Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

November 10, 2012

First Troops Reach Camp Cody at Deming , NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:50 pm

Seven Hundred Nebraska Troops Arrive Sunday

The first detachment of state troops to reach Camp Cody at Deming arrived Sunday, consisting of 700 men of the Nebraska national guard. These, it is believed, will be followed very quickly by other troops intended for the Deming camp, to comprise the 34 th division of the new army.

No Visitors Permitted.

No visitors will be allowed in Camp Cody, the site of the mobilization and training of the national guard from Iowa, North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska, except in the camp of the 24 th infantry according to an order published by construction quartermaster Major Charles H. Miller. Photographs can not be taken without written permission from the proper army officer.

Passes have been furnished to civilian employes, and employes or enlisted men will not be allowed to show quests around the camp. This order is to be effective at least while construction is going on.

Willie F. Harris, company E, 24 th infantry, was the first man to die in Camp Cody. He had been ill several months. The body was sent to Lexington, South Carolina.

Post Office Plans Approved

Postmaster W. E. Foulks’s plans for the military post office at Camp Cody, 40 by 105 feet in dimensions have been approved and three clerks from New Orleans and seven from Dallas are coming.

Construction is in progress on about 250 camp buildings. There are about 2000 men employed. Roads through the camp are being graveled.

Payroll Will Be $1,500,000

W. P. Musuas, divisional auditor, and J. Henry Wood, field auditor, are on duty here. Lieut. Foster, camp disbursing officer, has requisitioned $1,500,000 for the August payroll.

George H. Lothridge, construction superintendent at the camp, underwent an operation for appendicitis at the camp hospital.

Captain Marshall F. Sharp, assistant construction quartermaster, has been called to Washington. Captain J. A. Livingston, of Montana, takes the place.

Hospital Doctors Arrive.

Captain Thomas C. Brooks and Lieutenants Llewellyn Leebetter, Ernest H. Hamilton and Little B. Neal, medical reserve doctors, are here for service in the base hospital as soon as it is finished. Major Logan of Nebraska will assist Major Miller in construction.  Lieutenant Col. H. L. Laugach, camp inspector, gave his approval of the work in progress on a visit here from San Antonio.

Jolly and Morris, of El Paso, expect to have Raymond Teal’s theater completed in three weeks at the corner of Pine and Diamond Streets. The building will be 70 by 140 feet with a raised floor capable of seating 2,000 persons. The main auditorium will be 60 by 90 feet, without a post. The stage will be 30 by 70 and 40 feet high. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, August 20, 1917

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