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July 17, 2017

Hostess House at Camp Cody Burns

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:21 pm

Y.W.C.A. Cottage is Destroyed, Only Veranda Being Left

At 8:20 o’clock Sunday morning, when a strong east wind was blowing, fire broke out in the northwest corner of the Y.W.C.A. hostess house on Pine street, totally destroying the building. All that is left is the big veranda on the east side.

Miss J. M. Beattie, the director; Miss Elizabeth Brown, business director, and Mrs. Miller, in charge of the kitchen, do not know how the fire started. They said it seemed to come from beneath the floor.

The Deming fire department responded, but saving a dry frame building in such a wind was impossible. Soldiers from the camp and vicinity saved practically all the personal property. Miss Brown said that the building cost about $5,000 and was insured by the New York office of the organization. Nothing is known about rebuilding. Mayor R. F. Hamilton, of Deming, stated that the fire limits having been extended no frame building could be put up on the present site. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 1, 1918


Y.W.C.A. Hostess House


July 9, 2017

Horses in Wild Dash for Liberty Brought Back to Camp Cody Corrals

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:32 pm

A round-up which included in its scope many miles of the country surrounding Deming and Camp Cody, took place Sunday when a mounted force from the remount depot went out to gather up approximately 150 head of horses that had made a wild dash for liberty early Sunday morning. Most of the animals have been found and returned to the remount depot, it was reported yesterday.

Shortly after making their escape the horses scattered into small bands and a number of them escaped from the camp limits, going in all directions. Others were stopped inside the camp and returned to the remount. One band of 25 or 30 animals, coming out of the camp at the main entrance, ran down Pine Street to Silver, and turned out Silver heading straight south.

The round up party, which passed through Deming about noon, created a good deal of curiosity, as many people thought it was a troop of cavalry and wondered to what outfit it belonged. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, May 14, 1918


The Reveille! – Camp Cody Newspaper – July 1918

July 1, 2017

Horse Kills Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:16 pm

The base hospital reports the death on July 29 of Pvt. Jas. Woods, of company B, 109th military police. The cause of death was having sustained crushing injury to the abdomen by having been knocked down and stepped upon by a horse. The address of the father of the deceased is B. Woods, 3108 Mercy Street, Omaha, Nebraska. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, July 31, 1918


June 24, 2017

Credit Camp Cody With Being Healthiest Camp In U. S.

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:30 pm

Deming maintains its lead as the healthiest army camp location in the United States, for the Official Bulletin quotes the surgeon general of the United States as follows, the statement being authorized by the war department:

“Camp Cody again has the lowest sick rate of all camps of this group (divisional camps), camps Sevier, Beauregard and Shelby having the highest sick rates. The largest number of new cases of pneumonia reported from a single camp is 13 (camp Cody).”

At Camp Cody, in addition to the 13 new cases of pneumonia there were 21 new cases of venereal disease, 17 cases of measles, and no deaths, while the noneffective rate was only 18 per thousand. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday August 12, 1918


June 17, 2017

Grenade Kills Camp Cody Officer

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:28 pm

Lieutenant Olaf Damm Is Killed in Accident

A hand grenade, accidentally thrown into a trench yesterday, exploded and killed First Lieutenant Olaf B. Damm, company G, 136th infantry. A non-commissioned officer who was standing by him while a squad was practicing bomb throwing, was taken to the hospital with a severe case of shock. He was not wounded, however.

After the explosion, a brother of the dead officer, Lieutenant George B. Damm, ran to the trench and called for his brother. The non-commissioned officer, crawling out of the dust and smoke, pointed to a huddle of cloth and torn flesh.

Lieutenant Damm and the non-com were standing in the short side of an L shaped trench, watching the effect of grenades thrown by the squad in the long side. It is supposed one of the bombers made a bad throw and the grenade veered off to the short trench. The non-commissioned officer is said to have seen it coming and to have shouted a warning as he dropped to the bottom of the trench.

The Lieutenants Damm were formerly Minnesota national guard officers and had been at Camp Cody a long time. Their parents, who had been visiting them, left for their home in Austin, Minnesota a few hours before the accident. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – August 21, 1918


Three Camp Cody Soldiers

June 10, 2017

Pay Day At Camp Cody, Deming, NM

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:17 pm

Pay day started in Camp Cody Monday, the 134th infantry and some of the artillery units being, remembered by the paymaster, in consequence more money than usual has been in circulation amount the business men of Deming. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 10, 1918

National Guard - Co 1 - Deming, New Mexico

National Guard – Co 1 – Deming, New Mexico

June 4, 2017

Out in the Field at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:13 pm

Both the 135th and 136th infantry regiments spent two days in hike in the field last week. Their maneuvers involved the working of various combat problems. Spaulding ranch, Hondale and Watkin’s ranch were their camping places. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 10, 1918


Showers at Camp Cody

May 27, 2017

Camp Cody Gunners On Hike

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:53 pm

The three machine gun battalions stationed in Camp Cody, the 125th, 126th and 127th, together with the machine gun companies of the regiments stationed in the camp, took a 15 mile hike Monday, under command of Major Philpot. The day passed uneventfully, all organizations returning to camp late in the afternoon. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, April 10, 1918


Bakery Company No 40_- Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico


May 20, 2017

Governors Protest at Breaking Up Camp Cody Units

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:49 pm

Secretary of war, Baker, has asked General Peyton March, chief of staff, to comply, if possible with the request of the governors of Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota who yesterday asked that their state troops at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, be sent to France only as individual units so their identity might not be lost. The governors said they were informed 5000 troops were about to leave camp as replacements. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, May 30, 1918


May 13, 2017

Government Report Give Camp Cody Ribbon as Healthy Camp

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

Camp Cody is far from being the unhealthy place some of tits knockers would have the world believe. Government statistics tell another story. It is one of the most healthy camps in the entire country.

With the week of April 19, the war department at Washington began publishing a “casualty” list for the training camps of the country, including each of the places where troops are stationed, aside from the 32 recognized cantonments.

Camp dodge, Iowa, led the list with 31 deaths for the week. The names of the men were enumerated. Camp Cody had but two deaths in the same period. Camp Sherman had 17 deaths; Camp Travis, Texas 14; Camp Taylor, Kentucky, 13 deaths.

Camp Dodge, in other words, in one week went far toward the total reached by the highest month in the history of Camp Cody. That was December, when approximately 50 men died.

The average death rate for Camp Cody recently has been no more then three or four men a week, while the number of men in the hospital has been decreasing steadily according to reports in the office of the division surgeon, Colonel J. M. Coffin. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Friday, May 3, 1918

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