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March 31, 2018

To Muster Out Camp Cody Men

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:40 pm

Officers For This Purpose Pass Through El Paso On Wednesday

Immediate mustering out of the troops at Camp Cody is planned, according to Garnett King, general passenger agent of the E. P. & S. W. railroad.

Three carloads of men, 125 all told, passed through El Paso Wednesday morning en route to Camp Cody to look after the military end of the demobilization. Mr. King has been ordered to look after the transportation arrangements.

The men are to be mustered out as fast as the party which reached there Thursday can go over the papers. Each man will be paid transportation to his place of enlistment or the place from which he was drafted. He can then buy a ticket to any point in the United States at any point in the United States at two-thirds the regular fare, without stopover privileges, however.

Mr King says he thinks many of the men will wish to visit El Paso and that they will probably pay regular fare to come in here for a visit and then will buy their two-thirds fare tickets to their home cities from here. However, he will be prepared to sell tickets to all of them to any point direct from Camp Cody.

Mr. King believes the mustering out of the Camp Cody men has been delayed because on December 1 the charge for Pullman fare is to be eliminated. Soldiers, as well as others, have to pay this extra fare to ride in a Pullman under the present rule. When the charge is abolished, a soldier may still ride on a two-thirds fare ticket and then occupy a Pullman merely by the purchase of a Pullman ticket. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 28, 1918


Military Parade – Deming, New Mexico

March 26, 2018

C. LeRoy Meisinger – Thanksgiving Day at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:00 pm

Journal Entries from “My War Diary June 2, 1917 to March 19, 1918: A Chronicle of My Twenty-Six Months within Five Thousand Miles of the Western Front” by C. LeRoy Meisinger – dated November 29, 1917

Thanksgiving Day. On such a day as this, I begin to think that this is the first such holiday that I have been away from home; and I wonder if a year from today, I will be up to my knees in Flanders. But my work came to the rescue, for holidays may come and holidays may go, but my work goes on forever. About nine o’clock I received a telegram from home and I appreciated it very much. We worked on until noon, when we heard the mess call, and hurried to see what Uncle Sam had for dinner. And we were well satisfied for there were more things to eat than our mess kits would accommodate; turkey, oyster dressing, potato salad, cranberries, potatoes, all heaped together in the most cosmopolitan fashion. On the flat tray of the kit were butter, celery, green onions, radishes and stuffed olives, and pumpkin pie with ice cream. And for the cup we had the choice of cocoa or lemonade. Too soon it was over, and the vision of a hoped – for siesta, or, to be military – a bit of bunk – fatigue went glimmering. Indeed, it was four o’clock before our work was over.

Submitted by and Copyrighted by Suzanne Silk and C. LeRoy Meisinger


Camp Cody WW1 Mess Hall – Deming, New Mexico

March 17, 2018

C. LeRoy Meisinger Arriving at Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:50 pm

Journal Entries from “My War Diary June 2, 1917 to March 19, 1918: A Chronicle of My Twenty-Six Months within Five Thousand Miles of the Western Front” by C. LeRoy Meisinger – dated September 17-18, 1917

“Just out of El Paso we were temporarily delayed by a landslide, but passing that we sailed merrily along for Deming. The day was cloudy and occasionally did the sun break thru. There were detached mountain ranges all about, but, in the immediate vicinity of the train, the land was flat and sandy, covered with cactus, horned-toads, tarantulas, and here and there a transient Mexican family seated about a camp fire beside their covered wagon.

At five o’clock the trained pulled into Deming. A fine mist was blowing and the sky was gray. We were forbidden to leave the train, but we could see out the window, extending off to the north lines of tents and rows of wooden mess shacks – almost as far as the eye could reach. In the distance long lines of motor trucks were to be seen; and as the train came to a stop the motors began to purr and move forward. They traveled at high speed across the soft red sand and soon were unloading our baggage. In due time we left the train and marched for a mile and a half to our headquarters. It was getting dark when the trucks began to unload their cargo of boxes, trunks and so forth.

As very often happens, a mistake was made, which resulted in all our baggage being left at the wrong company street; the solution was simply to move it all by hand. And even the sergeants worked! Fortunately, I rescued all my goods from the chaos.

It was raining, and almost dark, when we discovered that only three tents had been set up to accommodate a company of approximately sixty. These were intended for the regimental staff, the supply sergeant and the band director. But we went together, and those who couldn’t get into one of these three tents, slept on the tables in the mess shack. In Barry’s tent, where I slept, there was the Chief and Principle Musicians, two sergeants, three corporals and two privates.”

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“After we had all our equipment in the tents, piled about the center pole and our cots set up (Ernest) Harrison, Max Bixby and I set out to find a pie, some photo supplies, and a telegraph office, respectively. It was very dark and little puddles of water were all about. There was no light save the glare of the lights on passing autos, and the weird glow of the
incinerators. For two miles we walked stepping into water frequently. Finally, we reached the station where I forwarded my telegram.

Next, we strolled up the main street of Deming. In general appearance, Deming is like any other small town except that a romantic color is added by the soldiers and Mexicans, both of which appear in great profusion. The streets had the appearance of a foreign bazaar. We went up one side and down the other, found some excellent malted milks and pies, then started home.”

The road that was two miles up was four miles back. Once I stepped into water up to my knee, which seemed to appeal to the odd sense of humor that my companions possessed. It was pitch dark and muddy. The stars were beginning to break thru the clouds, which gave us hope for a bright morrow. At last, we were home, and tired enough to turn in for our first cool night in Camp Cody.”

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“We arose at five o’clock after a very cool night. But that was soon forgotten in the beauty of the sunrise. The sun was breaking thru the clouds, happily revealing the Florida mountains to the southeast, the Tres Hermana to the south and a range to the north. They are going to be good friends to us. Sometimes their heads are in the
clouds and others they stand out brilliantly in the morning sun.”

Submitted by and Copyrighted by Suzanne Silk and C. LeRoy Meisinger


March 10, 2018

More than 2,500 New Soldiers to Arrive at Camp Cody Today

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:05 pm

Today will mark the arrival of more drafted men at Camp Cody than any other day of the seven which began last Friday. A total of 2,549 embryo soldiers will get their first sniff of Deming dust. All are from Texas, Arizona and Colorado and most of them are coming in special trains, the first arriving at 5 o’clock this morning. The special trains will be shunted right into the Camp Cody yards and the men will detrain there, thus depriving Deming of the chance to see them until they have on their uniforms.

However, a few of the men will be unloaded in town. This afternoon, at 2:04, eighty-six men from Arizona will arrive on train No. 2, coming in special coaches. An additional 180 selects from the Copper state will arrive at 7:05 to night on No. 110, and at 8:20 sixty Texans will get here on No. 109. The rest of the 2,509 soldiers will arrive in special trains throughout the day, with 2,080 men coming from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

Yesterday 445 men from New Mexico reached Camp Cody and Saturday 191, also from this state. They were placed immediately in the casual camp, where they will be in quarantine for three weeks. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, May 27, 1918


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