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October 20, 2020

Quartermaster Captain Kimball Better at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:56 pm

Captain Howard B. Kimball, military assistant to the construction quartermaster of Camp Cody, who miraculously escaped death when the automobile which he was driving was struck by a Southern Pacific train several weeks ago and demolished, has been dismissed from the base hospital. He was thrown clear of the train and only sustained minor bruises and contusions. Captain Kimball has rejoined his family and is able again to transact much of the business of his department at Camp Cody. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917

Two Autos at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918

October 10, 2020

Private Ingvold Hans Dies Suddenly at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:07 pm

Private Ingvold Hans, company E, 134th infantry, died suddenly at the base hospital Wednesday of bronchopneumonia. His death was entirely unexpected by the attending physicians, and is supposed to have been directly due to heart failure. His mother, who resides in Ringold, Nebraska has been notified by the military authorities, who are awaiting instructions for shipping the body. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917

109th Eng Supply Co and Camp Cody Hospital – Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918

October 4, 2020

Lectures in Camp Cody on the War on Western Front

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:43 pm

Professor Ellsworth Faris, professor of history in the University of Iowa, is in Camp Cody delivering at the different Y. M. C. A. Buildings in camp a lecture on “The War on the Western Front,” and illustrating it with lantern slide pictures. He is a noted traveler and has been over the ground being fought in the present war.

Professor Ellsworth Faris is also giving talks to the Y. M. C. A. Student secretaries who are being trained in war work of that organization. He speaks on history and conditions of the present. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917

On Guard At Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918

September 26, 2020

109th Engineers Due To Go Back To Camp Cody Soon

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:32 pm

The practice work of a battalion of the 109th engineers, from Camp Cody, in command of Lieutenant Colonel P. F. Walker, is about completed and it is expected the battalio will return to its station in a few days. The troops marched overland and have been encamped in shelter tents as guest of the Ninth engineers, Colonel J. A. O’Connor commanding, mounted, at Camp Courchesne. During their stay here the 109th men have been drilling with pontoon bridges on the Rio Grande. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Date Unknown

109th Eng Supply Co. – Base Hospital and Remount Buildings – Camp Cody, Deming, NM

September 20, 2020

Statisticians Are in New Office in Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:59 am

The 34th division statistical section, headed by Lieutenant P. M. Buck, has begun business in new quarters in Camp Cody, the larger portion of old mess hall No. 4 in section No. 5. The front or west end of the building is occupied by the division personnel office under Captain Harold J. Smith, division personnel officer, and W. S. MacArthur, the civilian officer in the same capacity.

The statistical section was moved so as to provide it more room, and its old, cramped quarters in division headquarters are given up to the division adjutant’s clerical force. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917

Staff Headquarters – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918.

September 12, 2020

False Rumors Regarding Health of Camp Cody Troops are Answered

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:12 pm

Lieutenant Colonel J. M. Coffin Show That Statements Have No Foundation, Cody Has Less Sick and Fewer Deaths Than the other Cantonments; Measles Are Diminishing

What military authorities at Camp Cody here declare is a persistent effort to harass the authorities by dissemination of reports that health conditions among national guardsmen of the 34th division, stationed at Camp Cody, were bad, is answered by Lieutenant Colonel J. M. Coffin, in a statement setting forth that the actual health conditions here are good and that there is no danger of an epidemic. So widespread have been the reports of sickness that in several instances relative if soldiers here, came from far distant states to investigate.

Below the average sick rate.

Colonel Coffin said “We are below the average sick rate of any division in the United States. The quarantine for measles is extensive on account of the system adopted to combat contagious diseases. When a soldier takes measles his tent mates are immediately sent to a contact where they are held for 14 days, and the company is quarantined.

Nine cases of measles developing in an organization is sufficient to cause the entire regiment to be quarantined. There is not cause for alarm as the epidemic is diminishing. The number of cases today was reduced from 303 to 223. The type is a mild form know as German measles. There have been no deaths from that cause and no complications through pneumonia or local infections. The number of deaths since this camp was established is negligible and not nearly as high as in any civil community. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917

Camp Cody Hospital – Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918
Camp Cody Hospital Area – Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918

September 6, 2020

Well Known Camp Cody Organization Disorganized in Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:10 am

The 59th depot brigade, which has had a peculiar status in the 34th division, Camp Cody, does not longer exist as a separate organization. It formally passed out of existence last week, and the majority of the national guard officers there will be absorbed by the Sandstorm division, as well as a few of the officers of the officers’ reserve corps.

There will still remain approximately 100 officers without commands, and these, according to a statement made several days ago at division headquarters, will be transferred to some other camp. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – December 4, 1917

Airing Out Camp Cody Tents, Deming, New Mexico 1917-1918

August 22, 2020

Major S. J. Sutherland, Acting Chief of Staff, at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:40 pm

Major S. J. Sutherland enlisted in the regular army at Little Rock, Arkansas in June 1900. He has been described as the finest looking man in Camp Cody, and much of his manliness consists probably in his great untried physical powers. He impresses as a man who forsook a successful carrier in the prize ring because he disliked his association, but appreciated the advantages of keeping in physical trim to win the larger victories of life, or the war perhaps, if need be. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – Thursday, October 18, 1917

August 17, 2020

Baby Donkey at Camp Cody in Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:46 am

Jennie and Corporal Le Mars of the 6th brigade headquarter. Jennie is four weeks old and is a native of New Mexico. Her present guardian, Corporal Le Mars, bought her from a team driver when she was two days old. The first few weeks required the use of a bottle and nipple and the young mascot lived on Mellins baby food at the Deming rate of 85 cents per bottle.

The appreciation toward her benefactors is plainly shown by the young lady who is very attentive to her acquaintances in the Minnesota regiments.

Her manner of expressing her wants, particularly when she feels the pangs of hunger, is the usual burrow or donkey song, which has come to mean immediate action on the part of her protectors if any peach is to be expected in that immediate vicinity. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – October 30, 1917


Baby Donkey At Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

August 9, 2020

Camp Cody Post Office Does A Large Business

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:53 am

Camp Cody as a whole is a busy place but probably the most active place in camp is the big camp post office. The problem of handling mail for most 30,000 men is no small one and when one thinks of the elaborate equipment usually found for handling mail in a city of 30,000 compared with the equipment here more respect will be had for the mail system of Camp Cody, which has been doing such effective work for the soldiers.

The method of handling the mail at Camp Cody differs from that employed in civilian offices in that all mail is separated for the various larger organizations and place in big bins. Each unit has its orderly, who takes the mail to his unit’s headquarters, where it is separated to the minor divisions and then delivered to the individual. All mail, whether ordinary, registered or insured, is handled in this manner.

Camp Cody branch office is furnished with modern equipment and a new canceling machine is just being installed. It is expected that the clerks will be furnished with a uniform not unlike that of the soldiers and will wear a special insignia to distinguish them from the men of there military organization. It is being whispered about among the men that when the soldiers are moved to France from Camp Cody that the post office clerks will be taken right along, which may or may not be a mere rumor. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 13, 1917


Camp Cody Post Office – Deming, New Mexico 1917 – 1918

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