Myron A. Kesner, local representative of the Fosdick army camp commission, presented to the council several propositions which he argued were in the interest of the soldiers in Camp Cody and the community. First was the stopping of public begging on the streets. The council directed the city marshal to order beggars to leave town or be arrested for vagrancy. Second was the closing of pool rooms at midnight, and the marshal was ordered to notify those places to close. Third was the matter of suppressing private proprietary medicine vending on the streets. It was agreed by the council to raise the daily license of $6 per day to a prohibitive rate.
Mr. Kesner also proposed the prohibition of girls under 16 years of age working in public amusement places like cabarets, where men congregate, but the council could not see that it had the legal power to undertake this, it was stated. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, December 5, 1917
Down Town Deming, NM During WW1
Novel Event Will Be Given at Turner Amusement Park on New Year’s Day.
The western barbecue for the soldiers of Camp Cody on New Year’s day promises to be one of the most mammoth and novel events ever staged in the southwest. It will be held at the Turner Amusement park west of the city near the camp grounds, and P. W. Turner, owner, J. W. Randolph, manager, and Myron A. Kesner, representative of the committee on training camp activities, are busy preparing the grounds for the great feast. Many packages of food and delicacies are coming, the stock-men will provide the beef, and Mr. Turner has a force of workmen engaged in building up the mile long table where the soldiers will be seated. This table will be erected in the form of an ellipse, and the barbecue promises to be one of the most spectacular events ever witnessed in this camp or any other in the United States. No effort or expense will be spared to make it one of the most memorable in the southwest and in the lives of the 25,000 soldiers who constitute the Sandstorm division of Camp Cody. It will be a tribute to the generosity of the promoters and supporters, and give the men who are training her some idea of the hospitality of the southwest. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 28, 1917
Enlisted Men, Civilian Graduates and Undergraduates in Colleges Eligible.
Authority was received at Camp Cody today, and at all the other National training camps and cantonments of the country, to organize an officers’ training school, to which enlisted men of the division, civilian graduates and undergraduates of colleges and universities having a course in military training are eligible. The attendance at each training school will be approximately 440 men, and the training units will consist of a company of infantry and a battalion of field artillery. The course will cover three months of intensive training from January 5 to April 5, 1918.
Quota from Each Organization
The quota from each organization will consist of 1.7 per cent of its strength, and all applications must be made before December 1. The number of applications submitted to the division commanders must not exceed 10 per cent of the strength of the various organizations. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – October 20, 1917
Army officers in charge of the construction work at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico will not employ laborers through labor agencies, but will have contractors secure employes through their own agents. This word was received Tuesday morning by the chamber of commerce from the officer in charge of construction at Camp Cody.
This decision was reached because military officers held that the fee of one day’s wages charged the employee by the labor agency was too high. It is asserted that the charge of this fee would lessen the number of men willing to go to Deming to work. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, August 7, 1917
From division headquarters an order was made public declaring Christmas and New Years days legal holidays No work will be required of the men except the necessary guard and fatigue duty. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 22-23, 1917
El Paso Company Builds Portable Houses At Camp Cody
The Willing Sales company, of El Paso, has come forth with a novel scheme of providing housing accommodations for those officers who are unable to obtain rooms for their families. The plan has the approval of the military authorities, and there is no doubt that the men will take advantage of it.
Mr. Willing has secured permission to use a portion of the vacant land at Cook and Cody avenues, in Camp Cody, and proposes to put up a number of portable two and three room houses, to be sold to officers.
It is also proposed to establish a central dining hall, where the men and their families may be served. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – September 20, 1917