J. H. Locke, formerly of Minaca, Chih., Mexico, well know to all Americans from that state and along the border as the leading citizen of that important little Mexican town, both in the peaceful days of president Diaz and later through a great part of the revolutionary troubles which raged in and around that place, is now civilian road master, or street commissioner, in Camp Cody. He is working under Capt. E. W. Morrison, camp quartermaster, and his duties are to keep the camp roads and streets in repair and his very recent advent in that capacity is showing a marked improvement in Camp Cody highways. Every day he may be seen moving quietly through the camp directing this work, but he still dreams of his good days down in Minaca, when he was called familiarly, “the mayor,” and watches for the time when he can get back there to his property and can reestablish his transportation business from that railroad town to and from the mines in the surrounding country.
But Mr. Locke is not homeless in Camp Cody. He is an old Minnesotan and notwithstanding his having drifted down into Mexico many years ago with the noted ethnologist, Carl Lumholtz, he has found friends here, especially among the soldiers from St. Cloud, Minn., his old home town, and they urge him repeatedly to relate his experiences in Mexico and more particularly his hair-raising escape from Minaca when the Villistas were fiercely driving out the Americans. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 15, 1917