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June 9, 2014

Southern Pacific Railroad Official Likes Camp Cody – Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 1:52 am

D.W. Campbell, Assistant General Manager of pacific System, Visitor at Deming.

“Camp Cody is one of the best arranged and most sanitary cantonments that I have ever seen,” said D.W. Campbell, assistant general manager of the Pacific system of the Southern Pacific, who arrived in El Paso from Deming. New Mexico, on Wednesday, in his private car Siskiyou. Mr. Campbell is accompanying W. R. Scott, vice-president and general manager of the Pacific system, on a periodical tour of inspection of the line from San Francisco to El Paso. With Mr. Campbell is J. W. Fitz Gerald, superintendent of the Tucson division of the road.

Mr. Scott will leave Thursday morning in his car, Delmonte, over the El Paso & Southwestern for Denver and from there he will return to San Francisco by way of Ogden. Mr. Campbell and Mr. Fitz Gerald will leave for the west some time Thursday evening.

The party of officials spent Tuesday in Deming inspection the great army camp at that point for which the Southern Pacific is handling a tremendous amount of business. It is estimated that between 25 and 30 cars of food and other supplies are unloaded daily on the siding at Camp Cody.

Camp Cody Men Do Bit.

“And right here I want to say the Camp Cody men are doing their bit to relieve the present car shortage and are setting an example that should be followed by merchants in this section.” said Mr. Campbell in reference to the great amount of business resulting from the camp.

“Throughout the country one hears the wail of more cars,” he continued. “This shortage can be relieved if every man will do his bit. And he can do his share by not keeping a car on his siding over twelve hours. Any car can be loaded and unloaded with any commodity in 12 hours, whereas, under present conditions many men are holding up cars for 24 hours, while unloading or loading them.

“By keeping the cars moving we can avoid a shortage.” The railroads are doing their bit. We are working night and day, keeping traffic moving in order to avoid congestion. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 22, 1917

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