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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

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


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


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


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


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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