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August 25, 2019

Singing Class Organized at Camp Cody “Y”

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:50 pm

Classes in mass singing will be organized here under the direction of Secretary Frenger of the Y. M. C. A. The men of all the organizations, and especially those who have singing ability, are urged to avail themselves of this opportunity. There will be a big regimental or brigade songs as “Over There”, the “Battle songfest monthly, with such inspiring Hymn of the Republic”, the “Star Spangled Banner,” rendered with a gusto that will make the echoes resound through the Boche trenches in Flanders ad in France. These programs will be followed by vocal solos, vaudeville ad speeches. None of the regular Y. M. C. A. programs will be curtailed in order to inaugurate these singing classes. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 7, 1918


135 Infantry – Camp Cody Band – Deming, New Mexico

August 18, 2019

Seventh Nebraska Troops May Come to Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:52 pm

There appears to be a possibility of the Seventh Nebraska infantry, which has been recruited, or very nearly so, in that state, being sent here; not as such an organization but its men as individuals, to help fill out the 34th division to full war strength. It is understood that the war department is willing to allow the men of this new regiment to come here if they are willing to come as individuals and be distributed among the military units here. So far the matter seems to stand as undecided. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, January 23, 1918


4th Nebraska And 3rd Minnesota Area at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

August 10, 2019

Service Cars Stop Running at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:17 pm

Order Reducing Fares Makes Soldiers Walk on Monday, With Prospect of Further Hikes in Future; More Than 200 Drivers Put Cars in Cold Storage; One Operator Arrested.

Monday was automobile-less day at Camp Cody in Deming, New Mexico, with the prospect that it was merely the first of a number of the same kind of days. For the first time since the camp was established there were practically no service cars plying between Deming and the camp. Several thousand soldiers who came to tow had to walk in ad walk back, for cars were not to be had at any price.

The reason for the new state of affairs is the order promulgated last week by military authorities that beginning April 1 no service car driver would be allowed to charged more than 15 cents for taking a passenger to or from the camp. The price has been 25 cents, and rather that stand for the decrease the more than200 service car drivers, almost unanimously, refused to operate their cars.

Not more than a dozen service cars entered the camp during the day, and most of there were small cars, the owners of which are willing to take a chance on making money at 15 cents rather than give up the business. However, even they were few and far between. Military authorities believed that with the approach of night, when the soldiers come to town by the hundreds, and every driver would be sure of capacity loads, the striking drivers would give in. Soldiers had to walk to town from as far away as Yucca avenue, a distance of five miles being unable to find any service cars.

At present both sides are playing a waiting game, the military authorities feeling confident that enough drivers will resume operations to handle the traffic, and the men equally confident that the authorities will have to rescind the new order in order to secure enough cars to take care of the business. The authorities say that 200 cars are many more than the traffic justifies and that when the number is decreased the ones at remain will be able to operate on the 15 cent basis, due to the increased patronage. The owners say they can’t make money at 15 cents eve with a capacity business, as the rush last only an hour or two at night when the men come to town and return.

Although there is considerable feeling among the drivers there were few breaches of the peace Monday. One driver who refused to operate his car was arrested on the charge of trying to obstruct traffic. It being alleged that he interfered with a driver who was carrying soldiers. The first driver who reached town with a load of soldiers Monday evening was set upon and beaten by a striking driver, following an argument.

A company which operates a bus line into the camp is doing a capacity business and it is reported other buses will be added. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 3, 1918

Jitney Drivers

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