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May 6, 2019

Reclamation Plant At Camp Cody Checks Up Closely On All Wastage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 12:41 am

The local reclamation branch of the camp quartermaster’s department continues to add to its already demonstrated efficiency.

This branch is under the command of Captain Stanley Eiseman, under Major R. B. Sturkie, camp quartermaster. He says he has in the clothing repair shop is running a double shift, the women working in the day time and the enlisted men, who have been employed right along, working at night.

In addition to the regular shoe repair shop, there has been established temporarily a shop where some 45 civilians are employed. These came from El Paso mostly. This shop is due to a great accumulation of shoes caused by various changes in the camp.

In the matter of garbage waste from the kitchen and mess halls, the reclamation branch has instituted a system of segregation so as to check up on the amount of wastage of different articles. These separate articles, bread for instance, are weighed. Also, four inspectors are out all the time examining and checking up on the matter of kitchen waste. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 4, 1918



April 29, 2019

Privates Schnack and Freestone Die at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 10:41 pm

Private Chris W. Schnack, of company 1, 133rd infantry, passed away Wednesday at the surgical hospital as a result of shock following an operation to amputate his right leg at the thigh. The address of his nearest relative was given as Charles Michaels, Daneville, Iowa. The body was sent to that point for interment.

Private Thomas R. Freestone, company H, 133rd infantry, passed away Wednesday of lobar pneumonia. His mother, Mrs. Mary Freestone, resides at 618 Southwest street, Des Moines, Iowa.


There probably will be upward of 100 Camp Cody men present in El Paso on April 15 to take the Consistory degrees and the Shrine, according to R. S. Charles Hammond of the Pass City, who has been here for the purpose of organizing a class. – El Paso Morning Times, Saturday, April 6, 1918


Military Funeral Procession – Deming, New Mexico

April 20, 2019

Camp Cody wants $2.50 A Day Laborers

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:22 pm

Several hundred common laborers are wanted by the United States employment bureau here at once for work in El Paso and Camp Cody, according to a call issued Monday morning. Work in the city of El Paso will pay $2 per day and at Camp Cody the wages will be $2.50 daily. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, October 14, 1918


Private Brewer Dead at Camp Cody, Deming, NM

The base hospital reports the death of Pvt. Clarence H. Brewer, of company C, 133rd infantry, of pneumonia. His father, Thos. S. Brewer, resides in Edom, Texas. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 1, 1918


April 13, 2019

Postless Boxing Ring Makes Debut at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:29 pm

A new wrinkle, the postless ring for boxers, has made its debut in Camp Cody, the first sample having been set to the division athletic office by Dr. Joseph Raycroft, war department athletic director for the United States. The rope was particularly designed for use in the training camps and possesses the beauty, from the training camp standpoint, that it can be set up anywhere. Tommy Connolly, division boxing instructor, is enthusiastic over it.

The ring consists of a padded rope, similar to those in common use wherever boxing is done. Instead of posts, it is provided with four loops at the corners, sufficiently large to allow a man slipping one over his body. Thus four men, instead of posts, hold the rope taut while the boxers are milling inside it.

The ring can be set up in any company street and every company in the camp can be provided with one. By means of it, when men put on the gloves, plenty of room is left for the combatants to wage their battle without any crowding or outside interference, to bad features thus eliminated.

Connolly will boost for the purchase of a number of the postless rings, so that there will be several to a regiment. Each ring will cost no more than $5 at the most. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, May 21, 1918

Boxing Match At The Camp Cody Stadium

Boxing Match At The Camp Cody Stadium

April 6, 2019

Show Being Held In Open at Camp Cody in Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:56 pm

General Provides Open Air Entertainment For Men In The Stadium

The commanding general is providing, through the army, the Y. M. C. A., K. of C. and welfare workers, high entertainment at the open air division stadium every night in the week.

In addition to the Knights of Columbus movies Monday night, he invited Miss Seymour’s ukulele club, consisting of ten people, to appear in several selections.

As a surprise, Miss Helen Swope, daughter of Captain S. D. Swope, M. C., who is on duty in France, also appeared.

General and Mrs. Lindsey and Mrs. Lindsey’s house guest, Miss Bobbie Seamans, of Palo Alto, California together with the general’s aide de camp, Lieutenant R. Y. Copelin, and several members of his staff, enjoyed the program.

The general contemplates continuing these outdoor meetings during November and December. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, November 5, 1918


Outdoor Movie Theater – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

March 31, 2019

Privileges of Camp Cody Men are Curtailed by New Regulation

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:46 am

By virtue of a memorandum order issued from headquarters of the 34th division, commanding officers of organizations were instructed to curtail the privileges of enlisted men sleeping out of the camp to the same basis as the officers; they will not be allowed to sleep at the homes in the town more than two nights out of each week, the other five having to be spent in camp. However, the enlisted men were granted a little more latitude than is granted the officers, as the order says it is not to be interpreted as doing away with the existing pass privileges up to 11 o’clock at night, when not involving absence from duty. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, April 1, 1918


What Deming Looked Like During WW1

March 23, 2019

6113 Drafted Men Arrive at Camp Cody, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:03 pm

Captain Delos Walker, head of the 34th division personnel office, stated on Monday morning that at 6 pm Sunday there had arrived in camp 6113 of the 7063 draft men who were to come here; also, that they were continuing to straggle in. From different states those in stood as follows: Arizona, 1248 men; New Mexico, 853; Colorado, 1805, and from Texas, 2207.

On Sunday Major E. S. Bullock and his corps of surgeons made a record in making the necessary medical examination of 1800 men. Major Bullock stated that he had not kept the exact figures on the men given their surgeons’ certificate of disability, but that he did not think the total would be more than 5 per cent, which he considered a good showing. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, June 4, 1918


March 17, 2019

“Sandstorm Division” May Be New Name for Camp Cody’s Thirty-Fourth

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:18 pm

The name “Sunshine” having been preempted, Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymong, chief of staff of the 34th division, has suggested the name of “Sandstorm” be attached to it. This suggestion, embodied in a memorandum issued Friday, will be voted on by the division. The memorandum, which gives the reasons for the name, follows:

“It is necessary to find a new name for this division, as the term “Sunshine” has been per-empted. For an effective appellation and one, at the same time, that shall be always reminiscent of our stay in Deming, it has been suggested that we call ourselves “The Sandstorm Division.”

“While the new name will always remind us of some of the most persistent climatic peculiarities of Camp Cody, it is not to any facetious suggestions the term “sandstorm” may inspire that your attention is directed. There is the persistence of the sandstorm, its power, its overwhelming nature. When it arises in its might, even the most violent of men are subdued and seek shelter.

“All, too, know the potency of the sandblast. Before it the most obdurate of substances give way. It will back its way into the heart of the most resisting of metal.

“The Sandstorm Division” – the term furnishes a fitting and effective allegory of all that the 34th division aspires to be. Shall the term be adopted? You are requested to turn in your answers, Yes or No, to these headquarters before 4 pm. Saturday, April 20, 1918. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, April 21, 1918


The Sandstorm Division

March 9, 2019

Col. Elliott M. Norton now commanding Camp Cody’s 387th Infantry

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:21 pm

Colonel Elliott M. Norton, former commander of the sixth infantry, fifth division overseas, is now commanding the 387th Infantry.

For six months Col. Norton had an intimate relationship with the real fighting game, a portion of the time in the St. Miheil sector, Montfancon, Cunel Romange, etc. He has been in the regular army since 1900 and has served in the Philippines many times, a part of time with General Pershing.

The 387th has scored 100 percent four consecutive weeks. Twice it was “cited for unusual bravery in action” by being counted the best in camp.

Men who have been drilling two weeks in the 387th look like men of two month’s service. They have punch and pep. – Deming Graphic Newspaper – November 29, 1918


Army Truck at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

February 24, 2019

Camp Cody 388th Supply Company Get New Commander

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:19 pm

Captain Cady, the new commander of the 388th supply company, led company E, 104th infantry, 26th division, the New Englanders who did valiant service overseas. He saw many companions shot down near him but escaped bullets, blasting shell and gas. For eight months he was on the fighting line.

Captain Cady was with Pershing in Mexico and is personally acquainted with many New Mexico officers having come to the border with the Massachusetts troops. – Deming Graphic Newspaper – November 29, 1918

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Storm Stops Camp Cody Track Meet

The 34th division athletic field and track meet, programmed to take place on the grounds at the division exchanged theater Saturday afternoon had to be postponed on account of a terrific sandstorm, which prevented anything like sport. The meet is set down for next Saturday afternoon, commencing at 2 o’clock. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, May 27, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – WW1

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