Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

April 30, 2011

Six Soldiers Die At Camp Cody: Bodies To Be Sent North – December 25, 1917

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 2:52 pm

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – Deaths reported from the base hospital were as follows:

Private Harold E. Carlson, company I, 136th infantry (Second Minnesota), pneumonia. His home was at Amherst, S. D. where his father lives.

Private Edgar L. Willey, company  F. 136th infantry, pneumonia and emphysema. He came from Pilas, S. P. His father is R. P. Willey.

Private Oscar J. Isaacson, headquarters company 136th infantry, abscess of the brain. He was another South Dakotan, from Carthage, where his father John Isaacson, resides.

Private Philip Emmler, company I, 134th infantry (Fifth Nebraska) pneumonia. His father George Emmler lives in Omaha.

Private Francis R. Gallagher company L, 133rd  infantry (First Iowa), pyemia, following an operation for appendicitis. His brother, Charles R. Gallagher, a Kansas City, Mo., merchant was at the beside of the dying soldier. The mother, Mrs. Mary Gallagher, lives at Brooklyn, Iowa.

Corporal Ray E. Harnan, company L, 134th infantry, hemorrhage of the stomach, following appendectomy He was from Brady, Neb., where his mother, Mrs. Elia Harnan, resides.

The bodies will all be shipped to the respective home places. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 25, 1917

Frank Johanseohn – The body of C. Frank Johanseohn, 25 years of age, who died at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, last Thursday was shipped to El Paso Wednesday, burial taking place at the Fort Bliss cemetery.  – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 11, 1918

April 24, 2011

Ready to Shoot Down Oil Tank, But It Had Melted

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:32 am

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – During the great fire at Lordsburg Thursday the Southern Pacific railroad called upon Major H. D. Harries, of the military police, asking that an artillery piece be sent there to blow up one of the large crude oil tanks to prevent the spread of the fire. Division authorities at once hastened to comply with the request and Major P. D. Sheldon, in command of the 126th field artillery, with one gun section of a battery and 27 men, accompanied by Major Harries, hastened by special train to Lordsburg. They arrived too late, for the tank had melted down before they got there. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – March 16, 1918

April 20, 2011

Captain Albert Charles Bosshardt – Camp Adjutant at Camp Cody

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 5:52 pm

My father, Capt. Albert Charles Bosshardt, was Camp Adjutant at Camp Cody, reporting September 25, 1918, and reassigned to Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, in January 1919, after participating in the demobilization of Camp Cody. I have several letters he wrote to his sister during that time.

Al was engaged to Miss Jessamine Moayon, of Louisville, Kentucky, shortly before being transferred to Camp Cody. He wrote on October 15, 1918, that their plans to marry on the 22nd had been “shot all to pieces” because the camp was under quarantine for influenza.

They were finally married in El Paso on November 21 (or at least, their marriage was recorded there.) Apparently he took his bride back to Camp Cody. Your web site makes several references to El Paso. I assume it was the closest town of any size near the village of Deming.

A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, at age 18 Al enlisted in the Indiana National Guard on May 29, 1914. He advanced from private to sergeant. On June 22, 1916, he was ordered to active duty with the Guard at Llano Grande, Texas, in response to Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico, the previous March. The expedition, under General Pershing, withdrew from Mexico February 5, 1917 and Al was demobilized from Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis, on February 26.

World War I was declared April 6, 1917, and he was ordered back to active duty the same day. On May 25 he was one of twenty-five NCOs chosen to report to Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Harrison. On August 15 he graduated and was commissioned a First Lieutenant of Infantry. He was one of the first people assigned to the new temporary Camp Zachary Taylor, in Louisville, Kentucky.

On June 6, 1918, he reported to Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio, where the 84th Division was being staged for service in Europe. On June 28, before the Division went overseas, he was promoted to Captain and transferred from the Infantry to the Adjutant General Department. He went first to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, before being transferred to Camp Cody. – Bob Bosshardt, Kettering, OH

Captain Albert Charles Bosshardt

April 16, 2011

El Paso And Deming Men Starting Camp Cody Bus Line

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 2:03 pm

Deming, New Mexico, February 1. – A company of El Paso and Deming men is planning to put on 16 passenger Studebaker busses to run between El Paso and Camp Cody, charging 25 cents for the round trip, using a ticket for the change. Two of the coaches have arrived and will soon be started. C. O. Mattox of El Paso, is here to see the manager of the line. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – February 1, 1918

Drafted Men From Middle West Go To Camp Cody

Drafted Men From Middle West Go To Camp Cody

April 9, 2011

Deming’s Quarantine Is To Be Lifted Saturday

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:21 pm

Deming, N.M. – Dr. P.M. Steed, county health officer, have announced that public schools, churches and theaters may open Saturday evening, as the influenza has entirely subsided. It is expected that Camp Cody will soon follow suit. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, November 8, 1918

World War One – Camp Cody Hospital – Deming, New Mexico

April 2, 2011

Deming Armory Is Social Center For Enlisted Men

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:34 pm

Myron A. Kesner, chairman of the Deming war camp community service, who was here Monday afternoon, said that the Deming armory is the accepted social center for Camp Cody’s enlisted men in the 34th Division and that the club rooms, reading rooms and dancing floor are a great convenience for the soldiers off duty. He said that the armory is held exclusively for enlisted men, but that frequently officers and their wives join the men and young women of the best families in Deming in social affairs. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, February 26, 1918.

Armory Deming, New Mexico

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