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February 16, 2019

Troops Leaving Camp Cody at Rate of 500 Daily

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:21 pm

Two troop trains are leaving Deming, New Mexico, daily, containing discharged soldiers, the ticket office there showing a daily sale of over 500 tickets, according to Garnett King, chairman of the El Paso passenger traffic committee. The government is furnishing individual transportation to all those soldiers living west of a line through Fort Worth, Des Moines, Ia., and to Minnesota. Men living east of that line are being sent to Fort Worth and Des Moines and demobilized there.

The federal authorities intend to demobilize most of the troops at Camp Cody, but the headquarters organization, the military police and the remount depot will be held until the last. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 10, 1918


Camp Cody – Mimbres Valley


February 10, 2019

Thompson Finishes Work on Big Contract At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:10 pm

J. W. Thompson, contractor, who for several months has been putting in big improvements in Camp Cody, has practically completed the work and the office force is now finishing its work. It is said that the work under the Thompson contract this time cost well over $1,750,000.

Among the principal items were a sewer system costing about $550,000; increasing and improving the water system, over $40,000, and installing ranges in kitchens for the new 97th division, which was to have been trained there if the war had continued as was expected, over $40,000.

Then there were bath houses with cement floors and with hot water equipment, and the like, considerable building, and other construction work. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, December 2, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

February 2, 2019

Camp Cody Soldiers Saved Deming From Big Fire

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:35 pm

Mayor Hamilton Sends An Official Letter of Thanks to General Johnston

Major R. F. Hamilton, of Deming, has sent the following letter to Brig. General John A. Johnston, commander of Camp Cody.

“Dear Sir: I am directed by the board of trustees of Deming to thank the officers and men of your division through you for the assistance rendered to our fire department and the people of Deming at Thursday’s fire.”

“The board of trustees, members of the fire department and the people of Deming are unanimous in their expressions of praise and gratitude for the inestimable services of the members of the 34th division, which alone made it possible to confine the fire within the area in which it was held and thereby prevented a conflagration which would have consumed practically all of the business section, perhaps even including the government warehouses in the east end of Camp Cody”.

“Permit me also to convey to you the admiration of the people of Deming for the men during the fire, for the courageous manner in which they went into hazardous places and to express the opinion that if the “Sandstorm” division displays the same courage, enthusiasm and singleness of purpose when it is called into action overseas, and we feel confident it will, it will give its officers and the whole country every reason to be proud of it.”

“Expressing the desire of the people of this community to be of assistance to you in every way, and that you may not hesitate to call upon us at any time should occasion demand, I am very respectfully yours. (Signed) R. F. Hamilton, Mayor”

The Deming Public Library association has sent a letter of appreciation to Major H. M. Nelly, adjutant of the 34th division for the help of the soldiers in saving all the library books and building. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 15, 1918


Cody Theatre Fire – Deming, New Mexico – July 1918

January 26, 2019

Beyerstedt Puts Out a Song For Camp Cody Fighters

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:54 pm

Violinist is Author Of Two New Songs, One Dedicated to Camp Cody

Bert Beyerstedt, “the violinist with the punch,” who recently appeared at the Crawford theater with the Raymond Teal company, has just published two snappy songs, one of them dedicated to the soldiers at Camp Cody. The songs are published by Beyerstedt Bros., Winona, Minnesota, Bert being on of the members of the firm.

The Camp Cody song is called “The Sandstorm Division” and bears a portrait of Miss Hazel Lake of the Teal company. The words are by Frank G. Jaquet, a former member of the Teal company.

The other song is called “Just a Girl and a Boy” and bears a full length portrait of Miss Madeline Lee, prima danna of the Teal company. The words of this song are by Arline Palmer.

The words to the “Sandstorm” song which is dedicated to the men of the 34th division, which Mr. Beyerstedt gives The Herald permission to publish, are as follows:

We are boys from Minnesota,
We are boys from South Dakota,
We are boys from Iowa, Nebraska, too
Through the sand and cactus drilling,
Just one thought our minds is filling
To collect a bill that now is overdue,
You’ll be sorry, Butcher Kaiser
But you’ll be a whole lot wiser
When this sandy, hand bunch get after you.


It’s the Sandstorm division
That will put kaiser Bill over the hill
When we get over to him, we will show-
That it’s a case of fight, not blow,
So, lookout, for we are on our way
And we will make you Germans pay
And you Austrians and Turks,
We will get the whole damn works
It the good old Yankee way – It’s the way.

There will be no more Turkish harems,
No more German harem-scarems.
We will crush your “me unt Got” phrase good and well,
We will make all you Huns,
Hear the voice of our great big guns,
We will then revenge the death of nurse Cavelle
And your baby killing kaiser,
We will grind to fertilizer.
Give to him a thro’ trip ticket down to hell


In this land that is so free,
No more sauerkraut you will see.
No more linburger the air will ever stench
No more “German fries” now will we eat
Or with German laager treat,
But bury all of them down in a trench
For the Sandstorm is out to kill,
And we will get you, kaiser Bill,
We’ll join our pals, the English and the French


El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, August 9, 1918


Camp Cody Band – Deming, New Mexico – WW1

January 19, 2019

Camp Cody Soldiers Have Garbage Rules

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:27 pm

Coming Out of Mess at Camp Cody, They Drop Leavings In Cans

Hereafter when soldiers emerge from their mess halls they will find confronting them seven, different cans for the reception of any waste that may be in their mess kits.

In the first can they will put bread, next meats and fats, then come bones, then coffee grounds and such, next tin cans and lastly fruit pits and seeds, which plum, olive and date, the latter being used in the manufacture of carbon for gas masks.

All these are kept separate and carefully weighed after each meal, and nothing that has one cent value in it is allowed to go to waste.

Records Are Kept.

Careful records are kept so that at any period designated the nutrition officer is able to report to the commanding officers the exact wast of any portion of food.

Where large numbers of men are served a “director of garbage” stands with a cane and indicates into which can articles are to be dumped.

Mess kits are washed, first in hot soapy water, next in clear water and lastly in clear hot water. Sanitation, conservation, reclamation, seems to be the camp slogan. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 15, 1918


A Company Kitchen – Camp Cody, New Mexico

January 12, 2019

Orders to Move 2,200 Men From Camp Cody Received

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 11:01 pm

Instructions have been received by Garnett King, chairman of the El Paso traffic committee, to give attention to the demobilization of 2,200 soldiers at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico. Richard Warren, of the E. P. & S. W. system, has been sent there to attend to the matter.

“Each day 500 must be moved,” said Mr. King. “I hope to complete the movement by making additional equipment to the schedule.”

There are 15,000 troops at Camp Cody, and 12,800 will be there after the present movement, it was reported. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – November 23, 1918


January 5, 2019

Train Kills Men Near Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:47 pm

Auto Driver and Three Soldiers Caught on Crossing by S. P. Freight

Walter G. McClure, driver of a service car; Vern Kinnaman and Roy V. Kinnaman, brothers, soldiers in the 134th ambulance company, and Leo McGrath, soldier in the 135th ambulance company, were killed Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock, when the automobile in which they were riding from Camp Cody to Deming was struck by a Southern Pacific fruit express train at a crossing.

Richard A. Smith and Robert Carlton, two other soldiers in the auto, were injured, but will recover, it is thought.

The Kinnaman brothers’ home was at Walthill, Nebraska, and McGrath lived at St. Paul, Minnesota. The injured men were also from St. Paul.

Driver From Texas

McGrath’s neck was broken and McClure was dragged under the train to instant death. Roy Kinnaman lived only ten minutes after the accident and his brother, Vern, lived only an hour, both being taken to the base hospital quickly.

Driver McClure came to Deming from Cedar Park, Texas, a week ago. He is survived by his mother and also by two children. He had only begun to drive the service car on Friday, it was said. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – August 3, 1918


Train Kills Men Near Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

December 29, 2018

Deming’s Camp Cody Band Leader Promoted

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:31 pm

Second Lieutenant Ernest L. Harris, leader of the band of the 134th infantry, has just been promoted to that rank from sergeant. He is the second band leader in this division to be commissioned under the new order. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 31, 1918


Camp Cody Band, Deming, New Mexico

December 23, 2018

Camp Cody Soldiers Must Keep Inside When Riding Troop Trains

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:37 pm

The 34th division headquarters has issued a memorandum regarding injury to soldiers on troop trains. The memorandum follows:

“The attention of these headquarters has been called to injuries which have been sustained by reason of soldiers riding on special trains in open vestibule doors, sitting on the platforms with their legs hanging out the side of cars, also their feet protruding out of open windows or out the side door of baggage and kitchen cars.”

“Due to the great risk of accidents and loss of life incident to such practices, officers concerned with movements of troops will issue the necessary orders that under no condition will this practice be permitted.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 31, 1918


Depot at Deming, New Mexico for Camp Cody

December 17, 2018

Nine New Lieutenants Join Engineers at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:14 am

The 109th engineers here have received from Camp Lee, Va., nine new second lieutenants, all of whom, except the last named, are of the national army and the one excepted is of the national guard. They are 2nd Lieutenants, Stanley B. Marsh, Earl P. Manley, James L. Mayer, Milton S. Hindholm, Victor C. Light, Bert Lund, E. C. McFadden, D. J. Lynch, jr., and James Luchini. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – June 14, 1918


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