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December 29, 2012

Iowa Gunners Land At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 8:12 pm

Mississippi River Battalion Visits El Paso and Praises The Red Cross.

On the way to Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, where it detrained and marched to the section reserved for the 126th United States field artillery Monday night, the first battalion of the First Iowa field artillery passed El Paso Monday afternoon on three trains. Batteries A, B, and C, respectively from Clinton, Davenport and Muscatine were the units. These soldiers have been at Fort Logan H. Roots, Little Rock, Arkansas, during the last three months. Full equipment for the batteries, including four three inch guns for each battery, caissons, horses and wagons, was on the trains. This outfit gives Iowa a full artillery regiment at Camp Cody.

Names of Commanders

The 570 men and officers are commanded by Colonel J.E. Brandt, Major J.L. Oakes is battalion is battalion commander: R.S. Truitt is adjutant and the battery officers are: Captain L.R. Brooks, Lieutenants Emery Thompson, and E. Kelsey; Captain Ed McCoy, Lieutenants E. J. Cox, C.A. Rockefeller and E.E. McGinley; Captain E. Roach, Lieutenants C. Narvis, B. Van Trifle and D. Brown. Captain J. G. Luth was in charge of 15 men from the headquarters battery, and the medical corps was under the charge of Lieutenant J. C. Murphy. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 9, 1917


December 22, 2012

General Harries, Ranking Officer in Camp Cody, Arrives With His Staff

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 9:35 pm

Brigadier General George H. Harries, commander of the Nebraska troops at Camp Cody, arrived this morning from Omaha with his staff and a headquarters detachment of 12 men. His staff consists of Captain Eugene T. Harris, acting adjutant, of Omaha; First Lieutenant Ernest J. Meyers, Grand Island. The party left Omaha August 21.

The rest of the Nebraska contingent will be sent as soon as the camp is ready. One company of each of the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Nebraska are here now. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, August 24, 1917

December 16, 2012

Intensive Training For Camp Cody is Now in Full Swing

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 7:36 pm

Division Headquarter Says 8 Hour Schedule Is Being Satisfactorily Carried Out.

The eight-hour intensive training schedule was started today at Camp Cody and the program was being carried out satisfactory, according to a statement made at division headquarters this afternoon. The inauguration of the new schedule was manifest throughout the entire camp in the stimulation which it has caused among the officers and men of every organization.

After Depositions.

Attorney C. A. Magraw of Omaha, Nebraska representing the Union Pacific railroad, and Attorneys J. E. Riddle of Des Moines , Iowa, and G.C. Chambers of Lincoln, Nebraska, of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad arrived in Deming today for the purpose of securing depositions in the case of Sergeant Walter H. Knabbs, who is suing the railroads for $40,000 damages for the loss of his foot. The accident occurred April 1, 1917, while Sergeant Knabbs was guarding the Union bridge between Omaha, Nebraska, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sergeant Knabbs was a member of the Fourth Nebraska infantry at the time he was injured. A mysterious phase of the case is the fact that Knabbs foot has never been found.

Committee Returns

The committee which recently visited Washington, D. C. to be instructed in the new insurance plan for United States soldiers, has returned to Camp Cody and will soon be detailed on special duty to assist in acquainting to soldiers with its operation. The men will be encouraged to make out at least $4,500 and the maximum allowance will not exceed 10,000 dollars. The amount of the premium is contingent upon age and the usual liabilities in the event of death the assignee will receive the amount of the policy, not in bulk, but in monthly installments distributed over 20 years.

Major Mercer III

Major Morton B. Mercer, assistant to Major H. M. Nelly, division adjutant, was removed to the base hospital today, but his illness is not alarming. Major Mercer came to Deming from Governors Island. N. Y., and was chief clerk in the war college at Washington, D. C., for many years. He was stationed for a time at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, for the benefit of his health. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 30, 1917

December 8, 2012

Governors of Minnesota and New Mexico Visit Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:32 pm

Both Burnquist and Lindsey are Impressed at Size and Condition of Army Camp.

Governor J. A. Burnquist, of Minnesota, made a flying trip to Columbus, New Mexico, this afternoon and fraternized with the Carranza soldiers of the border gate.

He was accompanied on the journey by a number of officers of the Minnesota regiments and was the guest of Brigadier General F. E. Resche.

Governor Burnquist expressed himself as being well pleased with the camp and the manner in which the troops from his state were taking to the training. He said that he heard no complaints from any of the men and all seemed well pleased with the location.

He left with his party on the night train over the Santa Fe railway for St. Paul, Minnesota.

On the same train was Governor W.E. Lindsey of New Mexico, who was returning to Santa Fe after a visit to Silver City,  Hurley and Camp Cody. He was greatly impressed with the size of the training camp, results being obtained there and the conditions in the military zone surrounding.

He stated that the application for $5,000 of state funds to be used in Deming in connection with the training camp activities at the armory could not be allowed under the appropriation, but he did not despair of ultimately securing funds for the work in this city.

An old resident of Deming who finds the liquor regulations in the zone irksome, when apprised of the fact that Deming had entertained two, governors today, said he hoped the governors of North Carolina and South Carolina would find it convenient to visit Camp Cody occasionally. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, October 20, 1917

December 2, 2012

Give Camp Cody Figures

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 6:43 pm

Technical talks, with figures arranged in engineering fashion, were given by C. A. Tilton and Major C. H. Miller on the problems met in building Camp Cody. Fifteen hundred buildings were erected at a total cost of $2,025,000 and covering 2,450 acres. Fifteen miles of water mains and 15 miles of laterals, with 2050 shower heads, were laid. Mess halls totaling 283, enough to make a string nearly eight miles long, were built. The total amount of lumber used for tent floors was about 2,000,000 feet, and the grand total was 13,000,000 feet. The camp capacity is 36,000 men. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, October 20, 1917
$1,500,000 Goal of Bond Workers at Deming Camp

Subscriptions at Camp Cody Now Total $1,226,400, or $63.99 Per Capita

The subscription to the second Liberty loan by the officers and men are rapidly approaching the one and one-half million mark, according to the itemized report issued yesterday by Col. P. L. Hall Jr., who is in charge of the drive at Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, October 22, 1917

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