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June 27, 2015

Camp Cody Ordnance Supplies Are Sent to Fort Bliss

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The ordnance supplies that have been stored in specially constructed buildings, have been sent to Fort Bliss, and the ordnance depot company mustered out. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, December 19, 1918
Division On Review

A division review was held of the 34th division at the old polo field, south of camp, this morning. It was the usual review, which takes place once to twice a month. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, March 23, 1918

June 20, 2015

Camp Cody Minstrels Make A Hit Here (Part 2 of 2)

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Schneeman Makes Magic

Al Schneeman, with what he called “A Little Parlor Magic,” took the whole stage to himself and he deserved it, if due credit is also given to the “hick” he called from the audience and made the butt of his tricks. The magic was good and the monolog was better. Nels Peterson, and enlisted man in civilian’s clothes, was the “goat” from the audience.

If any stranger instrument has ever been seen on the stage of the Texas Grand than the invention from which Elmer Allen elicited some very acceptable music, this reviewer missed the show.

Then came Jack Yellen, director of the show, who sang several of his songs. No opportunity was lost to take a rap at the dust of Deming, and several of the most appreciated jokes turned on this gritty point.

Wears Shredded Skirt

Then the audience had a good look at the only “girl” in the show, Jack Doyle as a hula maiden, shredded skirt and all. Frank Warren was his team mate, and the two of them put on one of the hits of the evening.

After that the company got right down to minstrelsy with two songs, “Dixie Volunteers,” by “Slim” Morrison, and “Darktown Strutters Ball,” by R. S. Gear. The last song was “Over the Rhine,” written by Jack Yellen, and making very popular prophecies as to what is going to happen soon on the German border. The incidental music is credited to Harry Wessel, who presided at the piano. There were in the ensemble a pair of artist on “de bones” who deserve mention.

Walter Mohnson, though not programed, had the figure and the falsetto to make his female impersonation laughably effective.

Is Real Profesh Show

There have been in the last month on Broadway, New York, two soldier shows which have been pronounced by the reviewers and proved by the box office to be hits, not because they were given by the boys whom everybody wants to help, but because they held their own in competition with any musical show in town. That is true of the Camp Cody Minstrels – in cast and production it is professional entertainment, and would “go good” anywhere.

Entertained at Club.

The Camp Cody minstrel troupe was entertained Saturday night at the University club with a smoker and speeches by some of the British officers at Fort Bliss. When the show the men went to the club, where they found a supper of sandwiches, chili and coffee. Many of the soldier boys from Camp Cody were in the college before enlisting, and they enlivened the club with college and patriotic song, yells and imitations. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday Evening, April 29, 1918

June 15, 2015

Camp Cody Minstrels Make A Hit Here (Part 1 of 2)

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Present Melodies, Colorful Costumes and a Real Vaudeville Ohio

Southern and patriotic melodies, colorful costumes, and an olio that would at the Texas Grand theater with the Camp Cody minstrels for two performances Saturday and Sunday. The first part disclosed interlocutor F. A. Groger, backed up by end man W. G. Wallace, Charles T. Salisbury, Harold Bailey, Ed Schletty and 45 other well trained voices. There were some trained feet, as well, mostly depending from the legs of W. G. Wallace, the “Jeff” member of the end men team, who can “evermore dance” and them some. The Camp Cody orchestra, under the direction of Ernest C. Meyer, supplied the music.

In the first part, John M. Malvern sang “So This Is Dixie;” Harley Horan sang “Don’t Try To Steal the Sweetheart of a Soldier,” and Walter Ford gave “Sweet Little Buttercup.” Then John Brodie appeared in his Scotch specialty and made one of the hits of the Evening, his brogue being the real thing, though some of his songs have been made popular by Harry Lauder. Hugh Hall’s juggling was good and Earl de Lapp’s contortionist feats, with the long-coupled end man trying to imitate him, provoked much laughter. N. F. Phelps sang “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday Evening, April 29, 1918


Harry Lauder

June 8, 2015

Camp Cody Minstrels In Last Week of Its Rehearsals

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Every Participant Already Letter Perfect in Part and Great Show is Promised

The last week of rehearsals for the Camp Cody minstrel show, watch will be presented at the Broadway theater Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights of next week, began Monday. Every man who will take part in it, whether he is a principal or a member of the chorus, is letter perfect in his part, songs or gags. Indication now point to one of the most successful efforts in the history of this part of the southwest.

The patronage which will be received by the show is not in doubt. It vies as a topic of conversation with the approaching visit of the Chicago Cubs, which is to say that it is uppermost in the minds of the officers and men.

Those who are to participate in the show are being given every opportunity by their company commanders to attend the rehearsals and to concentrate on making the production a success. In this step the organization commanders merely are following out a direct request made in Bulletin 19, issued by division headquarters. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, March 27, 1918

June 1, 2015

Camp Cody Minstrels Here This Week

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Saturday the Rivals of the Old Dockstader-Primrose Crew will Appear.

Did you ever see Lew Dockstader at his best and George Primrose?

There will be an opportunity to refresh your memory next Saturday and Sunday, when the Camp Cody Minstrels come to the Texas Grand.

Major T. C. Crimmins, assistant judge advocate of the 34th division at Camp Cody, arrived in El Paso Sunday night to complete arrangements for the minstrel revival which will start Saturday.

There will be two shows each day the army men are here, and there’s more talent in five minutes in the army lineup than George Primrose showed during a lingering lifetime. Yeah, honest.

Unearths Lots of Talent

Over 1400 men answered the call for volunteer entertainers at Camp Cody, and a world of talent has been unearthed by Jack Yellen, field representative of the Jewish Welfare board and the producing manager of the show.

Aside from Mr. Yellen every man on the stage is an enlisted man of the 34th division, and every man is good. There are clever comedians and good singers, the latter singing jazzy jingles by Jack Yellen.

After New Laurels

The army minstrels played at Deming for six nights, at Santa Rita, Fort Bayard and Silver City, two shows in each place, and they’re abandoning the church basement circuit to gather new laurels on the big time.

“It’s a professional entertainment,” declared one prominent El Pasoan, upon seeing the performance. “There’s nothing amateurish about the show. If they come down to the regular city I’ll surely take it in.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 22, 1918

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