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April 28, 2018

Major Charles H. Miller At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:51 pm

Major Charles H. Miller, constructing quartermaster at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, was born November 30, 1866, and, before receiving his commission as major of engineers, U. S. R., June 19, 1917, had not previous military experience. He is a civil engineer by profession, having graduated from Le-high universality in the 1888 class of civil engineering. He has had thirteen years experience as an engineer on improvement work in the Mississippi river under the direction of the United States Engineer corps. He has been engaged in every character of work connected with the improvement, including surveys, dredging, bank revetment and levee construction. He was superintendent of construction for four years with the McClintie-Marshall Construction company of Pittsburgh when they erected their Pittsburgh plant.

Major Miller was in charge of the drainage and bank protection work for the Missouri Pacific and Iron Mountain Railway system while engaged at the same time as special consulting engineer for six other railroads. He was president of the Miller Engineering company, now the Miller-Butterworth Company of Little Rock, Ark., for six years; chief engineer for a number of large drainage districts in Arkansas and Missouri and a member of the Dayton Flood committee.

His construction work at Camp Cody makes it one of the best of its character in the country. The average American reading history is prone to image that armies are constantly marching and fighting and seldom realize that they must have places to sleep and eat and to train and equip. Warfare is organization; the actual fighting is a mere incident. It is providing the places where soldiers are really made that Major Miller excels and doubtless his greatest achievements in the field are still ahead of him Major Miller’s two daughters are attending school in Little Rock, Arkansas, but Mrs. Miller recently joined him in Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 23, 1917

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Major Charles H. Miller

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April 23, 2018

Bishop P. J. Hayes Visits Camp Cody Catholic Chaplains

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:27 am

Bishop P. J. Hayes, of New York, on his way east from the Pacific coast, stopped off at Camp Cody on Wednesday morning to visit with the three Catholic army chaplains in this camp and also the Knights of Columbus hall. He is the bishop of the national war council who is over the Catholic chaplains in the army and also the chaplains of the Knights of Columbus halls. He is making a tour of army camps in the line of his duties. The Rev. Leslie Cavanaugh, of New Orleans, who was here last Sunday, is his assistant.

The Catholic chaplains in this camp are Lieut. J. J. Martin, of the 109th ammunition train; Lieut. Sylvester Harter, of the 127th machine gun battalion of the 126th machine gun battalion and on chaplain’s duty at the base hospital. Lieut. J. Barry, chaplain of the 1st United States regular cavalry, at Douglas, Arizona, came up to meet the bishop. While here, bishop Hayes was the guest of the Rev. Jos. Carnet, in Deming. The bishop was formerly bishop of the diocese pf Brooklyn, New York. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 11, 1918

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April 15, 2018

Mysterious Fire At Camp Cody Stables Does Big Damage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:24 pm

Many Horses and Mules Burned to Death and Damage Estimated at Fully $10,000.

A fire which destroyed an entire line of stables in the rear of the One Hundred and Ninth engineer regiment at Camp Cody, burned a number of horses and mules to death and injured many others, inflicting damage unofficially estimated around $10,000, occurred Friday night about 8:30 o’clock. But for the valiant efforts of the soldiers volunteer fire fighters, aided by the Deming fire department, the fire would have spread to other buildings. A large quantity of hay which was threatened, was saved.

The number of horses and mules dying as a result of the fire either was 21 or 25, accounts varying, and there being no official information obtainable. One report was that 17 animals have been burned in the stables, and four more killed Saturday, when it was seen that there was no chance for their recovery. Another said that 18 animals have been burned to death and yesterday seven more killed to put them out of their agony. Several men were more or less severely burned attempting to rescue the animals.

The fire was discovered by a guard who is said to have seen a bale of hay in one end of the stables burning fiercely. He gave the alarm and awoke everyone within reach. The stable crew ran through the blazing buildings, cutting the halters and leading the frightened animals out of danger. However, animal after animal either refused to leave the stable or after being taken to a place of safety broke away from their would be saviors and dashed back into the fire, to suffer death or fatal burns. The fact that the interior of the stables had been sprayed with oil to aid sanitation and kill lice, caused the fire to spread more quickly that other wise would have been possible.

An official investigation of the fire is being conducted by a board of officers from the engineer regiment, which will report its findings to division headquarters, through channels. The origin of the fire is a mystery, but it is thought to have been caused by a careless smoker throwing a cigarette but or lighted match down into the stable. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 12, 1918

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Remount Depot 326 – Camp Cody – 1917

April 9, 2018

Minnesota Soldiers Start Camp Cody Newspaper, the ‘Reveille’

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:38 am

The first issue of the “Reveille,” the newspaper of the 136th infantry, (Second Minnesota), has made its appearance in the shape of a three column four page paper. It was filled with brief, newsy items about the regiment, its personnel and what it is doing. The following constitute the staff: Major E. C. Clemens, chaplain 136th infantry, manager: Major Arthur M. Nelson, adjutant 68th brigade, editor: Lieutenant Aug. Marschier, machine gun company, 136th infantry, publisher: Lieutenant Harold S. Jordan, company L, sporting editor. Major Nelson, the editor was formerly editor of the Fairmont (Minnesota) Citizen. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, October 15, 1917

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