over his body. Thus four men, instead of posts, hold the rope taut while the boxers are milling inside it.

The ring can be set up in any company street and every company in the camp can be provided with one. By means of it, when men put on the gloves, plenty of room is left for the combatants to wage their battle without any crowding or outside interference, to bad features thus eliminated.

Connolly will boost for the purchase of a number of the postless rings, so that there will be several to a regiment. Each ring will cost no more than $5 at the most. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, May 21, 1918

Boxing Match At The Camp Cody Stadium

Boxing Match At The Camp Cody Stadium

April 6, 2019

Show Being Held In Open at Camp Cody in Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:56 pm

General Provides Open Air Entertainment For Men In The Stadium

The commanding general is providing, through the army, the Y. M. C. A., K. of C. and welfare workers, high entertainment at the open air division stadium every night in the week.

In addition to the Knights of Columbus movies Monday night, he invited Miss Seymour’s ukulele club, consisting of ten people, to appear in several selections.

As a surprise, Miss Helen Swope, daughter of Captain S. D. Swope, M. C., who is on duty in France, also appeared.

General and Mrs. Lindsey and Mrs. Lindsey’s house guest, Miss Bobbie Seamans, of Palo Alto, California together with the general’s aide de camp, Lieutenant R. Y. Copelin, and several members of his staff, enjoyed the program.

The general contemplates continuing these outdoor meetings during November and December. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, November 5, 1918


Outdoor Movie Theater – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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