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June 17, 2018

Nine New Lieutenants Joins Engineers At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:57 am

The 109th engineers at Camp Cody 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 – Friday, June 14, 1918


Col. Martin and Staff at Camp Cody


June 9, 2018

Camp Cody New Yorkers Can Vote

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:59 pm

All soldiers who are citizens of New York are permitted to vote at Camp Cody, in accordance with the laws of that state. There are several officers and a number of enlisted men who may avail themselves of this privilege. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, October 9, 1918


June 2, 2018

New Mexico Doctors gather for Army Tips at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:47 pm

About 29 physicians serving on army draft boards in this state arrived at Camp Cody Wednesday and are getting instructions from Lieutenant Colonel Jacob M. Coffin and army surgeons for use in selecting draft men. The doctors came by suggestions of governor W. E. Lindsey, who is expected here Friday. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 25, 1918


Camp Cody Hospital Area 1918

May 12, 2018

Tommy Connolly, Camp Cody Division Boxing Instructor

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:22 pm

Tommy Connolly, division boxing instructor, has been doing excellent work at Camp Cody. Himself a very clever fighter with a good record behind him, he has proved himself as good a teacher as a performer. Perhaps Tommy never heard of pedagogy, but regardless of that, he has applied sound pedagogical principles in his instruction. He has grounded his pupils thoroughly along fundamental lines and carried the work along in logical sequence. He has taught men with no previous boxing meets. As boxing is compulsory at Camp Cody, Tommy and his assistants have instructed some 25,000 soldiers in the art of self defense. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, May 18, 1918


Tommy Connolly – Camp Cody

May 5, 2018

Lieut. Col. A. H. Hollingsworth At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:01 pm

Lieut. Col. A. H. Hollingsworth, “Holly” as he is affectionately though discreetly known among the men of his command, never to his face, you understand, is an officer who fills a large niche in the hearts of the men of the Sixty-seventh brigade, and particularly the 134th infantry, of which he is the second in command at Camp Cody. He will be one of the two military speakers on this afternoon’s program.

The colonel began his military career in humble capacity, as a private in the First Nebraska Infantry, and within it climbed through the various grades until, at the inception of the Spanish American war we find him a captain. He saw service in the Philippines; with the regiment on the border last year, also.

The colonel is know in Nebraska as a consummate politician, through his personal service in political capacity extended no further than the postmaster-ship of Beatrice, Nebraska, during the first term of President Wilson.

He is popular among the enlisted men, who recognize in him a friend and un-official adviser, strongly leaning toward anything that spells their welfare, though as summary court officer of the regiment he may have to “hang it on them.” His hobby is the maintenance of an efficient guard. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, April 26, 1918


Lieut. Col. A. H. Hollingsworth

April 28, 2018

Major Charles H. Miller At Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:51 pm

Major Charles H. Miller, constructing quartermaster at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, was born November 30, 1866, and, before receiving his commission as major of engineers, U. S. R., June 19, 1917, had not previous military experience. He is a civil engineer by profession, having graduated from Le-high universality in the 1888 class of civil engineering. He has had thirteen years experience as an engineer on improvement work in the Mississippi river under the direction of the United States Engineer corps. He has been engaged in every character of work connected with the improvement, including surveys, dredging, bank revetment and levee construction. He was superintendent of construction for four years with the McClintie-Marshall Construction company of Pittsburgh when they erected their Pittsburgh plant.

Major Miller was in charge of the drainage and bank protection work for the Missouri Pacific and Iron Mountain Railway system while engaged at the same time as special consulting engineer for six other railroads. He was president of the Miller Engineering company, now the Miller-Butterworth Company of Little Rock, Ark., for six years; chief engineer for a number of large drainage districts in Arkansas and Missouri and a member of the Dayton Flood committee.

His construction work at Camp Cody makes it one of the best of its character in the country. The average American reading history is prone to image that armies are constantly marching and fighting and seldom realize that they must have places to sleep and eat and to train and equip. Warfare is organization; the actual fighting is a mere incident. It is providing the places where soldiers are really made that Major Miller excels and doubtless his greatest achievements in the field are still ahead of him Major Miller’s two daughters are attending school in Little Rock, Arkansas, but Mrs. Miller recently joined him in Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, October 23, 1917


Major Charles H. Miller

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


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


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


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


Military Parade – Deming, New Mexico

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