The date was July 12, 1918 and a fire that started in a garage on Pine Street quickly grew out of control and threatened that whole town of Deming, New Mexico. The Deming Fire Department was first on the scene followed by the Camp Cody Army fire department. More then one block of west Pine Street was destroyed before the fire could be put out.
I had photos and the whole story on my Camp Cody web site.
These photos will only be online until the end of November 2008.
Elmer H. Titus was in Battery “C” – Muscatine, Iowa National Guard who was stationed at Camp Cody. During the US – Mexico Border War Elmer served under General Pershing. After the First World War he became a chiropractor and he died in 1970 at the age of 80. Elmer is the father of Mariana Titus.
Yes, a movie was made about Camp Cody. The whole film was shown to the soldiers at the time. Parts of the film went into the movie entitled “Nebraska Under Fire “. This movie was released to the public on Oct 17, 1924 on eight reels. I do not know if any copies of this film still exist today but I sure would like to see it.
After Camp Cody closed the Camp Hospital sat abandoned for many years. In 1923 the buildings were dedicated as the “Holy Cross Sanatorium” by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
In 1932 Holy Cross Sister M. Gerald Hartney began her “finance ministry” as an accountant at Holy Cross Sanatorium in Deming, New Mexico. Sister Hartney died on September 10, 2008.