Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

August 25, 2012

First French Officer, Lieut. Negre, Goes To Camp Cody for Service

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 2:47 pm

El Pasoans who happened to be in the lobby of Hotel Paso del Norte, Friday evening, were privileged to form a company, the center of which was an officer of the French army, wearing his full uniform, the blue that is said to have been blended to match the skies over La Belle France. It was Lieut. Of artillery  Henri F. Negre, whose home address is 224 Rue de Rivole, Paris, and who is in the United States as one of the French mission. He is the first French officer to arrive here for war service.

“Pardon, monsieur, but I am fatigued from my travel, having come from St. Louis without a stop, and I am in El Paso only to rest over night,” he told the reporter. “The people of El Paso seem to be as wonderful as those of the other American cities I have visited, but I can indulge in no ceremony on my stay here,” he added with modesty.

When asked his destination and object, he replied, with a Gallis shrug of the shoulders that he was assigned to Camp Cody, at Deming, to assist in artillery instruction, and nothing more. When asked of this experiences on the battlefield, he replied with only the shrug of his shoulders.

Lieut. Negre was delighted to find several Americans in the lobby who could converse with him in the language of France, but at the close of his interview with the reporter he made his adieu in perfect English. He left Saturday morning for Camp Cody, Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, October 20, 1917

August 18, 2012

Eating 10,500 Loaves Per Day

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:39 pm

Camp Cody’s Men Get Staff of Life From Bakery Company 40

The soldiers of the national army in Camp Cody are some bread eaters. They consume 10,500 loaves of two pounds each,, or 21,000 pounds of flour daily. Every day big trucks go out from the division bakery located alongside the Southern Pacific railroad and very close to the Y.M.C.A.  general  headquarters, distributing the bread to all the mess halls.

This bread all of superior quality, is baked by bakery company No. 40, commanded by Lieut. Eugene F.  Hanum, and consisting of 101 soldiers transferred here from the 24th infantry and the 10th cavalry of the regular army on September 8. Of this company about 25 hare highly skilled bakers. The baking is don in 14 Holbrook-Dunn patent field ovens in general use at army post. The men work in two shifts of 42 men each.

Lieut Hanum is quite proud of his bakery company, as to the quality of the bread turned out, and the industry and discipline of the men. The bakery camp is in every way neat, sanitary and creditable. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 9, 1917

August 11, 2012

Dust Storm Rages At Camp Cody, Deming, No Damage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:41 pm

Deming and Camp Cody was visited by a heavy windstorm Monday. The wind blew clouds of dust into the air, and for a few hours everything was covered with dust. At Camp Cody the dust and wind was particularly disagreeable, affecting the workmen at the west end of the reservation. While papers were blown about, and several guardsmen lost their hats, no damage was done to the tents or buildings. However, several thousand men made uncomplimentary remarks about the “deep, dirty Deming dust.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, September 11, 1917

Sand Storm Deming, New Mexico

August 4, 2012

Deming Born Man Returns For Library Work At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 9:32 pm

Ralph A. Beals here from Santa Ana, California, is to be assistant librarian to C. Henry Smith, representative in this camp of the American Library association, which organization is putting in 15,000 volumes of books for the use of the soldiers. Mr. Beals was born in Deming and has relatives here.

Camp Cody Medical Soldier Dies

Private Alfred Bischof, medical department, died in the base hospital of pneumonia. His mother will accompany the body to Anaheim, California, for burial there.

Wednesday, December 5, 1917 – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Date

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