No regiment in Camp Cody enjoyed its Christmas celebration more thoroughly than did the 136th Infantry. Officers and men alike entered into the spirit of the holiday, and for the time being all were children once more, gathered around the Christmas trees prepared by the padre, Chaplain Ezra C. Clemans, with the aid of the ladies of the regiment. Major Clemans presided.
Not less than 3,000 were present Monday evening in the open-air auditorium of the regiment, where the two beautifully decorated trees were awaiting them. The decorations of tinsel, cotton snow, popcorn and apples had been placed on the tree by the woman’s committee, headed by Mrs. Clemons, Mesdames Schaefer and Cosgrove did the greater part of the work and were chiefly responsible for the beautiful appearance of the trees. The same committee decorated the regimental infirmary, also.
Short addresses were made by Colonel W. T. Mollison and Lieut. Colonel W. F Brandt. Santa Claus, who was recognizable as Arthur Larson, the chaplain’s clerk, then distributed Red Cross packages among the men. Chaplain Clentans also had special gifts for some of the men who had received nothing from home. C. R. McLean, dressed as a clown, put on some good stunt. The regimental band was present and played several selections
A Special feature of the tree was the distribution of big red apples, one to every officer and man present, these having been provided by Chaplain Clemans out of the regimental welfare fund. Mrs. Clemans arrived here a few days ago from Minneapolis, Minn., to spend the holiday season with her husband. She is stopping at 400 South Granite. – From Deming Headlight” 1 January 1918
Myron A. Kesner, chairman of the Deming War camp community service, who was here Monday afternoon, said that the Deming armory is the accepted social center for enlisted men in the 34th army division and that the club rooms, reading rooms and dancing floor are a great convenience for the soldiers of duty. He said that the armory is held exclusively for enlisted men, but that frequently officers and their wives join the men and young women of the best families in Deming is social affairs. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, February 26, 1918
Lieutenant Colonel John J. Reddy, division surgeon and chief sanitary officer of Camp Cody, authorized the following statement today:
“There is a considerable decrease in the number of influenza cases reported. Of all cases brought to the hospital, about 20 percent develop pneumonia, the fatalities amounting to only 3.38 percent.”
Texas Sergeant Dies at Camp Cody
The death of sergeant first class Terrel MacOliphant, manger of the Q. M. C. exchange, is generally mourned throughout this camp. The widow and military escort will take the body to his old home in Georgetown, Texas. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – October 22, 1918
Sgt. John c. Campbell, of the 67th brigade, left Thursday with 18 horses for Cedar Rapids, Iowa. These are horses which belonged to various officers who brought their mounts with them. These officers had the privilege of selling their mounts to the government at certain prices, provided those horses passed muster. Some did so sell their horses, but others would not sacrifice at the price offered, or for other reasons preferred to keep them; hence this shipment. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, April 12, 1918