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April 23, 2018

Bishop P. J. Hayes Visits Camp Cody Catholic Chaplains

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:27 am

Bishop P. J. Hayes, of New York, on his way east from the Pacific coast, stopped off at Camp Cody on Wednesday morning to visit with the three Catholic army chaplains in this camp and also the Knights of Columbus hall. He is the bishop of the national war council who is over the Catholic chaplains in the army and also the chaplains of the Knights of Columbus halls. He is making a tour of army camps in the line of his duties. The Rev. Leslie Cavanaugh, of New Orleans, who was here last Sunday, is his assistant.

The Catholic chaplains in this camp are Lieut. J. J. Martin, of the 109th ammunition train; Lieut. Sylvester Harter, of the 127th machine gun battalion of the 126th machine gun battalion and on chaplain’s duty at the base hospital. Lieut. J. Barry, chaplain of the 1st United States regular cavalry, at Douglas, Arizona, came up to meet the bishop. While here, bishop Hayes was the guest of the Rev. Jos. Carnet, in Deming. The bishop was formerly bishop of the diocese pf Brooklyn, New York. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – July 11, 1918

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April 15, 2018

Mysterious Fire At Camp Cody Stables Does Big Damage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:24 pm

Many Horses and Mules Burned to Death and Damage Estimated at Fully $10,000.

A fire which destroyed an entire line of stables in the rear of the One Hundred and Ninth engineer regiment at Camp Cody, burned a number of horses and mules to death and injured many others, inflicting damage unofficially estimated around $10,000, occurred Friday night about 8:30 o’clock. But for the valiant efforts of the soldiers volunteer fire fighters, aided by the Deming fire department, the fire would have spread to other buildings. A large quantity of hay which was threatened, was saved.

The number of horses and mules dying as a result of the fire either was 21 or 25, accounts varying, and there being no official information obtainable. One report was that 17 animals have been burned in the stables, and four more killed Saturday, when it was seen that there was no chance for their recovery. Another said that 18 animals have been burned to death and yesterday seven more killed to put them out of their agony. Several men were more or less severely burned attempting to rescue the animals.

The fire was discovered by a guard who is said to have seen a bale of hay in one end of the stables burning fiercely. He gave the alarm and awoke everyone within reach. The stable crew ran through the blazing buildings, cutting the halters and leading the frightened animals out of danger. However, animal after animal either refused to leave the stable or after being taken to a place of safety broke away from their would be saviors and dashed back into the fire, to suffer death or fatal burns. The fact that the interior of the stables had been sprayed with oil to aid sanitation and kill lice, caused the fire to spread more quickly that other wise would have been possible.

An official investigation of the fire is being conducted by a board of officers from the engineer regiment, which will report its findings to division headquarters, through channels. The origin of the fire is a mystery, but it is thought to have been caused by a careless smoker throwing a cigarette but or lighted match down into the stable. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 12, 1918

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Remount Depot 326 – Camp Cody – 1917

April 9, 2018

Minnesota Soldiers Start Camp Cody Newspaper, the ‘Reveille’

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:38 am

The first issue of the “Reveille,” the newspaper of the 136th infantry, (Second Minnesota), has made its appearance in the shape of a three column four page paper. It was filled with brief, newsy items about the regiment, its personnel and what it is doing. The following constitute the staff: Major E. C. Clemens, chaplain 136th infantry, manager: Major Arthur M. Nelson, adjutant 68th brigade, editor: Lieutenant Aug. Marschier, machine gun company, 136th infantry, publisher: Lieutenant Harold S. Jordan, company L, sporting editor. Major Nelson, the editor was formerly editor of the Fairmont (Minnesota) Citizen. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, October 15, 1917

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March 31, 2018

To Muster Out Camp Cody Men

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:40 pm

Officers For This Purpose Pass Through El Paso On Wednesday

Immediate mustering out of the troops at Camp Cody is planned, according to Garnett King, general passenger agent of the E. P. & S. W. railroad.

Three carloads of men, 125 all told, passed through El Paso Wednesday morning en route to Camp Cody to look after the military end of the demobilization. Mr. King has been ordered to look after the transportation arrangements.

The men are to be mustered out as fast as the party which reached there Thursday can go over the papers. Each man will be paid transportation to his place of enlistment or the place from which he was drafted. He can then buy a ticket to any point in the United States at any point in the United States at two-thirds the regular fare, without stopover privileges, however.

Mr King says he thinks many of the men will wish to visit El Paso and that they will probably pay regular fare to come in here for a visit and then will buy their two-thirds fare tickets to their home cities from here. However, he will be prepared to sell tickets to all of them to any point direct from Camp Cody.

Mr. King believes the mustering out of the Camp Cody men has been delayed because on December 1 the charge for Pullman fare is to be eliminated. Soldiers, as well as others, have to pay this extra fare to ride in a Pullman under the present rule. When the charge is abolished, a soldier may still ride on a two-thirds fare ticket and then occupy a Pullman merely by the purchase of a Pullman ticket. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, November 28, 1918

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Military Parade – Deming, New Mexico

March 26, 2018

C. LeRoy Meisinger – Thanksgiving Day at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:00 pm

Journal Entries from “My War Diary June 2, 1917 to March 19, 1918: A Chronicle of My Twenty-Six Months within Five Thousand Miles of the Western Front” by C. LeRoy Meisinger – dated November 29, 1917

Thanksgiving Day. On such a day as this, I begin to think that this is the first such holiday that I have been away from home; and I wonder if a year from today, I will be up to my knees in Flanders. But my work came to the rescue, for holidays may come and holidays may go, but my work goes on forever. About nine o’clock I received a telegram from home and I appreciated it very much. We worked on until noon, when we heard the mess call, and hurried to see what Uncle Sam had for dinner. And we were well satisfied for there were more things to eat than our mess kits would accommodate; turkey, oyster dressing, potato salad, cranberries, potatoes, all heaped together in the most cosmopolitan fashion. On the flat tray of the kit were butter, celery, green onions, radishes and stuffed olives, and pumpkin pie with ice cream. And for the cup we had the choice of cocoa or lemonade. Too soon it was over, and the vision of a hoped – for siesta, or, to be military – a bit of bunk – fatigue went glimmering. Indeed, it was four o’clock before our work was over.

Submitted by and Copyrighted by Suzanne Silk and C. LeRoy Meisinger

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Camp Cody WW1 Mess Hall – Deming, New Mexico

March 17, 2018

C. LeRoy Meisinger Arriving at Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:50 pm

Journal Entries from “My War Diary June 2, 1917 to March 19, 1918: A Chronicle of My Twenty-Six Months within Five Thousand Miles of the Western Front” by C. LeRoy Meisinger – dated September 17-18, 1917

“Just out of El Paso we were temporarily delayed by a landslide, but passing that we sailed merrily along for Deming. The day was cloudy and occasionally did the sun break thru. There were detached mountain ranges all about, but, in the immediate vicinity of the train, the land was flat and sandy, covered with cactus, horned-toads, tarantulas, and here and there a transient Mexican family seated about a camp fire beside their covered wagon.

At five o’clock the trained pulled into Deming. A fine mist was blowing and the sky was gray. We were forbidden to leave the train, but we could see out the window, extending off to the north lines of tents and rows of wooden mess shacks – almost as far as the eye could reach. In the distance long lines of motor trucks were to be seen; and as the train came to a stop the motors began to purr and move forward. They traveled at high speed across the soft red sand and soon were unloading our baggage. In due time we left the train and marched for a mile and a half to our headquarters. It was getting dark when the trucks began to unload their cargo of boxes, trunks and so forth.

As very often happens, a mistake was made, which resulted in all our baggage being left at the wrong company street; the solution was simply to move it all by hand. And even the sergeants worked! Fortunately, I rescued all my goods from the chaos.

It was raining, and almost dark, when we discovered that only three tents had been set up to accommodate a company of approximately sixty. These were intended for the regimental staff, the supply sergeant and the band director. But we went together, and those who couldn’t get into one of these three tents, slept on the tables in the mess shack. In Barry’s tent, where I slept, there was the Chief and Principle Musicians, two sergeants, three corporals and two privates.”

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“After we had all our equipment in the tents, piled about the center pole and our cots set up (Ernest) Harrison, Max Bixby and I set out to find a pie, some photo supplies, and a telegraph office, respectively. It was very dark and little puddles of water were all about. There was no light save the glare of the lights on passing autos, and the weird glow of the
incinerators. For two miles we walked stepping into water frequently. Finally, we reached the station where I forwarded my telegram.

Next, we strolled up the main street of Deming. In general appearance, Deming is like any other small town except that a romantic color is added by the soldiers and Mexicans, both of which appear in great profusion. The streets had the appearance of a foreign bazaar. We went up one side and down the other, found some excellent malted milks and pies, then started home.”

The road that was two miles up was four miles back. Once I stepped into water up to my knee, which seemed to appeal to the odd sense of humor that my companions possessed. It was pitch dark and muddy. The stars were beginning to break thru the clouds, which gave us hope for a bright morrow. At last, we were home, and tired enough to turn in for our first cool night in Camp Cody.”

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“We arose at five o’clock after a very cool night. But that was soon forgotten in the beauty of the sunrise. The sun was breaking thru the clouds, happily revealing the Florida mountains to the southeast, the Tres Hermana to the south and a range to the north. They are going to be good friends to us. Sometimes their heads are in the
clouds and others they stand out brilliantly in the morning sun.”

Submitted by and Copyrighted by Suzanne Silk and C. LeRoy Meisinger

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March 10, 2018

More than 2,500 New Soldiers to Arrive at Camp Cody Today

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:05 pm

Today will mark the arrival of more drafted men at Camp Cody than any other day of the seven which began last Friday. A total of 2,549 embryo soldiers will get their first sniff of Deming dust. All are from Texas, Arizona and Colorado and most of them are coming in special trains, the first arriving at 5 o’clock this morning. The special trains will be shunted right into the Camp Cody yards and the men will detrain there, thus depriving Deming of the chance to see them until they have on their uniforms.

However, a few of the men will be unloaded in town. This afternoon, at 2:04, eighty-six men from Arizona will arrive on train No. 2, coming in special coaches. An additional 180 selects from the Copper state will arrive at 7:05 to night on No. 110, and at 8:20 sixty Texans will get here on No. 109. The rest of the 2,509 soldiers will arrive in special trains throughout the day, with 2,080 men coming from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

Yesterday 445 men from New Mexico reached Camp Cody and Saturday 191, also from this state. They were placed immediately in the casual camp, where they will be in quarantine for three weeks. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, May 27, 1918

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February 26, 2018

More Tents Going Up At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 6:29 pm

The work of putting up new tents, so as to decrease the number of men from seven and eight in a tent to five is already under way in good shape all over the camp. In most every section the new white tents are in evidence.

On account of this great increase of the number of tents in some, at least of the batteries of the field artillery, the streets are doubled. In the case of the 127th regiment the 109th trench mortar battery had to move over to the east side of the section to make room for the former. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 12-13, 1918

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Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

February 17, 2018

More Draft Men Will Arrive at Camp Cody on May 27

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:54 pm

Work of Making Ready Camp in Section 9 and 10 Being Rushed by Officers

In preparation for the coming of the men of the selective draft, who will begin to reach Camp Cody on May 27, the working of making ready the camp in Section 9 and 10, is being rushed. Major S. B. Philpot, who has been in command of the 125th machine gun battalion and ranking machine gun commander of the camp, has been detailed as commander of the camp. Captain H. L. Higbee, 133rd infantry, is the adjutant of the camp Captain, and Captain H. R. Heath of the same organization, have been named as battalion commanders and acting majors. Both have reported for duty, Captain Brewster, of the 134th infantry, who also will act as battalion commanders, were expected to report for duty late Saturday. Lieutenant H. H. Kline, chaplain of the 125th machine gun battalion, will act as chaplain of the camp.

A number of non-commissioned officers, drawn from the various organization of the camp, have been designated and will report for duty in the immediate future.

The Arizona men of the draft will be the first to arrive here, starting early in the day on Monday, May 27. Among the first to arrive will be the Cochise county men who, 252 strong, will assemble in Douglas, from which contingents will come from the following counties: Geenlee, 86 men; Yavapai, 219, Maricopa, 219; Pima 97; Santa Cruz, 8; Yuma, 170; Gila 171; Graham, 18; Mohave, 95; Coconino 188; Navajo, 99; Apache, 52. Practically all of the men will entrain on the 25th or 26th and arrive here on the 27th, with the exception of the group including Yavapai, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz county units, numbering 667, which will arrive here at 6:30 on the morning of the 28th.

Except for the Arizonans, no details on the arrival of the other units of the 7,048 drafted men have been made public. However, these schedules are expected to be completed within the next day or two and be made public through the office of Major H. M. Nelly, division adjutant, of Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymond, chief of Staff.- El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

February 10, 2018

Camp Cody’s Entertainers Offer a Lot

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:47 pm

That soldier life in an army camp need not be as dull as it is sometimes portrayed will be amply demonstrated when the boys in Camp Cody, New Mexico, don the gala costumes at the Texas Grand theater Saturday and Sunday. After having successfully entertained thousands of their “buddies” at Camp Cody and several thousands of other soldiers and civilians at Silver City, Santa Rita and Fort Bayard, the comedians and singers of the “Sandstorm” division are coming here to show El Paso that army life isn’t made up exclusively of drills and maneuvers and “kitchen police.”

Excellent Minstrel Troupe

And if the advance sale of tickets is any indication, El Paso and Fort Bliss will turn out in holiday fashion to welcome this extraordinary minstrel troupe, which 10 packed audiences have unanimously declared to be the best aggregation of soldier entertainers ever assembled in this country. More than that, thousands who have seen the Camp Cody Minstrels, declare that it is the best minstrel troupe that has played in the southwest in years.

Schneeman Is Magician

Directory Jack Yellen has unearthed some of the finest vaudeville talent at Camp Cody imaginable. There is Al Schneeman, who was well know on the Orpheum circuit as a magician, who rivaled the Great Herman before he laid aside his mysterious art to become a private in an ambulance company. Schneeman will give the same act with which he played the Orpheum circuit for years. His performance is not only mystifying but entertaining. He always keeps his audience laughing continuously at his pranks and witticisms.

Contortionist, Juggler, Singer

Then there is Earl de Lapp, a professional contortionist, who ties himself into all sorts of knots, and Hugh Hall, who juggles anything from a feather to a caisson wheel. Harry Lauder is now over in France entertaining the boys in the trenches, but El Paso will see his foremost imitator in private John Brodie, direct from “bonnie Scotland,” who twirls his “r’s” and wears kilts like a true Scotchman.

Has Coffee can Musician

One of the most interesting specialty entertainers is private Elmer Allen, who originally intended to become a violinist, but cultivated a knack of getting music out of cigar boxes, tin cans and other things, and who will show that there are other uses to which an old coffee can be put besides being turned into scrap.

Two Hula Dancers

The biggest laugh of all will be forthcoming when corporals Jack Doyle and Frank Warren take the stage dressed in the garb of Hawaiians and proceed to give the audience a version of the well known Hula dance that would make Toots Paka and Ann Penningto envious.

All arrangement for the coming of the Camp Cody Minstrel men are now complete and everything points to a most successful engagement. The troupe will arrive early Saturday morning and will give its first performance on Saturday afternoon. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, April 25, 1918

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Brig. General F. G. Mauldin Staff

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