Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

April 30, 2011

Six Soldiers Die At Camp Cody: Bodies To Be Sent North – December 25, 1917

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 2:52 pm

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – Deaths reported from the base hospital were as follows:

Private Harold E. Carlson, company I, 136th infantry (Second Minnesota), pneumonia. His home was at Amherst, S. D. where his father lives.

Private Edgar L. Willey, company  F. 136th infantry, pneumonia and emphysema. He came from Pilas, S. P. His father is R. P. Willey.

Private Oscar J. Isaacson, headquarters company 136th infantry, abscess of the brain. He was another South Dakotan, from Carthage, where his father John Isaacson, resides.

Private Philip Emmler, company I, 134th infantry (Fifth Nebraska) pneumonia. His father George Emmler lives in Omaha.

Private Francis R. Gallagher company L, 133rd  infantry (First Iowa), pyemia, following an operation for appendicitis. His brother, Charles R. Gallagher, a Kansas City, Mo., merchant was at the beside of the dying soldier. The mother, Mrs. Mary Gallagher, lives at Brooklyn, Iowa.

Corporal Ray E. Harnan, company L, 134th infantry, hemorrhage of the stomach, following appendectomy He was from Brady, Neb., where his mother, Mrs. Elia Harnan, resides.

The bodies will all be shipped to the respective home places. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – December 25, 1917

Frank Johanseohn – The body of C. Frank Johanseohn, 25 years of age, who died at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, last Thursday was shipped to El Paso Wednesday, burial taking place at the Fort Bliss cemetery.  – El Paso Herald Newspaper – January 11, 1918

April 20, 2011

Captain Albert Charles Bosshardt – Camp Adjutant at Camp Cody

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 5:52 pm

My father, Capt. Albert Charles Bosshardt, was Camp Adjutant at Camp Cody, reporting September 25, 1918, and reassigned to Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, in January 1919, after participating in the demobilization of Camp Cody. I have several letters he wrote to his sister during that time.

Al was engaged to Miss Jessamine Moayon, of Louisville, Kentucky, shortly before being transferred to Camp Cody. He wrote on October 15, 1918, that their plans to marry on the 22nd had been “shot all to pieces” because the camp was under quarantine for influenza.

They were finally married in El Paso on November 21 (or at least, their marriage was recorded there.) Apparently he took his bride back to Camp Cody. Your web site makes several references to El Paso. I assume it was the closest town of any size near the village of Deming.

A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, at age 18 Al enlisted in the Indiana National Guard on May 29, 1914. He advanced from private to sergeant. On June 22, 1916, he was ordered to active duty with the Guard at Llano Grande, Texas, in response to Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico, the previous March. The expedition, under General Pershing, withdrew from Mexico February 5, 1917 and Al was demobilized from Fort Benjamin Harrison, in Indianapolis, on February 26.

World War I was declared April 6, 1917, and he was ordered back to active duty the same day. On May 25 he was one of twenty-five NCOs chosen to report to Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Harrison. On August 15 he graduated and was commissioned a First Lieutenant of Infantry. He was one of the first people assigned to the new temporary Camp Zachary Taylor, in Louisville, Kentucky.

On June 6, 1918, he reported to Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio, where the 84th Division was being staged for service in Europe. On June 28, before the Division went overseas, he was promoted to Captain and transferred from the Infantry to the Adjutant General Department. He went first to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, before being transferred to Camp Cody. – Bob Bosshardt, Kettering, OH

Captain Albert Charles Bosshardt

March 18, 2011

Daughter of Dr. Bullock Hurt When Horse Falls

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 11:28 am

Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, November 24 –  Major R. M. Pederson and Captain G. J. Thomas, of the medical corps, were called to Silver City to attend Miss Eleanor Bullock, daughter of  Major E. S. Bullock, also of the medical corps here. The young woman suffered a broken collarbone on the right side when a horse she was riding fell. She is reported as resting comfortably.  – The El Paso Herald – November 24-25, 1917

May 5, 2010

Robert Oscar McDonald – Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 10:01 am

Robert Oscar McDonald - Camp Cody Soldier

Robert Oscar McDonald – Born 1891 in Iowa.  Passed away 1963 in Iowa.  Served in WW1 at Camp Cody New Mexico, 1917.  Contracted the Spanish Flu and could not go overseas with his unit. He was a blacksmith by trade. “All Oscar needed was a description of what you wanted and he’d make it”. He married Opal in 1936 and had eleven children.  Six served their country, with one, Carl, dying while in service.  – Jan Hay and James McDonald

May 5, 2009

Camp Cody History of Pvt. Joseph C. Malloy

Filed under: Announcement, Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 8:12 pm

Joseph C. Malloy was born February 2, 1899 in Sioux City to Joseph James Malloy (Sioux City fireman) and Charlotte “Lottie” Sheeley Malloy. The Malloy’s also had two daughters, Gladys & Lucille. Joseph began working for Armour & Co. when he was about fifteen years old and continued to work there his entire career. He was a master mechanic and retired from the Kansas City plant in about 1961 or 62. At his retirement, he oversaw all the mechanical and refrigeration for the plant. Through the years he, his wife, Elsie, and three daughters, Jeane, Marianne and Joan, Barbara’s mother, lived in Chicago, Sioux City, Mason City and Oklahoma City. Joseph died on December 21, 1974 in his Kansas City home. There were nine grandchildren. 

Pvt Joseph Malloy at Camp Cody, NM

Pictures of Joseph Malloy are now at:

April 14, 2009

History of Earl J. DeMara at Camp Cody

Filed under: Announcement, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 7:58 pm

Earl J. DeMara - Camp Cody - Deming, New Mexico - 1918

Earl was the first born of 11 surviving children, child of Alice Ewing and Theodore DeMara (Demarest) from Sioux City. Earl’s grandfather, Granville Washington Demarest, was a Corporal for the Union during the Civil War, serving in Company E, New York 82nd Infantry Regiment. Earl’s father, Theodore DeMara (who altered his surname for unknown reasons), enlisted in the army at Ft. Sidney, Nebraska, in 1880.

He was a private in the Cavalry, and he was discharged in 1885. Earl J. DeMara, was at Camp Cody in the summer of 1918. He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn June.

Special thanks to Lacey DeMara for sharing these Camp Cody scans.

December 3, 2008

Update to the Elmer H. Titus Story – Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 6:35 pm

Elmer H. Titus was born on April 5th 1891 at Midnight in Hancock County, Iowa. My youngest brother was 11 when he died! Yes, my dad was a busy man, he was 58 when I was born and I couldn’t have asked for a better dad.

Elmer left Iowa in 1920, to homestead in Wisconsin with his first wife, Sylvia Collison. He built one of the first propeller driven snowmobiles. He owned the Midway Garage in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He was a hunting and fishing guide, deputy sheriff for ten years, deputy game warden and deputy fire warden for the Cassian Township. He aided the F.B.I. when they tried to capture John Dillinger at “Little Bohemia.” He leased a gold mining down in New Mexico. 

Elmer left Wisconsin to participate in the early beginnings of the oil industry in Venezuela. There he met, Ana Allen Perez, his second wife. I am a child of that marriage. He attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He had six kids and always told us stories about his horses during his time at Camp Cody. After the First World War he became a chiropractor and he died in 1971 at the age of 80.

Written by Mariana Titus.

November 18, 2008

Elmer H. Titus – Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 10:52 pm

Elmer H. Titus was in Battery “C” – Muscatine, Iowa National Guard who was stationed at Camp Cody. During the US – Mexico Border War Elmer served under General Pershing. After the First World War he became a chiropractor and he died in 1970 at the age of 80. Elmer is the father of Mariana Titus.

Elmer Titus with canon

October 22, 2008

Sergeant Henry H. Beaver during World War I – Part 11 of 11

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 6:29 pm

1/23/19 Prantroy, France With the 82nd Division waiting to go home. “The 82nd Division show is rehearsing this afternoon. The fellow who wrote the song ‘Back Home in Indiana’ is the boss of it. I remember him. He was on the border in 1916, camped close to me.

1/31/18 St. Aignon, France. This is a tent camp much the same as Camp Cody, only without the sand. This place is about 100 kilometers south of Paris. Dad says he heard that this is one of the places the troops are sent home from.

2/6/19Mom’s letter to dad at Wire Company, 307th FS Bn, 82nd Div., American EF via New York returned to 541 W Jensen St., Fremont, NE

2/10/19 Dad wrote from St. Aignon, France that a Company of Class A Casual infantry men had been organized from the camp and sent to Paris to act as the Guard of Honor for the peace conference. “Some job that will be guarding all them big men from all over the world. If I had been a doughboy instead of a Signal Corps man I’d of tried to get in it too.”

3/6/19 Dad wrote that his friend Sgt. Lawrence Satchell was at Issoniaurt, France with C Company, 304 Field Signal Battalion, 79 Division.

3/30/19 Dad was back in the USA

3/31/19 Merritt Hall, Camp Merritt, New Jersey. “I left Breast, France on March 16 and landed here yesterday. It took us two weeks to make the trip. …. We will go to Camp Dodge in Iowa from here. Expect to leave in a very few days. I have no address here so don’t write. … The boat I came on was the Santa Olivia which was a freighter. I hope I never hear of the tub again, Had a four day storm and believe me we sure did roll and tumble on that ocean. I didn’t get seasick but come so close to it there was no fun in it.”

4/5/19 Merritt Hall. “I left camp at 3:00 PM yesterday and took a ferry across to 130th Street in New York City. It sure is a beautiful place. I went to visit Grant’s tomb. It sure is a pretty place; had a purple light inside. Then walked down 1110th Street; stopped and watched a boat race on the river. Got to talking with an old fellow who said he had a son in the army. Come to find out I knew the son who is in the 307th. Then the old fellow made me take dinner with him. I never pass dinner invitations and ate at a swell place. Had to struggle with my table manners to not embarrass myself. He had another engagement so told me the way to the Hippodrome theatre. I went and it was the most wonderful thing I ever saw. I stayed for only two acts of the show, for I wanted to get back before it got too late, It took me two hours to get back to the camp.” —  Written by Larry Beaver

October 18, 2008

Sergeant Henry H. Beaver during World War I – Part 10

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming, Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 2:21 pm

12/1/18  Letter “American Expeditionary Forces, Knights of Columbus, somewhere in France”. 307 FS Bn. Wire Company. The upcoming Christmas was to be his third away from home. He was about 100 KM away from the old front lines. (fighting had stopped), His 34th Division had been in
the thick of it including the capture of the Argonne Forest. He had been in training the entire time and had missed combat.  Larry’s notes that Dad had
told him that on the day the fighting ended he was marching his section to the front lines.

12/3/18 Dad wrote from Schamplitte, France. “…we came here Monday and our group was detailed with one of the brigades for maneuvers. We worked all day yesterday and today with wire and am tired. See in the papers my old division (34th) is going home soon. I am in the 82nd now.”

12/13/18 “The President is due to land here today. Will be a grand day for France for the people of France think a great deal of Wilson. ….Saw a comical sight this afternoon. A French man was coming down the street with a donkey hitched to a small wagon. All at once the donkey got scared and down the road he came scattering stuff on the way. A soldier caught him going around a corner. The soldiers that saw it were all laughing, and the Frenchman was mad at first but then he had to laugh too. That was the biggest excitement I have seen around her yet and would have been too good to have missed.”

12/17/18 “I see the U.S. Navy is all going back to the states. Wonder if Harry is in the bunch. Hope he is. We haven’t heard anything about this division leaving. They do not belong to the Army of Occupation so we ought not to be here as long as they. Lawrence’s division has gone to Germany or they will go. For the last hour I have been talking to another guy about horses. I sure miss my funny face. Wish I had him now.”

12/28/18 Schamplette, France “Went over to the battalion yesterday in the truck. It sure was a cold ride. It is cold enough to freeze good here. …I don’t think I told you what we had for Christmas dinner so I’ll tell you now. First we rode 25 KM in a truck back to the Company. We had dishes to eat from and sat down at tables. There were three French girls dishing out the grub. They were friends of some of the men in the outfit. First we had a small glass of wine, then soup, goose, dressing, mashed spuds and gravy. I had two pieces of pie, celery, rice pudding, cookies, apples, cigars, cigarettes, candy, jelly, coffee, and we even had hard-tack. Guess that last item was just a reminder that we were still in the Army. Had all we could eat of everything and everybody enjoyed themselves? Our captain made a short speech and then one by the lieutenant. We then took the truck back here again. If I eat many dinners like that I sure wouldn’t live long; for I ate too much.”

1/4/19 Dad writes from Schamplette, France with the 307th FS Bn. “Were out on a two day maneuver; just came in last night.

1/9/19 Dad gave dates for his final trip to France via England. See under dates posted.

1/14/19 He was at Schamplette, France. He had just spent a week in Montseuglin and the evenings in Prothary

—  Written by Larry Beaver

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