Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the new commander of the 68th infantry brigade here, who recently arrived from his former command of the department of the northeast, got located on Wednesday in his permanent quarters with his command. He has had the brigade headquarters thoroughly improved for his office and quarters and a very nearby building is the office of the brigade adjutant, Major Arthur M. Nelson.
While his quarters were being remodeled, General Johnston has been the quest of Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the division, and at the Park hotel in Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 14, 1918
New Commander At Camp Cody Will Visit Gen Howze, Old Friend
According to information received at military headquarters, in the Mills building, Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the newly appointed commander of Camp Cody, will spend several days in this city while en route to Deming, New Mexico, to assume command of the post.
General Johnston is a personal friend of Brigadier General Robert L. Howze and will be the quest of the district commander while he is here.
General Johnston has had a noteworthy career in the army. He graduated from the United States military academy with the class of 1879, was appointed second lieutenant of cavalry, saw service in the Indian campaigns in the west along the frontier and later was ordered to the adjutant general’s department, where he organized the system of records and returns which was an immense improvement over those used previously.
Because of his valuable services, he was promoted to the grade of brigadier general in 1902. After this, he resigned in order to take care of extensive business interests which demanded this personal attention. At the outbreak of the present war he offered his services to the president and was promptly recalled, being appointed a brigadier general, national army. He was ordered to command the northeastern department last September and has been on duty in Boston up to the time of his present assignment to Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 30, 1918
Brigadier General John A. Johnston, who came from Boston, Massachusetts, where he commanded the northeastern department of the army, to take command of the 68th infantry (Minnesota) brigade at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, has been given the command of the 34th division, in place of Brigadier General Frank G. Mauldin, coast artillery, who has commanded the 59th field artillery brigade at Camp Cody and the division, since General A. P. Blocksom went to Honolulu, Hawaii.
General Johnston was here a day to visit Brigadier General Robert L. Howze, and old friend, while en route to Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, July 3, 1918
Brigadier General Frank G. Mauldin, commander of the Fifty-ninth artillery brigade, who was the commander of the Thirty-fourth division in Deming while Major General A. P. Blocksom was absent for several months, writes to the brigade adjutant, Major Oakes, that he is improving rapidly in health at the Army hospital at Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he went recently for medical treatment. His illness was not considered of a serious nature, but was due to overwork and too close confinement at his desk during the reorganization of the Thirty-fourth division at Camp Cody to conform to the Pershing plan. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 7, 1918