Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the new commander of the 68th infantry brigade here, who recently arrived from his former command of the department of the northeast, got located on Wednesday in his permanent quarters with his command. He has had the brigade headquarters thoroughly improved for his office and quarters and a very nearby building is the office of the brigade adjutant, Major Arthur M. Nelson.
While his quarters were being remodeled, General Johnston has been the quest of Brigadier General F. G. Mauldin, commander of the division, and at the Park hotel in Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, June 14, 1918
New Commander At Camp Cody Will Visit Gen Howze, Old Friend
According to information received at military headquarters, in the Mills building, Brigadier General John A. Johnston, the newly appointed commander of Camp Cody, will spend several days in this city while en route to Deming, New Mexico, to assume command of the post.
General Johnston is a personal friend of Brigadier General Robert L. Howze and will be the quest of the district commander while he is here.
General Johnston has had a noteworthy career in the army. He graduated from the United States military academy with the class of 1879, was appointed second lieutenant of cavalry, saw service in the Indian campaigns in the west along the frontier and later was ordered to the adjutant general’s department, where he organized the system of records and returns which was an immense improvement over those used previously.
Because of his valuable services, he was promoted to the grade of brigadier general in 1902. After this, he resigned in order to take care of extensive business interests which demanded this personal attention. At the outbreak of the present war he offered his services to the president and was promptly recalled, being appointed a brigadier general, national army. He was ordered to command the northeastern department last September and has been on duty in Boston up to the time of his present assignment to Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 30, 1918
Brigadier General John A. Johnston, who came from Boston, Massachusetts, where he commanded the northeastern department of the army, to take command of the 68th infantry (Minnesota) brigade at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, has been given the command of the 34th division, in place of Brigadier General Frank G. Mauldin, coast artillery, who has commanded the 59th field artillery brigade at Camp Cody and the division, since General A. P. Blocksom went to Honolulu, Hawaii.
General Johnston was here a day to visit Brigadier General Robert L. Howze, and old friend, while en route to Camp Cody. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, July 3, 1918
Brigadier General Frank G. Mauldin, commander of the Fifty-ninth artillery brigade, who was the commander of the Thirty-fourth division in Deming while Major General A. P. Blocksom was absent for several months, writes to the brigade adjutant, Major Oakes, that he is improving rapidly in health at the Army hospital at Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he went recently for medical treatment. His illness was not considered of a serious nature, but was due to overwork and too close confinement at his desk during the reorganization of the Thirty-fourth division at Camp Cody to conform to the Pershing plan. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 7, 1918
About 1,500 former Minnesota soldiers left today for their homes in the north. As fast as transportation can be provided troops are being moved. The personnel, Captain W. B. Hankla, commanding, is working a tremendous force day and night, preparing “clearance” cards as the boys call them.
The base hospital and remount depot are the only ones not “excited.” The quartermaster corps is preparing to close out. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
Col. Dorsey Cullen, commander of the banqueting soldiers, spoke in eloquent term of the esprit de corps of those in his command and gave the men an excellent “bill of character.”
“Your record is on file in Washington,” said the colonel, “and when it is marked ‘excellent’ it is a good entrance into any position in civil life. In fact, I have been told by several large corporation that army soldier in my command who presented such a record, was sure of getting employment.”
Lieut. Dickinson, military police commander, presided as master of ceremonies.
“Stunts” and entertainment by Teal’s “U. S. Border Girls” lasted until nearly midnight. There was a fast boxing match and a good wrestling card. Music was furnished by the Red Cross orchestra and a jazz piano player from the base hospital. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
“I have insisted that every man be assigned to some unit, so as to have the honor of regular service, and not have to say, “I was unassigned.”
I hope you will all be boosters for the army and as universal training is sure to come soon you should be able to explain its benefits in your community. You all should be better American citizens because you have served under the colors.
“The army is composed of every nationality and it is certain that universal training will inspire a loftier citizenship and higher patriotism.” General Lindsay was given an ovation. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
Urges Men Not to Forget Salute and to Boost For Universal Training
“Don’t forget the salute, boys, when you meet an officer in uniform, even though you are in civilian clothes. It is a polite and nice way of saying ‘good morning,’” said General James R. Lindsay to Camp Cody soldiers who were enjoying a farewell demonstration.
The 322d headquarters train and military police and provost guard company, under command of Col. Dorsey Cullen, gave a farewell banquet and entertainment at K. of C. hall, the commanding general and Mrs. Lindsay being guest of honor.
The general told the boys not to forget the army “salute.”
“It is usually the case that three years a soldier, always a soldier,” said the general, “but most of you boys have been in the army only a few months and are now glad to get back into civilian life.
“I am sorry we couldn’t go across, but you are all entitled to the same measure of credit as though you had gone overseas. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, December 6, 1918
Brigadier General Augustus Pl Blocksom, commander of Camp Cody, who has received telegraphic notification of his return to regular army as commander of the department of Hawaii, does not know when he is to leave nor will he until the actual printed order reaches him, which probably will be today. He has had no inkling of who his successor as camp commander will be, he said when interviewed.
Though General Blocksom may be ignorant on this point, there are hundreds of privates and non-commissioned officers in the camp who can enlighten him. In different parts of the camp the boys are playing different favorites. The most persistent report is that Major General Leonard Wood is coming, one sergeant major even went so far as to call up division headquarters and ask for confirmation of the report that General Wood had arrived in camp all set and ready for business.
But there are others: Take, for instance the report that General Tasker H. Bliss is coming. Of course he is only a full general and several divisions would be his command under ordinary conditions, but he is coming, according to rumor. Then there is General Hugh L. Scott, and several others. It seems to be a case of the wish being father of the thought.
There are countless rumors in the Sixty-fifth infantry brigade as to who the successor of General Resche is to be. This also is unknown at the present time. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 24, 1918
Eugene L. Harris, former El Paso lawyer and legislature representative, has written his mother, Mrs. W. J. Harris, 2320 Montana street, that he has received his captain’s commission at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, where he is assisting in training troops in the national army. Captain Harris was a graduate of the first officers’ school at Leon Springs, Texas last year. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, June 3, 1918