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December 27, 2014

Camp Cody Minstrels Equal To Famous Big Time Shows

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:52 pm

Texas Grand Packed to Capacity at first Performances Yesterday

Catchy songs, sung by talented singers and a repertoire of funny jokes “cracked” by clever comedians featured the Camp Cody minstrel show which opened a two day performance at the Texas Grand theater Saturday matinee and night. The performance will be continued this afternoon and evening.

One hundred enlisted men of the Thirty-Fourth division, participated in the minstrel show. The theater was taxed to capacity at both the matinee and evening performance Saturday. The S. R. O. sign was hung out at the evening performance long before it was time for the curtain to ascend.

The minstrel show was almost the equal of Lew Fields, the Primrose and “Honey Boy” Evans minstrels of former years. Sandwiched in between the minstrel show was a number of specialty acts that were clever and were encored by the large audience. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 29, 1918

December 21, 2014

Camp Cody is Quarantined

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:40 pm

City of Deming, New Mexico Also Quarantined, On Account if Influenza

Albuquerque, N. M. – Camp Cody, at Deming, has been quarantined for Spanish influenza, according to official notification received here today by acting food administrator H. G. Bush. The city of Deming is also under quarantine. It has not been stated to what extent the malady has spread among the soldiers and civilians. Thirty-three cases in mild form of influenza were reported by the surgeon at Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, October 4, 1918

December 13, 2014

Camp Cody is Now Vanishing

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:56 pm

Big Force Is Wrecking a Section a Day, Salvaging the Materials.

Captain H. J. Cook, Q. M. C., in charge of utilities, and Lieutenant Olen Featherston, with Sergeants Crowder and Fredericks, and a crew of 600 soldiers and a civilian force of 25, is wrecking a section a day, leaving only the mess halls, latrines and bath houses, from which are taken the doors and windows and all hardware. Then floors are kept intact, but walls and post going into the salvage pile.

The half million dollar sewer system with 2,000,000 gallon septic tank, will be salvaged as far as possible. There are three 200,000 gallon water tanks just completed that have never been used. All base hospital and remount building are unmolested. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918

December 7, 2014

Camp Cody for Gassed Men

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 5:00 pm

It would be a splendid idea for the war department to designate Camp Cody, at Deming, New Mexico, as a recuperation camp for gassed soldiers, of whom there are man6y thousands.

Gassed soldiers are true invalids. Gas affects the lungs and bronchial tubes severely. It induces a distinct tendency towards tuberculosis. In fact, many gassed soldiers have developed tuberculosis and are now under treatment. To combat the tubercular tendency and afford proper recuperation, a year’s treatment in the right kind of climate, with proper facilities and the best kind of surroundings, is needed.

Deming’s superlative climate is all that could be desired. Sunshiny, dry and warm, it is priceless as an aid in restoring the invalid soldier to full health. Deming’s water is of high purity, which is another important factor.

And the camp is there, buildings, streets, water and light connections – everything.

No great distance from Deming is Fort Bayard, the army sanitarium, where tubercular officers and enlisted men are given special treatment. A number of gas victims are under treatment there.

But Fort Bayard can accommodate only a fraction of the total of gas victims. Why not use the facilities available at Camp Cody?

Before long, demobilization will have taken from Camp Cody the division now there for training. The movement of men away from the camp will soon be under way and quarters for gassed men will be available before demobilization is complete. Gassed men could be sent there at first in small numbers and then in larger numbers as accommodations are ready.

There is every reason why Camp Cody should be designated as a recuperation camp and it is to be hoped the war department will so realize and issue appropriate orders. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, November 30, 1918

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