Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

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

February 24, 2020

Elmer Goeddard, Co. A 125 M. G. Bn., Camp Cody, New Mexico.

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 9:47 pm

The Recorder joins with the home folks In extending greeting to the boys and we ask that should they change locations to keep us posted so the paper will follow them.

From “Iowa Recorder” – March 13, 1918


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

February 16, 2020

Camp Cody Sandstorm Division Adopts Bison Head Crest

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:35 am

The 34th division, officially known as the Sandstorm division, has chosen as its crest something very appropriately to the country where It has been train­ed and where the drought of the past two and one half years has furnished many samples of the article chosen. The crest is a bleached bison head, reminiscent of the signature of Charles W, Russell, the famous painter of west­ern pictures.

Photographs taken of the division a few days ago, before some of Its units were moved to other stations, show the crest formed by the grouping of the men, the Illusion of the bleached bones of the head and the horns being brought out by having men with white caps or in their white under-shirts out­line the skull. The words Honor, Duty and Country are also brought out in white around the skull, and the re­mainder of the picture is made up of the dark tone of Khaki.

Sixteen thousand men are in the picture which was taken by Newman, the photographer, and close to two thousand of them are used to form the crest and the motto of the division,. The photograph Is an excellent one, clear and distinct in every detail. 3. A. Mahoney, Inc., has secured the selling agency for the Picture and the firm will also take orders for enlargements. I L. H. Whitmore, the advertising man of the Mahoney store, has made special window decorations for the display of the pictures, with a back-ground of patriotic colors, and the crowds that stop to admire the pictures come very close to blocking traffic on the side­walk in front of the store. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Date Unknown


34th Sandstorm Division – Camp Cody – Deming, New Mexico


February 8, 2020

Bread For The Camp Cody Soldiers

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:39 pm

Lt. It L. Hefly, Q. M. C., N. A., commander of bakery company 345, has 204 men making from 18,000 to 25,000 pounds of bread for the soldiers at Camp Cody each day. Fourteen army field ovens are in use. Lieutenant Hefly is from the school of bakers and cooks at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and many of his bakers followed the trade before they entered the Army service. – Deming Headlight 14 June 1918

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The 68th comprising 6,000 men is back from a week’s hike in the Tyrone and Hurley area. Colonel E. D. Luce commands. – Deming Graphic” – May 1918


Bake Ovens – Camp Cody, New Mexico

February 2, 2020

Camp Cody Engineer Regiment Will Build Road

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:47 pm

The 109th Regiment of Engineers from Camp Cody under the command of Colonel F.B. Downing and Lieut. Col. P.F. Walker will spend 10 days under canvass near Mimbres and turn the training of their men into a piece of road that will remain for many years as a monument to their visit to this section. Road building in one of the important duties which fall to the engineers and on this hike the regiment will do some real road building, a bad spot on the Mimbres road having been selected for the purpose.

The party will consist of Companies A, B, C, D, E, and F, 109th Engineers and one platoon of miners and sappers from the 133, 134, 135, and 136th Infantry, making a total of 1500 men. Their headquarters will be established near the Three Circle Ranch where water in abundant. This is one of the beautiful spots of New Mexico and it is hard to imagine that it will prove an agreeable change for the soldiers from Deming. – “The Silver City Enterprise” May 31, 1918


Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, 1918

January 26, 2020

Swift Waters Carry French Officers Of Camp Cody To Death – Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:17 pm

Lieutenants Herbert and Jegou were well know in El Paso, having visited the University club when that organization gave a French tea lately, and had met many of the American military commanders here. French consul J. M. Romagny here knew the lieutenants well and was anxiously waiting news of their having been found. He said Lieutenant Jegou arrived here at the time of the only big snowfall last winter and met Captain Clavel, senior French officer at Camp Cody, in this city and went to the consulate. Mr. Romagny said the officers were veterans of long service since the beginning of the war. Herbert was of the Chasseurs and artillery instructor. Jegou was a bombing teacher. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, July 27, 1918


French Officers Funeral – Deming, New Mexico

January 18, 2020

Swift Waters Carry French Officers Of Camp Cody To Death – Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:28 pm

American Driver Also Lost

Lieutenant Fernand Herbert, of the French army, and Sergeant Ernst Picard, of the American army, detailed to drive the officers’ automobile, were drowned Friday evening between 5 and 6 o’clock, when their car, driven into an arroyo swept by flood waters, was carried into a 50 foot hole in the Whitewater river, at a point 12 miles south of Silver City, New Mexico. Lieutenant J. Jegou, another French officer, is missing and may have been drowned. A body was found near Spalding about 19 miles downstream from the accident.

The officers, who left Camp Cody Friday, were returning to Deming. The chauffeur’s body was found near the scene of the accident. Lieutenant Herbert’s body was found near Whitewater station, the pockets of the officer’s blouse filled with mud and gravel and the face badly cut. It had floated five miles on the crest of the torrent. The French officers were instructors at Camp Cody and drove to Silver City and Tyrone, New Mexico, to visit friends.

Camp Cody Turns Out Searchers

Picard was from Worcester, Mass. With the motor park detachment. There were no American officers in the car. Colonel John T. Sayles, at division headquarters in the night, was advised by telephone fro a deputy sheriff at Silver City that a man had seen a car go into the river, which was a swift torrent because of mountain rains.

Colonel N. P. Hyatt, commanding the military police here, left immediately with a detachment of soldiers, with picks and shovels, upon learning that all the men in the car were drowned. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, July 27, 1918


Damaged French Soldier’s Auto Brought Back to Camp Cody, Deming, NM

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