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February 17, 2018

More Draft Men Will Arrive at Camp Cody on May 27

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:54 pm

Work of Making Ready Camp in Section 9 and 10 Being Rushed by Officers

In preparation for the coming of the men of the selective draft, who will begin to reach Camp Cody on May 27, the working of making ready the camp in Section 9 and 10, is being rushed. Major S. B. Philpot, who has been in command of the 125th machine gun battalion and ranking machine gun commander of the camp, has been detailed as commander of the camp. Captain H. L. Higbee, 133rd infantry, is the adjutant of the camp Captain, and Captain H. R. Heath of the same organization, have been named as battalion commanders and acting majors. Both have reported for duty, Captain Brewster, of the 134th infantry, who also will act as battalion commanders, were expected to report for duty late Saturday. Lieutenant H. H. Kline, chaplain of the 125th machine gun battalion, will act as chaplain of the camp.

A number of non-commissioned officers, drawn from the various organization of the camp, have been designated and will report for duty in the immediate future.

The Arizona men of the draft will be the first to arrive here, starting early in the day on Monday, May 27. Among the first to arrive will be the Cochise county men who, 252 strong, will assemble in Douglas, from which contingents will come from the following counties: Geenlee, 86 men; Yavapai, 219, Maricopa, 219; Pima 97; Santa Cruz, 8; Yuma, 170; Gila 171; Graham, 18; Mohave, 95; Coconino 188; Navajo, 99; Apache, 52. Practically all of the men will entrain on the 25th or 26th and arrive here on the 27th, with the exception of the group including Yavapai, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz county units, numbering 667, which will arrive here at 6:30 on the morning of the 28th.

Except for the Arizonans, no details on the arrival of the other units of the 7,048 drafted men have been made public. However, these schedules are expected to be completed within the next day or two and be made public through the office of Major H. M. Nelly, division adjutant, of Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymond, chief of Staff.- El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

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February 10, 2018

Camp Cody’s Entertainers Offer a Lot

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

That soldier life in an army camp need not be as dull as it is sometimes portrayed will be amply demonstrated when the boys in Camp Cody, New Mexico, don the gala costumes at the Texas Grand theater Saturday and Sunday. After having successfully entertained thousands of their “buddies” at Camp Cody and several thousands of other soldiers and civilians at Silver City, Santa Rita and Fort Bayard, the comedians and singers of the “Sandstorm” division are coming here to show El Paso that army life isn’t made up exclusively of drills and maneuvers and “kitchen police.”

Excellent Minstrel Troupe

And if the advance sale of tickets is any indication, El Paso and Fort Bliss will turn out in holiday fashion to welcome this extraordinary minstrel troupe, which 10 packed audiences have unanimously declared to be the best aggregation of soldier entertainers ever assembled in this country. More than that, thousands who have seen the Camp Cody Minstrels, declare that it is the best minstrel troupe that has played in the southwest in years.

Schneeman Is Magician

Directory Jack Yellen has unearthed some of the finest vaudeville talent at Camp Cody imaginable. There is Al Schneeman, who was well know on the Orpheum circuit as a magician, who rivaled the Great Herman before he laid aside his mysterious art to become a private in an ambulance company. Schneeman will give the same act with which he played the Orpheum circuit for years. His performance is not only mystifying but entertaining. He always keeps his audience laughing continuously at his pranks and witticisms.

Contortionist, Juggler, Singer

Then there is Earl de Lapp, a professional contortionist, who ties himself into all sorts of knots, and Hugh Hall, who juggles anything from a feather to a caisson wheel. Harry Lauder is now over in France entertaining the boys in the trenches, but El Paso will see his foremost imitator in private John Brodie, direct from “bonnie Scotland,” who twirls his “r’s” and wears kilts like a true Scotchman.

Has Coffee can Musician

One of the most interesting specialty entertainers is private Elmer Allen, who originally intended to become a violinist, but cultivated a knack of getting music out of cigar boxes, tin cans and other things, and who will show that there are other uses to which an old coffee can be put besides being turned into scrap.

Two Hula Dancers

The biggest laugh of all will be forthcoming when corporals Jack Doyle and Frank Warren take the stage dressed in the garb of Hawaiians and proceed to give the audience a version of the well known Hula dance that would make Toots Paka and Ann Penningto envious.

All arrangement for the coming of the Camp Cody Minstrel men are now complete and everything points to a most successful engagement. The troupe will arrive early Saturday morning and will give its first performance on Saturday afternoon. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, April 25, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

February 3, 2018

Moral Atmosphere in and About Deming is Very Much Improved

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 4:28 pm

Considerable improvement in the moral atmosphere, of Deming and vicinity was noted by First Lieutenant Edwin W. Miller, sanitary corps, who is one of the men responsible for “cleaning up” the towns in the vicinity of training camps.

Things here looked very good, he said, after having spent two days looking over the situation and consulting with local men will in touch with underworld activities. Bootlegging and prostitution apparently have been reduced to a large extent, he found, while the venereal record of Camp Cody, as shown by figures published by the surgeon general’s office, is comparatively low.

Conditions in Texas are much better now than they have been, Lieutenant Miller said. Prior to coming here he worked in Waco and Dallas, in each of which places a cleanup has resulted. Five men now are working in the Texas field.

Lieutenant Miller is one of the members of the special force working under command of Major Bascom Johnson, but attached to the office of the surgeon general, their duties being to ferret out bootlegging, prostitution and other vicious influences in communities near training camps. He works in close conjunction with the community board on training camp activities. While here he spent considerable time with Myron A. Kesner, local representative of the community board. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 16 1918

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January 28, 2018

Camp Cody Reports death of Pvt. Rudolph Peterson

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:12 am

The base hospital reports the death of Pvt. Rudolph Peterson, of the sanitary detachment of the 125th field artillery, on June 2, of pneumonia. His father, Oscar R. Peterson, resides at 912 North 57th avenue, West Duluth, Minnesota. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, June 4, 1918

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Camp Cody Hospital

January 20, 2018

Million Dollars More for Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:27 pm

Hospital Section to Have Six Two Story Wards; Kessler Selects Site.

While nothing definite has been learned in regard to extensive improvements reported to be planned for Camp Cody, reliable authority said today the improvements will run to $1,000,000, or $1,500,000 in cost.

Owen Hughes, original camp contractor, will not be here until next week, his chief clerk, Buford said today. He said he does not know yet exactly what the improvements are to be, except there will be extensive hospital additions.

George E. Kessler, civil engineer from the cantonment division of the quartermaster department, is here selecting the site for the hospital additions.

Lt. Col. Jacob M. Coffin, division surgeon, said the base hospital is to have six two-story wards and other additions, but whether these will remain under contractor H. G. Bush, or not, no one seemed to know today. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, February 26, 1918

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Camp Cody Hospital Area – 1918

January 13, 2018

Military Parade On Fourth of July At Camp Cody Has Been Proposed

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:32 pm

Captain L. R. S. Ferguson, the division athletic office and chaplain of the 135th infantry, believes in the old fashion style of celebrating the Fourth of July. In addition to the program already published he is suggesting a grand parade here in camp with bands of music, flags flying, floats showing the spirit of ‘76, ‘61 and ‘98, and of the allies in 1918.

If his suggestion is adopted, as he has planned such a parade, it promises to be something that will be remembered by the near 30,000 soldiers who will witness it. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, June 12, 1918

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January 7, 2018

Camp Cody Men Off on 8-Day Hike

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:28 am

They Cheer Chance to Get Into Open.

Sixty-Eighth Infantry Brigade Will Trek Almost to Hurley Before Retreat Sounds.

To the accompaniment of the cheers of the men, glad to see service in the field, the 68th infantry brigade left Camp Cody Friday morning for an eight days’ hike which will carry it almost to Hurley and return. Field maneuvers, include problems of attack and defense, probably will relieve the monotony of the hike. Colonel Erie D. Luce was in command, with Major Arthur M. Nelson as his adjutant, Major C. B. Robbins, adjutant of the 67th infantry brigade, and Lieutenant Clair B. Arnold, aide, accompanied the brigade as observers.

In addition to the 135th and 135th infantry and 137th machine gun battalion, special units from the sanitary train, including field hospitals and ambulance companies, and part of the field signal battalion, accompanied the brigade. Portions of the horsed section of the 109th supply train accompanied the column, while it will be provisioned and kept in contact with the camp by the motorized section of the supply train.

The people of Deming were somewhat disappointed that the brigade did not come through town on its way out on the hike, as the 67th brigade had done. They appreciated the military show made by the latter. Instead of doing this, the column left the camp and went directly into the country to the north.

The 67th brigade made such and excellent record on its hike that the 68th will have to go some to beat the “rattlesnake” unit of the division. However, it was their expressed intention to make the effort. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918

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Camp Cody Men Off on 8-Day Hike

December 30, 2017

“May Day” One of Great Importance to Officers and Men of Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:15 pm

The arrival of May Day means more than a mere day in a month to Camp Cody. Why?

Well, you see this is the day the officers and enlisted men have the official permission to place moth balls in their woolen clothing and to resurrect the cotton uniforms more suited to warm weather. Officers and men will appreciate this to the full, as during some of the recent hot days, the woolen o. d.’s have been oppressively hot to their wearers.

There has been a rush among the tailors in Deming, outfitting officers who either had no cotton o. d. uniforms or whose old ones were not presentable in the view of their owners. The ready made type also has been somewhat in demand among the officers. The men will wear the regular issue obtained from the camp quartermaster. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 1, 1918

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December 23, 2017

Major Mueller Back to 7th; Clerk Halsey to Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:53 pm

Major A. M. Mueller, of the Seventh cavalry, ordered here from San Antonio, Texas, reported at military headquarters Saturday for duty with his regiment at Fort Bliss.

Chief clerk Francis J. Halsey, who has been on duty at district headquarters as chief clerk, has been ordered to Camp Cody to become chief clerk at artillery brigade headquarters there. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, June 29, 1918

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December 16, 2017

Brigadier General Lindsay To Go To West Point

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:21 pm

Camp Cody Commander and Wife To Visit Sons About First of New Year

Brigadier General James R. Lindsay and Mrs. Lindsay hope to be with their two sons at West Point shortly after January 1, when the 97th division is a thing of the past.

General Lindsay has recommended that the salvaging of camp be done by civilians, instead of soldiers.

“The soldiers enlisted to fight not to do carpenter work,” said the general.

The old 62nd infantry at Camp Fremont was formerly commanded by Colonel Lindsay, now commanding general of the 97th division.

Out of their combined company profits the regiment bought $12,000 of Liberty bonds, the profits from their post exchange being upwards of $9,000 and their regimental exchange $6,000. As the regiment belongs to the regular army, the bonds will be held indefinitely.

The officers of the old 62nd have expressed a desire to be demoted if can again serve under General Lindsay. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, Dec 19, 1918

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Brig. Gen. James R. Lindsay Oct 1918

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