Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

April 27, 2013

One Minnesota Soldier, one Nebraskan, Expire at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:05 pm

Pneumonia caused the death in the base hospital here Wednesday of private Earl E. Penny, headquarters company, 136th infantry (Second Minnesota), who came from Rockville,  Minnesota). His body will be shipped there.

Private Fritz E. Kurzer, headquarters company, 134th infantry, (Fifth Nebraska), died at the base hospital the same day. His father, from Harlem, Nebraska, was with the soldier at the end, and will accompany the body home for interment. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 29, 1917

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Iowa Masons Preside at E. A. Degree for Home Men

A. S. Reed, commissioner of Cedar Rapids, presiding with other Iowa men and military officers in various offices of the Deming Masonic lodge, initiated three of the citizens of Iowa state in the first degree of Masonry Tuesday night. Those initiated were Captain Ivan Elwood, battery E. 126th  field artillery (First Iowa F. A.), and corporal Courtland Cunningham and private Claude B. Fleming, both of the same regiment. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 29, 1917

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Intelligence Officer is Back From Special Duty

Major G. L. Laffer, assistant to the 34th division chief of staff, and intelligence officer has returned from Washington, D. C., where he had been sent on special duty. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 29, 1917

April 20, 2013

No Cheap Rates From Deming for Soldiers

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:38 pm

There is no chance for El Paso to get more trains daily between Deming and El Paso and hardly a chance for a cheap rate between the two places while the troops are stationed here at Camp Cody, according to H. C. Hallmark, assistant general freight and passenger agent of the Southern Pacific of Tucson.

“We are now operating all the trains between Deming and El Paso that we can spare equipment for.” said Mr. Hallmark, when told that the El Paso chamber of commerce wants more trains and a cheap excursion rate so that the soldiers could go from Deming to El Paso. “A train leaves here early in the morning for El Paso,” he continued, “and, returning from El Paso leaves there in the evening in ample time to get the soldiers back here before the hour usually prescribed for all men to be in camp. Cheap excursion rates for the round trip would be out of the question however, as we are handling all the business, as reasonable as we can handle it, that we can get equipment for in this war emergency when the United States is requiring so many cars.”

The Santa Fe and Southern Pacific are jointly completing a new baggage station here and the new stock yards, east of the depot, are well along towards completion. The old stock yards were torn down to make room for Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, August 29, 1917

April 13, 2013

Making Camp Cody Ready – Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:00 pm

Deming Has Plenty of Water

With an estimated water supply here of 3,500,000 gallons each 24 hours, it is said Camp Cody will require about 450,000 gallons a day. The city and the railroads use about 500,000 gallons per day.

The contracting firm of Black & Veatch, of Kansas City, Mo., is represented here by engineer C. A. Haskins, who will probably be the engineer and superintendent of construction of the army camp. The firm has the cantonment contracts at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Captain Murphy Camp Quartermaster

The army officers who made the final inspection of Camp Cody are Col. Edwin A. Lewis, Major Theodore Lamson, medical corps, Captain James Regan and Captain Charles M. Murphy, quartermaster corps. Captain Murphy, formerly trainmaster on the Tucson-El Paso division of the Southern Pacific, will be camp quartermaster. He and Mrs. Murphy have taken up their residence here. H. P. Demand, of the Y. M. C. A., William C. Barnes and engineer Green, of the Southwester, were in the official party. Deming men who acted as hosts were mayor M. A. Nordhaus, A. W. Pollard, A. A. Temke, J. G. Cooper, N. A. Bolich and Willard E. Holt. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 16, 1917

April 6, 2013

Making Camp Cody Ready – Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:19 pm

First Steps Taken To Receive National Guard From Four States

First steps in the construction of the tent city and supply storehouses that will shelter the national guard organizations from Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, ordered to Camp Cody, and their provisions and equipment, were taken when a board of army officers from El Paso, accompanied by El Paso & Southwestern railroad officials and Y. M. C. A. representatives, were met here by local chamber of commerce men and motor car tours made of the camp site and conferences held.

Camp Cody, as at present defined will include all the ground from the quartermaster buildings t the Mimbres river and between the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe railroads to a half mile west of the Pennington farm, comprising about 800 acres aside from the aviation field southwest of the city and 6,400 acres of rifle and artillery range northwest of the camp. It has been estimated that about 30,000 men and 10,000 animals will be quartered on the grounds. The stockyards will be moved east of the city. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 16, 1917

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