In addition to the above, bring a good supply of stationery, stamps, pipes, cigars, cigarets, tobacco, dental floss, tooth paste, shaving soap, housewife, gasoline, Vaseline, razor bone and strop, etc.’ as may be individually desired. Tobacco, soap and other toilet articles may be gotten here, but they are of English or French manufacture and are high in price. Paper is very high. French stamps are not used by our troops; we have our own mail service. There is not duty on the articles you bring with you.
Purchase at the point of embarkation enough fresh fruit, tobacco, newspapers and magazines for a sea voyage of about 10 to 15 days.
Take about $100 in paper money with you. Bring what company funds you are going to use over here in cash (paper). Paper or gold can be changed into French money at the Banque de Grance at the present time. At the shops you do not get so much.- El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917
Owing to the cool climate in summer and the cold sloppy winter weather the following articles are advised:
One truck locker, or clothing roll, or suitcase; one cot’ one silk floss, cot pad, light hair mattress, or air mattress; two or three heavy comforters; two or three army blankets (enough for two outfits, one for the trenches and one behind the lines, owing to the vermin), and one pillow
3 or 4 pillow cases.
4 pr 6 sheets.
3 or 4 shirts, o. d.
3 or 4 breeches, heavy.
3 or 4 blouses, heavy.
1 or 2 good uniforms to wear on leave or in the city when off duty.
1 or 2 hats and cords.
3 or 4 pairs of shoes, marching (In good condition and well soled).
1 or 2 pairs high hunting boots (water proof).
3 or 4 pairs heavy wool socks.
8 or 10 suits summer underwear.
3 or 4 suits summer underwear.
2 pairs o. d. gloves.
1 overcoat or sheepskin coat.
1 sweater, o. d.
3 or 4 suits pajamas heavy.
1 pair field glasses (cannot be gotten here).
1 folding bucket and basin, large.
1 folding chair, seat of strong material.
1 folding table for field officers.
1 flashlight, bring extra batteries.
12 towels, race.
2 towels, bath.
1 can, Miller’s or Proport’s saddle soap and sponge.
1 can, three-in-one No. 9 oil.
1 French dictionary or phrase book (vest pocket size can be gotten here).
1 pocket knife.
1 marble waterproof match safe.
1 field message book or guide.
1 trench mirror, or other strong small mirror
1 alarm clock (Baby Ben optional).
1 folding lantern (optional).
– El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917
Lieutenant Philo B. Buck of division statistical section said today that the schools in English for soldiers who are unable to speak the language will be opened Friday. First Lieutenant Leonard S. Galligher, Second Lieutenants Guy W. Cook, Charles M. Frey and Bryan Mudgett and Sergeant Blaine Simons, all of the Fifty-ninth depot brigade, will act as teachers, and these will be aided by six of the Y.M.C.A. Secretaries, with C. C. Read at their head. Lieutenant Buck will represent division headquarters at the school. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917
34th Division Liberty Loan WW1 Patch
Give Every Evidence of Beneficial Effect of Intensive Training Received
Traffic was halted and business was practically suspended in Deming this morning when the entire Sixty-seventh brigade marched through the main streets. At its head rode the commanding officer, Brigadier General Allen, whose soldiery bearing and qualifications have been the cause for frequent comment here. The troops marched north on Gold avenue to Pine Street, where the column turned east. This route was followed to Tenth street and thence into the Sixty-seventh brigade section of camp. The men gave every evidence of the beneficial effect of the intensive training and drill schedule adopted some time ago and the daily physical exercises which they are going through with. They are bronzed and toughened and appear fit for any emergency. Some of the draft men wore overall suits and carried dummy guns, but in physique and bearing they were scarcely distinguishable from their companions. With reference to their equipment, Major McGee said here a few days ago that practically everything required for them was in the division warehouses, but with the heavy requisitions coming into the quartermaster’s office the clerks were swamped and it would require some little time for them to issue the uniforms and other things necessary to fully outfit them. The Sixty-seventh brigade has been using the polo grounds south of the city for a drill ground and today instead of marching directly to the camp after the morning work out, General Allen swung his command around Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917