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November 23, 2019

Home From Visit at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:45 pm

Mrs. Charles T. Smith is home after a three-weeks’ visit with her son, Captain Harold J. Smith, at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico. Mrs. Hyatt, who accompanied Mrs. Smith south, to visit Col. Hyatt, commander of all military trains of the division, is still at Deming, recovering from an attack of the grippe.

On the trip south the two ladies stopped at San Antonio where they saw Camp-Travis, Fort Sam Houston and the Kelly aviation field, seventy thousand soldiers being stationed there. At El Paso, they were met by Col. Hyatt and Captain Smith and the party spent several days there sight seeing.

Aside from inspecting the big military camp and visiting the many Webster City people at Deming, the ladies enjoyed trips to Silver City, Hot Springs, the big copper mines and many other points if interest withing a considerable radius of Camp Cody.

Mrs. Hyatt, who suffered quite a severe attack of grippe during her last week at camp, was unable to return home with Mrs. Smith, but is now able to be up and around, and will be home shortly. – Webster City Newspaper – Monday, February 4, 1918


Harold J. Smith – Dog Tags

November 16, 2019

Song Writing Comes Easy To Camp Cody Man

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:32 pm

Jack Yellen, Who Brings Minstrels Here Saturday and Sunday Tells How It’s Done.

“Song writing? Easiest thing in the world – and the hardest. Nobody in the world can teach another person how to write songs. If you’ve got the knack it’s a cinch, and if you haven’t, it’s the toughest game in the world.

This is how the gentile art of writing the songs of the nation is characterized by Jack Yellen, author of “Are You From Dixie?” and numerous other popular successes, who will appear at the Texas Grand theater Saturday and Sunday with the Camp Cody Minstrels. Mr. Yellen laid aside his ragtime pen several months ago and came from New York city to Camp Cody, New Mexico, to take charge of the Jewish welfare work there. His is the originator and producer of the Camp Cody Minstrels, made up of the best talent of the Thirty-fourth division and selected from 1,100 tryouts.

“I began writing songs when I was still in knickerbockers,” Mr. Yellen went on, “I usually got about $5 for a song. About five years ago I hit upon my first real success, “All Aboard for Dixie,” and sold it for $40/ The man who bought it from my partner and myself subsequently sold it for $5,000 to a publisher who had rejected the manuscript.

“A couple of years later I write “Are You From Dixie?” and – well, I wasn’t so foolish in disposing of that one. After that I kept on writing Dixie songs until people began to think I had a patent on Dixie, although I had never been south of New York. However, I guess I didn’t do Dixie any justice, judging from the success of “Back to Dixieland”, “Listen to That Dixie Band”, “Look Me Up When You’re in Dixie”, “Circus Day in Dixie”, and my latest, “There’s a Lump of Sugar Down in Dixie”, besides several numbers that didn’t turn out so fortunately.

“I’ve had my ‘flops’ as well as my hits. It’s largely a matter of luck and you never can tell when you’re writing a song whether it will turn out a million copy seller or a failure. But everybody had his flops, only the public doesn’t hear of them. As a matter of fact, a writer who can produce one hit out of 10 songs is batting a pretty good average.

Jack Yellen is one of the features of the Camp Cody Minstrels. He will sing several of his new numbers, which include his latest war songs, “So Long, Sammy”, and “Over the Rhine”. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, April 23, 1918


Jack Yellen – Camp Cody, New Mexico

November 10, 2019

Son of Colonel H. V. Eva Joins Father’s Artillery Outfit at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:52 am

Leaving his studies at the Virginia Military institute at Lexington, Victor Eva, son of Colonel Hubert V. Eva, commanding the 125th field artillery, has reached here to enlist in that regiment. His father has gone to San Antonio, Texas, to an officers’ school. Colonel Eva is from Duluth Minnesota where he was secretary of the Duluth chamber of commerce. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 2, 1918


Colonel H. V. Eva – Camp Cody, Deming, NM

November 2, 2019

Soldiers at Camp Cody Take $60,000 of Big Loan

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 7:15 pm

Lieutenant Ira N. Sprecher, head of the war risk insurance station and third Liberty loan officer for the 34th division, reported late, Saturday night, that he had received applications for bonds of that loan to the amount of $60,000 and that he felt certain of getting $100,000. These subscriptions are absolutely voluntary on the part of the soldiers, because they took nearly $2,000,000 of the second. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 29, 1918


1st South Dakota – Camp Cody – Deming, New Mexico

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