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February 26, 2018

More Tents Going Up At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:29 pm

The work of putting up new tents, so as to decrease the number of men from seven and eight in a tent to five is already under way in good shape all over the camp. In most every section the new white tents are in evidence.

On account of this great increase of the number of tents in some, at least of the batteries of the field artillery, the streets are doubled. In the case of the 127th regiment the 109th trench mortar battery had to move over to the east side of the section to make room for the former. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 12-13, 1918

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Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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February 17, 2018

More Draft Men Will Arrive at Camp Cody on May 27

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:54 pm

Work of Making Ready Camp in Section 9 and 10 Being Rushed by Officers

In preparation for the coming of the men of the selective draft, who will begin to reach Camp Cody on May 27, the working of making ready the camp in Section 9 and 10, is being rushed. Major S. B. Philpot, who has been in command of the 125th machine gun battalion and ranking machine gun commander of the camp, has been detailed as commander of the camp. Captain H. L. Higbee, 133rd infantry, is the adjutant of the camp Captain, and Captain H. R. Heath of the same organization, have been named as battalion commanders and acting majors. Both have reported for duty, Captain Brewster, of the 134th infantry, who also will act as battalion commanders, were expected to report for duty late Saturday. Lieutenant H. H. Kline, chaplain of the 125th machine gun battalion, will act as chaplain of the camp.

A number of non-commissioned officers, drawn from the various organization of the camp, have been designated and will report for duty in the immediate future.

The Arizona men of the draft will be the first to arrive here, starting early in the day on Monday, May 27. Among the first to arrive will be the Cochise county men who, 252 strong, will assemble in Douglas, from which contingents will come from the following counties: Geenlee, 86 men; Yavapai, 219, Maricopa, 219; Pima 97; Santa Cruz, 8; Yuma, 170; Gila 171; Graham, 18; Mohave, 95; Coconino 188; Navajo, 99; Apache, 52. Practically all of the men will entrain on the 25th or 26th and arrive here on the 27th, with the exception of the group including Yavapai, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz county units, numbering 667, which will arrive here at 6:30 on the morning of the 28th.

Except for the Arizonans, no details on the arrival of the other units of the 7,048 drafted men have been made public. However, these schedules are expected to be completed within the next day or two and be made public through the office of Major H. M. Nelly, division adjutant, of Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymond, chief of Staff.- El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

February 10, 2018

Camp Cody’s Entertainers Offer a Lot

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:47 pm

That soldier life in an army camp need not be as dull as it is sometimes portrayed will be amply demonstrated when the boys in Camp Cody, New Mexico, don the gala costumes at the Texas Grand theater Saturday and Sunday. After having successfully entertained thousands of their “buddies” at Camp Cody and several thousands of other soldiers and civilians at Silver City, Santa Rita and Fort Bayard, the comedians and singers of the “Sandstorm” division are coming here to show El Paso that army life isn’t made up exclusively of drills and maneuvers and “kitchen police.”

Excellent Minstrel Troupe

And if the advance sale of tickets is any indication, El Paso and Fort Bliss will turn out in holiday fashion to welcome this extraordinary minstrel troupe, which 10 packed audiences have unanimously declared to be the best aggregation of soldier entertainers ever assembled in this country. More than that, thousands who have seen the Camp Cody Minstrels, declare that it is the best minstrel troupe that has played in the southwest in years.

Schneeman Is Magician

Directory Jack Yellen has unearthed some of the finest vaudeville talent at Camp Cody imaginable. There is Al Schneeman, who was well know on the Orpheum circuit as a magician, who rivaled the Great Herman before he laid aside his mysterious art to become a private in an ambulance company. Schneeman will give the same act with which he played the Orpheum circuit for years. His performance is not only mystifying but entertaining. He always keeps his audience laughing continuously at his pranks and witticisms.

Contortionist, Juggler, Singer

Then there is Earl de Lapp, a professional contortionist, who ties himself into all sorts of knots, and Hugh Hall, who juggles anything from a feather to a caisson wheel. Harry Lauder is now over in France entertaining the boys in the trenches, but El Paso will see his foremost imitator in private John Brodie, direct from “bonnie Scotland,” who twirls his “r’s” and wears kilts like a true Scotchman.

Has Coffee can Musician

One of the most interesting specialty entertainers is private Elmer Allen, who originally intended to become a violinist, but cultivated a knack of getting music out of cigar boxes, tin cans and other things, and who will show that there are other uses to which an old coffee can be put besides being turned into scrap.

Two Hula Dancers

The biggest laugh of all will be forthcoming when corporals Jack Doyle and Frank Warren take the stage dressed in the garb of Hawaiians and proceed to give the audience a version of the well known Hula dance that would make Toots Paka and Ann Penningto envious.

All arrangement for the coming of the Camp Cody Minstrel men are now complete and everything points to a most successful engagement. The troupe will arrive early Saturday morning and will give its first performance on Saturday afternoon. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, April 25, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

February 3, 2018

Moral Atmosphere in and About Deming is Very Much Improved

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Kromeke @ 4:28 pm

Considerable improvement in the moral atmosphere, of Deming and vicinity was noted by First Lieutenant Edwin W. Miller, sanitary corps, who is one of the men responsible for “cleaning up” the towns in the vicinity of training camps.

Things here looked very good, he said, after having spent two days looking over the situation and consulting with local men will in touch with underworld activities. Bootlegging and prostitution apparently have been reduced to a large extent, he found, while the venereal record of Camp Cody, as shown by figures published by the surgeon general’s office, is comparatively low.

Conditions in Texas are much better now than they have been, Lieutenant Miller said. Prior to coming here he worked in Waco and Dallas, in each of which places a cleanup has resulted. Five men now are working in the Texas field.

Lieutenant Miller is one of the members of the special force working under command of Major Bascom Johnson, but attached to the office of the surgeon general, their duties being to ferret out bootlegging, prostitution and other vicious influences in communities near training camps. He works in close conjunction with the community board on training camp activities. While here he spent considerable time with Myron A. Kesner, local representative of the community board. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 16 1918

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