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August 27, 2011

37 Deaths Out of 2100 Cases at Camp Cody in Deming, New Mexico

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

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – Col. J. J. Readdy division surgeon and chief sanitary officer of Camp Cody, authorized the following statement for publication:

The camp was practically free from influenza, when the Minnesota and Oklahoma troops commenced to arrive. They were several days en route and were subject to much exposure to the prevailing epidemic.

“Upon their arrival at Camp Cody, practically 1400 of them were sent to the base hospital as suspects, which raised the average number sent from ten to nearly 400. “There have been about 2100 cases sent to the hospital, with only 37 deaths.

Deming Free From “Flu.”

“The best demonstration of the wisdom of maintaining so strict a quarantine is the fact that Deming has had no epidemic at all and is practically free from the disease. The mayor and health authorities have co-operated with the camp in stamping out the disease.

“Many are being discharged from the hospital daily and we are on the road to safety again. The quarantine will be lifted as soon as it is deemed wise.  Thursday – October 31, 1918 – El Paso Herald Newspaper –

August 20, 2011

New Site Selected For Camp Cody Fire Station

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:11 pm

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – Major Frederick P. Simonds, constructing quartermaster, says that the construction division had disapproved the proposed site for a central camp fire station just west of the Liberty theater, and has selected one out by the base hospital. Work has been commenced on the latter site. Other smaller stations will probably be built in other parts of the camp.

The work of putting in the foundations for the three barrack buildings, mess hall and kitchen for the cooks’ and bakers’ school has been commenced. The site is on the north side of Cody avenue, about 500 feet west of the Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Major Simonds says that work has not been commenced on the $500,000 sewer system because the pipe and other materials have been slow in arriving. While some pipe has arrived, it is as yet a mixed lot of different sizes, therefore the work of putting it in cannot be done economically until more arrives. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 1, 1918

August 13, 2011

34th’s Commander Selects Site For New Fire Station

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:40 pm

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – Brig. General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the 34th division here, stated on Thursday that he had selected for the new division fire station a site immediately west of the Liberty theater. The plans for this station were received by Major Frederick P. Simonds, constructing quartermaster, on Tuesday. It is to be a one story building, 32 by 88 feet, engines and a fire company of four officers and 15 men. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – June 7, 1918

August 6, 2011

Camp Cody Soldier’s Truck Collides With Freight Train and Is Smashed

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 2:08 pm

There are 25 Camp Cody soldiers speeding their way home today who can thank their lucky stars that they are in the land of the living. Last night a Nash “quad” loaded on 25 discharged soldiers and their baggage and just as they were leaving camp, the big truck ran into a slowly moving freight train that was being switched on the Santa Fe crossing at the main entrance to camp.

The truck was tipped against the switch stand and a part of the radiator carried down the track on the side of a freight train. The boys were badly shaken up, but no one was injured, although a few suitcases were smashed, one fine bag lying 25 feet from the crossing in the morning. The driver said his brakes wouldn’t work. Military investigation is being made. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 6, 1918

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