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August 30, 2014

136th Needs Musical Instruments

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:46 pm

The person wishing to confer a favor upon the soldiers of Camp Cody can do so by giving musical instruments to the boys. Major Ezra C. Clemans, chaplain of the 136th infantry, is out with a plea for any sort of instrument, ukuleles, banjos, violins, guitars, harmonicas or even phonograph records. He wants to borrow them for the duration of the war, as he has discovered that there are more musicians that musical instruments in the Minnesota outfit. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, April 9, 1918

August 25, 2014

109th Ammunition Train Back From Three Day Hike

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 8:16 pm

Men and Officers Stand Up Well Under Arduous March; Few Blistered Feet

Do you know how it feels to hike 60 miles over the roads of the southwest carrying a full field pack?

Well, anyone can find out if they will ask the officers or men of the 109th ammunition train, which, moving as infantry, made the hike on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, reaching their quarters in Camp Cody late Saturday afternoon.

The men of the train says as a unit that they “have to hand it to” their commanding officer, Major Raymond Hogate. The Major started hiking afoot with his men when they left Camp Cody. “Aha, just wait a while and see him climb on his horse,” was the word passed up and down the line in whispers or even more audibly. But the major was game. He stuck it out with the best of them.

The hike took the men over a strenuous course of 20 miles per day in full marching order. Both officers and men stood it well. There were a few blistered feet, but the ambulance which accompanied the men westward to Gage station and back was called into service very little.

While camping at Gage the men had an opportunity to see Uncle Sam’s railroad management at work, or at least to judge of its activities. Throughout the night, as the men lay in their “pup” tents, it seemed as though one freight train followed another, the rumble and roar disturbing the slumbers of everyone mightily. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, March 26, 1918

August 16, 2014

37 Deaths Out of 2,100 Cases

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:03 pm

Col. Reddy Says That’s Record on “Flu” at Camp Cody; Status Better.

Col J. J. Reddy, division surgeon and chief sanitary officer of Camp Cody, authorized the following statement for publication:

“The camp was practically free from influenza, when the Minnesota and Oklahoma troops commenced to arrive. They were several days en route and were subject to much exposure to the prevailing epidemic. Upon their arrival at Camp Cody, practically 1,400 of them were sent to the base hospital as suspects, which raised the average number sent from ten to nearly 400. There have been about 2,100 cases sent to the hospital, with only 37 deaths.”

Deming Free From “Flu”

“The best demonstration of the wisdom of maintaining so strict a quarantine is the fact that Deming has had no epidemic at all and is practically free from the disease. They mayor and health authorities have co-operated with the camp in stamping out the disease. Many are being discharged from the hospital daily and we are on the road to safety again. The quarantine will be lifted as soon as it is deemed wise.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, October 31, 1918

August 10, 2014

34th Minstrels Give Good Show

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 2:11 pm

Guests at Khaki Club Are Service Board Subscribers and Rotarians.

The budget subscribers to the war camp community service and members of the Rotary club were delightfully entertained by the 34th infantry minstrels Wednesday night at the Khaki club with the presentation of the minstrel show which made a big hit recently at Ft. Bliss. The house committee of the club provided plenty of smokes, wafers and punch.

The background of the stage was decorated with flags and chrysanthemums, the latter being designed of crepe paper and fastened to a curtain. Several musical selections were played by the orchestra of the 34th infantry and as the curtain was slowly drawn aside the black faced soldiers sang “In the Evening by the Moonlight.” The show was a “scream” from start to finish. The singing and dancing was especially fine and many clever jokes were given.

“Homely Mose” Pleases

“Fun in a Barber Shop,” introducing W. J. Bryant as Homely Mose from Alabama, the spoon expert and Italian fandango, was exceptionally well done, and he as encored.

Talent was displayed in the solos W. H. Bennett, sang: “I Am All Bound Round With the Mason-Dixon Line.” “Calling On The Kaiser,” was sung by A. Robertson, and “So Long, Mother,” by G. M. Waller.

The dance by William Quinn was so good that he had to respond to an encore. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 30, 1918

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