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August 31, 2013

El Paso Designated As Supply Depot for Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:04 pm

All the purchasing of forage, fuel, foodstuffs, field, garrison and camp equipment, hardware, lumber and emergency supplies for the United States army, regular and newly nationalized, in the district from Presidio, Texas, to the Arizona border, including the 34th division at Camp Cody will be done at the general district deport in El Paso. This important duty for the local depot was given to depot quartermaster Captain James Regan Saturday by the war department. He immediately set things in motion to increase his office and warehouse forces materially to care for the great increase in movement which will result.

Raises Status of Depot.

Since the leaving of many regiments the El Paso depot had been reduced to field supply depot, continuing the quartermaster work only as pertained to the regular army district, subordinate to the department quartermaster at San Antonio. The new duties will place Captain Regan at the heard of as large and as important organization as Major William Elliott commanded here during the rush and training of national guard troops last year.

Pays All Troops Here.

Everything needed at Camp Cody will be bought through the El Paso depot. The paying of men’s salaries only, will be done by the officer designated there by Brigadier General A. P. Blocksom if he returns to that command. All disbursements for wages to the soldiers in the big district commanded by Colonel H. G. Sickel, outside of Camp Cody, will be vouchered and made El Paso.

Leaves Lots of Money Here.

Captain Regan explained Monday morning that much emergency buying would have to be done of El Paso merchants, notwithstanding the important contracts in force with eastern manufactures and jobbers. He takes bids on large supply contracts when there is time to do so he said. This will put practically as much government supply money in circulation here as last year’s method did, it was said by a merchant.

Captain Regan’s principal assistants are: Captain G. C. Randall, transportation officer; Captain G. H. Vauter, property officer, and Captain L. W. Kessler, finance officer. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, October 22, 1917

August 26, 2013

Six Hundred Pound Fruit Cake Is Baked for Camp Cody Hospital

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:57 am

The largest cake ever baked in the state of New Mexico will be served to the patients at the base hospital at their Thanksgiving Day dinner. It is a 600 pound fruit cake, and was baked by Alex, House, one of the patients. Following the dinner a musical and vaudeville program will be given by Jack Crawford and his troupe. The entertainment will be in charge of Mrs. R. C. Hoffman of Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, November 27, 1917


S. P. Gives Rate of $4.75 For Deming – El Paso Trip

A passenger rate of $4.75 for the round trip between Deming and El Paso has been giver by the Southern Pacific railroad to apply only on parties of 15 or more persons, who must go and return together. This rate was allowed after representations had been made to the company by the El Paso chamber of commerce, secretary George H. Clements said. Parties of 100 or more persons may secure a round trip rate of $3.55. This reduction will enable groups of soldiers at Camp Cody to visit El Paso at economical figures. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 5, 1917

August 22, 2013

Six Post Office Clerks from Minnesota Arrive at Camp Cody, Deming

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:50 am

The six clerks from the Minneapolis, Minnesota, post office for service in the Camp Cody branch arrived this morning and reported for duty. The fifteen clerks from Dallas, New Orleans and Texarkana, who came with the establishment of the camp, have not been able to take care of the heavy mail that followed the arrival of the soldiers, except by working from twelve to sixteen hours per day, and it was hoped that these additional men would relieve the tension. However, the two Texarkana men have been recalled and one clerk entered the railway mail service, which leaves the force below the number contemplated. Postmaster Fulks says that the best service possible will be given until more clerks can be secured. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 30, 1917


August 10, 2013

Second Iowa Now In Camp

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:54 pm

Three Trains Carrying the Regiment to Camp Cody, Make Stop in El Paso

Iowa’s second infantry regiment, Colonel Robert Bailey commanding from Des Moines and vicinity, made the second state contingent of size to reach Camp Cody, when three trains carrying that outfit detrained here Thursday night. Brigadier General H. T. Allen, of Cedar Rapids and staff, were at the station to welcome the commander.

There was only one company from the second here, A company, from Mason City, Captain John W. Garman, but troop A, Iowa cavalry, from Mareno. Captain Byron Goldthwaite and battery D, Iowa artillery, from Davenport. Captain Harry Ward, had been on police duty for the past two weeks. The regiment stopped in El Paso a short time Thursday afternoon.

Next expected is the third Minnesota infantry. Colonel Eva commanding, which left state Monday. Here it will take in company H from Olivia and company K, from St. Peter, of the second Minnesota, which have been orphan units for a couple of weeks. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, August 31, 1917

August 3, 2013

San Antonio Has A Rumor Camp Cody To Be Abandoned

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 pm

San Antonio, Texas – Rumors circulated here to the effect that the war department would seek another location for Camp Cody, under construction at Deming, New Mexico, and beginning to be occupied by state troops from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas, brought the reply from Colonel Malvern Hill Barnum, chief of staff to General John Ruckman, southern department commander, that no information has come from Washington regarding the abandonment of Deming as the location of the camp. β€œThe report is not correct, so far as I know,” said Colonel Barnum.

The discontinuance of sending carpenters to Camp Cody and the story that there was a lack of water at Deming, were assigned as reasons for the rumored abandonment of Deming as a training place.

San Antonio citizens stand ready to invite the department to send the troops to this city, it was said. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, August 31, 1917

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