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March 28, 2015

Camp Cody Boys Are Entertained By 68th Brigade

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 4:15 pm

General Johnston Compliments Men Upon Their Noted Cheerfulness

Giving shows by brigades at the division exchange theater is getting to be the fad here. Wednesday evening the 68th infantry brigade, the third in line, gave an exhibition as its share of free amusement for the camp. The large open air theater was filled with enlisted men and officers, a few women and civilian men. Major Arthur M. Nelson, the brigade adjutant, was in charge and his wit and humor, in announcing the various numbers contributed much to the evening’s enjoyment.

While it was no part of the program Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the new commander of the brigade, made a few remarks, especially commending what he termed the “unconquerable cheerfulness of the 68th brigade.”

“Never in my life have I seen such cheerfulness among men,” said the general, “and I wanted you to continue that happy quality of mind, for we shall all need it “over there” where things won’t it is said, we have to eat some of the climate.”

The brigade and other soldiers in attendance proved General Johnston’s commendation of cheerfulness by the cheers they gave him, and the demonstrative appreciation shown to the performers. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 14, 1918

March 21, 2015

Camp Cody Ball Team Has Uniforms for Game with Chicago Cubs

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:28 pm

The uniforms that the Camp Cody baseball team will wear when it meets the Chicago Cubs have arrived. They are gray with a deep blue stripe, the cap is the same material. Across the breast of the jacket appears the legend “Sunshine Division.” On the right sleeve, enclosed in a diamond shaped band is “34th Div.” Blue stockings with white feet complete the classy layout.

The final lineup of the Camp Cody men who will fill the uniforms when the Cubs come Sunday, has been announced. They will be chosen from among the following:

Kennedy, Markuson and Hamacy catchers, Red Boy, Whitford, Wilson, Denny, Foss, Hakland, Kellar, Pope, Ward, De Lay, pitchers; Williams, Pentony, first base; Schaefer, Moore, second base; Kroy, Welsh, shortstop; Kelly, Somers, third base; House, House, Holliday, White Tree, J. B. Smith, outfield. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, April 4, 1918

March 14, 2015

Spanish Influenza Closes Churches all over the United States

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

“There has been something going on all over the United States for the last month which I am sure has never happened before in the religious history of the world,” said the Reverend Dr. Marion Browning, head of the M. E. church Spanish mission at Deming, New Mexico and Spanish education worker of the Y. M. C. A. in Camp Cody here yesterday; “and that is the closing of all the churches in this vast country on account of an epidemic, the Spanish influenza. According to my reading of religious history, and it has been quite extensive, never before except perhaps locally, has such an event occurred. It is a remarkable indication of scientific progress and the progress of such knowledge among the masses of the people. The closing of the churches has been and is universally accepted as the proper thing to be done in such a crisis. In the past such a thing on such a gigantic scale was never thought of, rather the people in their ignorance of hygiene and sanitary science looked upon the losing of their churches as a defiance of Providence if not as actual sacrilege.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, November 6, 1918

March 9, 2015

Circus Draws Two Big Deming Crowds

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 3:51 pm

The Sells-Floto circus, which played in Deming Thursday, drew large crowds from the surrounding country, while the giving of liberty to the men of Camp Cody allowed thousands of the boys in uniform to take in the big event.

The circus gave its usual clean performance, having several new stunts to please its patrons. As the season is just starting, the tents, costumes and properties were new and clean, presenting a marked contrast to the last of the season appearance.

The street parade at 11:30 o’clock was the usual, grand, gorgeous pageant of wonders, gathered from the four corners of the earth, with the clowns and elephants and all the rest of the familiar objects drawing the same enthusiastic reception from the kiddies that is witnessed every year. The employment of the national colors was the most noticeable feature, as time after time the soldiers along the route drew themselves to attention and saluted the flag, while civilians uncovered.

The circus left here late Thursday night over the El Paso and Southwestern railroad for Douglas, Arizona, where it was to show Friday. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, April 13, 1918

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