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March 26, 2016

Jessie Sutherland at Camp Cody Theatre

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:39 pm

The management of the Cody theater wishes to call the attention of their addition to this week’s bill, which includes Miss Jessie Sutherland, the champion diving girl of the Pacific coast, and to the great food speculation picture, “The Public Be Damned” which will be shown Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of next week. – “Deming Headlight” date unknown



In a Letter to his Friends in Wichita Falls, written from Camp Cody, N. M, where he has been stationed for about two weeks, B. L. Churchwell describes. his experiences and the life at the camp, and reports himself and the other of his acquaintance well satisfied with conditions. Among other things he states that the thermometer usually stands about 108 in the shade in the day although the nights are very pleasant, and that at the time of the writing the first rain the camp had seen since October was falling. – “Wichita Falls Daily Times” August 1918

March 23, 2016

More Draft Men Coming to Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 7:13 pm

Between now and the first of July about 6,000 more draft men will hive reached Camp Cody and will have been placed in the casual camp for treatment. Close to 4,000 had arrived up till last night and they impress those officers who will have charge of them most favorably. Out of all that number there was not a single man who wasn’t able to carry his liquor properly, there were only two flasks found on the lot of them, two guns and an icepick. – From “Deming Headlight”  20 July 20, 1918



In order to lay dust which would interfere with future parades, etc., the polo field which divisional reviews
are held was oiled during the week. This will serve to do away with one of the most unpleasant features
of the reviews, dust having interfered considerably in the past with these spectacular events. – From “Deming Headlight” Feb. 1918

March 12, 2016

Former Camp Cody Rector Now at Santa Rita

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:28 pm

Released from Army Duties to carry On Work at Big Chino Mining Camp

Rev. R. L.  Ferguson, who has been one of the most active camp pastors at Camp Cody, since the establishment of the Camp last August, has been sent to give his whole time to the work at Santa Rita. He has been camp pastor for the Methodist church among whom he worked, and the influence he welded will be felt by many a soldier on the battlefields of France.

He worked intimately with the Y.M.C.A. Secretaries, speaking to large groups in camp “huts”, helping in prayer meetings during the pneumonia epidemics, as well as visiting large numbers of sick at the base hospital.  His knowledge of conditions of camp life was perhaps the most through of any pastor in Cody. He made a host of friends among the boys and officers of the camp, all of whom regretted to see his labors ending in this field. The new work is a large prosperous charge. It has been developed altogether by Rev. Ferguson.

For several months he went from Camp Cody and built it from a virgin field to one of the most important and responsible works in New Mexico. The character of work done at Camp Cody bespeaks for Santa Rita a ministry  from Rev. Ferguson that will be felt by every person in that community, which is one of the most active mining towns in the Southwest. – 1916 or 1917, Exact Date Unknow

March 5, 2016

Fine Boxing Card At Camp Cody Stadium

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:46 pm

The three boxing bouts and the wrestling match that were staged by Tommy Cosmolly, boxing instructor of the 34th division, at Camp Cody on Saturday were admitted on all hands to he the best that have yet been arranged for the entertainment of the soldiers and the civilians who were lucky enough to see them.

In the wrestling match, Color Sergeant Filmore of the 135th infantry threw Sergeant Burroughs of the 134th infantry in two minutes. Burroughs substituted for Milholland of the 134th, who was injured in training. This bout was refereed by Billy Kieck, the boxer of the casual camp, who was introduced by Capt. L. R. S. Ferguson as the new pride of the Sandstorm division.

In the preliminary’ bout between Jack Barry of the 127th field artillery and Willy Kelly of the 128th field artillery, the decision was given to Barry in the third round. Barry will fight at Fort Bliss tomorrow.

Kid Strayer of the 134th infantry lost the decision in the semi-windup to Roy Brennan of the 135th ambulance company at the end of six rounds of fast milling, but the margin was a very narrow one. Strayer and Brennan were both fighting all the way, with Brennan doing moat of the forcing and keeping the dough boy in his own corner moat of the time.

Ralph Alexander, the Cody heavyweight champ, won from- George Lambeon in the sixth round of the main bout. Lanibson showed a lot of class, but he was outweighed by several pounds and has a shorter reach than Alexander. He kept the big fellow working all the time to win. – From “Deming Headlight” Summer 1918 date unknown.

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