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November 11, 2018

Camp Cody Reclamation Branch

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:10 pm

The reclamation Branch of the quartermaster corps at Camp Cody in Deming, NM, brought to a remarkable state of perfection by Captain Stanley Eisman and his able assistants, Lieutenant J. S. Donovan, Lieutenant F. R. Jordan, Lieutenant F. W. Racine and a well selected office staff and corps of operatives, operates one of the most interesting demonstrations of what the war has developed in economy measures. It is the reclamation hat shop, which has an expert instructor, Private O. H. Runkel, formerly with the John B. Stetson Co. who came here with a thorough knowledge of the business from Camp Meade, Maryland. He is given splendid assistance by privates John Tyler, Perry Pugh and Bernard Farry and four soldier trimmers.

With an equipment gotten up very largely by the utilities branch, with the exception of the hat blocks and an eyelet machine manufactured by private Fred Khron, of the reclamation repair shop, this small but energetic force figures on turning out about one hundred perfectly reclaimed hats per day.

This branch of the conservation service is almost creative in its labor. It takes an article that has already served it purpose and makes of it a much better article than it was in the first place. Uncle Sam couldn’t buy for $1.25, the original price of the hat, an article nearly as good as the one reclaimed for 3 cents; thus eight soldiers are performing the double service of conservation and reclamation. Incidentally they are saving their country a hundred dollars per day out of practically nothing. – Deming Graphic – Friday November 15, 1918


Camp Cody Reclamation Branch


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