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February 27, 2011

Camp Cody Army Soldier Killed by Lightning

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:26 am

Private Clarence L. Bailey, Co. A, 109th engineers, was struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon at 5:20  o’clock, as he was returning from the rifle range with his company.  He was rushed to the Camp Cody hospital, where he died at 6 o’clock. None of the other men in the company were injured by the bolt of lightning. – Deming Headlight Newspaper – August 2, 1918

February 20, 2011

Army Regulates – House Rentals – Camp Cody – 1918

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 9:46 am

The following order has been issued by division headquarters at Camp Cody under date of Monday, July 29th.

“Hereafter no officer or enlisted man joining this camp for duty or already on duty here will be permitted to bring his family to the vicinity of Camp Cody for domicile without having first obtained permission to do so from the camp commander on penalty of being deprived of the privilege of absenting himself from limits to visit his family. Any change of residence in the vicinity of Camp Cody will be subject to prior approval of the camp commander in like manner.

“The permission contemplated in this order will be subject to the condition that quarters desired by an officer or enlisted man for his family can be secured in advance of the family’s arrival, at a reasonable rental, under sanitary conditions, and under a written legal agreement satisfactory to the camp commander covering a period of at least six months, with the proviso that if the station of the officer or enlisted man may be changed by proper military orders before the expiration of the period covered by the agreement, the said arrangement may be terminated upon on week’s notice by the tenant to the landlord, accompanied by a copy of the order changing the tenant’s station.”

“A board of officers to be appointed by the camp commander will be charged with the duty of maintaining the record of rentals and all data pertaining thereto, co-operating with the Deming Chamber of Commerce to regulate rentals to ta fair and just return upon the proper investment,  based upon a reasonable advance over the normal ante-war rentals in Deming.”

“This order is designed to protect the owners and landlords as well as the military personnel. Its primary object is to promote the efficiency of military service by avoiding the many embarrassments and anxieties that inevitable attend a sudden and unregulated demand upon a small community for living accommodations far beyond its normal capacity.” Deming Headlight Newspaper – August 2, 1918

February 8, 2011

Around The Smileage Circuit – Camp Cody Liberty Theatre

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 12:48 pm

The Camp Cody Liberty Theatre, where Smileage Book coupons are used to exchange for admission tickets, is one of a chain of thirty army camp playhouses. These theatres were all built by the government at a cost of over $700,000. They are operated by the government through the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities. The receipts from the sale of tickets go to pay for the expenses of maintaining the theatre and the shows which play in them, for each theatre is intended to be self-supporting.

The best shows possible to obtain for the money are being produces. To supply the camp circuit, twenty-eight companies are playing comedies; three of these are the original New York companies taken off Broadway for the summer to play the camp circuit. In addition to these there are about ninety acts from the Keith vaudeville circuit and fifty acts from the Chautauqua and Lyceum bureaus.

The opening of the Smileage circuit created a big demand for actors. Many of that profession are now in khaki and are lost to the stage. This increased the difficulty of getting lively shows which would please all the men. Furthermore, the characteristics of the various camps are so different that what makes a ninety-nine per cent hit in one camp may register only a twenty-five per cent success at the next one. Yet the producers are now coming closer to what the men want and the last six shows sent out have been big hits at all the comps at which they have played.

Smileage book coupons are used by the men in uniform to exchange for seat tickets to the shows in his camp theatre. No matter how badly a man may want to get in, he is up against it without the price of  admission. The fact that the soldier has very little ready cash left for theatre tickets after paying for allotments,  insurance and Liberty Bonds was realized and the theatres were opened. So the people back in the towns, the ninety-five million workers behind the fighting five million, were given the opportunity to give as a present, the equivalent of the theatre tickets – that is, the “Smileage Book” of theatre ticket coupons.

There are now 175 camps in this country and Smileage is useable either at the government theatre or at private concession theatres operated by the government, in forty-three, but 80 per cent of the men are gathered in those forty-three camps.

Arrangements have been made with the Y.M.C.A. To accept Smileage coupons in lieu of cash wherever a charge is made for any entertainment conducted by that organization in any camp in this country. Smileage is on sale in 5,700 cities and town in the United States. – Copyright Deming Headlight Newspaper – July 26, 1918

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