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January 20, 2018

Million Dollars More for Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:27 pm

Hospital Section to Have Six Two Story Wards; Kessler Selects Site.

While nothing definite has been learned in regard to extensive improvements reported to be planned for Camp Cody, reliable authority said today the improvements will run to $1,000,000, or $1,500,000 in cost.

Owen Hughes, original camp contractor, will not be here until next week, his chief clerk, Buford said today. He said he does not know yet exactly what the improvements are to be, except there will be extensive hospital additions.

George E. Kessler, civil engineer from the cantonment division of the quartermaster department, is here selecting the site for the hospital additions.

Lt. Col. Jacob M. Coffin, division surgeon, said the base hospital is to have six two-story wards and other additions, but whether these will remain under contractor H. G. Bush, or not, no one seemed to know today. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Tuesday, February 26, 1918


Camp Cody Hospital Area – 1918


January 13, 2018

Military Parade On Fourth of July At Camp Cody Has Been Proposed

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 8:32 pm

Captain L. R. S. Ferguson, the division athletic office and chaplain of the 135th infantry, believes in the old fashion style of celebrating the Fourth of July. In addition to the program already published he is suggesting a grand parade here in camp with bands of music, flags flying, floats showing the spirit of ‘76, ‘61 and ‘98, and of the allies in 1918.

If his suggestion is adopted, as he has planned such a parade, it promises to be something that will be remembered by the near 30,000 soldiers who will witness it. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, June 12, 1918


January 7, 2018

Camp Cody Men Off on 8-Day Hike

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:28 am

They Cheer Chance to Get Into Open.

Sixty-Eighth Infantry Brigade Will Trek Almost to Hurley Before Retreat Sounds.

To the accompaniment of the cheers of the men, glad to see service in the field, the 68th infantry brigade left Camp Cody Friday morning for an eight days’ hike which will carry it almost to Hurley and return. Field maneuvers, include problems of attack and defense, probably will relieve the monotony of the hike. Colonel Erie D. Luce was in command, with Major Arthur M. Nelson as his adjutant, Major C. B. Robbins, adjutant of the 67th infantry brigade, and Lieutenant Clair B. Arnold, aide, accompanied the brigade as observers.

In addition to the 135th and 135th infantry and 137th machine gun battalion, special units from the sanitary train, including field hospitals and ambulance companies, and part of the field signal battalion, accompanied the brigade. Portions of the horsed section of the 109th supply train accompanied the column, while it will be provisioned and kept in contact with the camp by the motorized section of the supply train.

The people of Deming were somewhat disappointed that the brigade did not come through town on its way out on the hike, as the 67th brigade had done. They appreciated the military show made by the latter. Instead of doing this, the column left the camp and went directly into the country to the north.

The 67th brigade made such and excellent record on its hike that the 68th will have to go some to beat the “rattlesnake” unit of the division. However, it was their expressed intention to make the effort. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Sunday, May 19, 1918

Camp Cody Men Off on 8-Day Hike

Camp Cody Men Off on 8-Day Hike

December 30, 2017

“May Day” One of Great Importance to Officers and Men of Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:15 pm

The arrival of May Day means more than a mere day in a month to Camp Cody. Why?

Well, you see this is the day the officers and enlisted men have the official permission to place moth balls in their woolen clothing and to resurrect the cotton uniforms more suited to warm weather. Officers and men will appreciate this to the full, as during some of the recent hot days, the woolen o. d.’s have been oppressively hot to their wearers.

There has been a rush among the tailors in Deming, outfitting officers who either had no cotton o. d. uniforms or whose old ones were not presentable in the view of their owners. The ready made type also has been somewhat in demand among the officers. The men will wear the regular issue obtained from the camp quartermaster. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 1, 1918


December 23, 2017

Major Mueller Back to 7th; Clerk Halsey to Camp Cody

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

Major A. M. Mueller, of the Seventh cavalry, ordered here from San Antonio, Texas, reported at military headquarters Saturday for duty with his regiment at Fort Bliss.

Chief clerk Francis J. Halsey, who has been on duty at district headquarters as chief clerk, has been ordered to Camp Cody to become chief clerk at artillery brigade headquarters there. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Saturday, June 29, 1918


December 16, 2017

Brigadier General Lindsay To Go To West Point

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

Camp Cody Commander and Wife To Visit Sons About First of New Year

Brigadier General James R. Lindsay and Mrs. Lindsay hope to be with their two sons at West Point shortly after January 1, when the 97th division is a thing of the past.

General Lindsay has recommended that the salvaging of camp be done by civilians, instead of soldiers.

“The soldiers enlisted to fight not to do carpenter work,” said the general.

The old 62nd infantry at Camp Fremont was formerly commanded by Colonel Lindsay, now commanding general of the 97th division.

Out of their combined company profits the regiment bought $12,000 of Liberty bonds, the profits from their post exchange being upwards of $9,000 and their regimental exchange $6,000. As the regiment belongs to the regular army, the bonds will be held indefinitely.

The officers of the old 62nd have expressed a desire to be demoted if can again serve under General Lindsay. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, Dec 19, 1918


Brig. Gen. James R. Lindsay Oct 1918

December 9, 2017

Lieutenant Harries, Nebraskan, Killed by Auto in France

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:54 pm

As Associated Press dispatch Sunday night brought the news of the instant killing in a provincial city in France in an automobile accident of First Lieutenant Warren Harries, son of Brigadier General George Herbert Harries, former commander of the depot brigade at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico. Young Harries was on duty in the town last Thursday night.

Lieutenant Harries left Camp Cody with his father, when that officer, the ranking commander from Nebraska left Deming for a southern camp several months ago. Major H. T. Harries, another son of general, was commander of military police in Camp Cody for several months. The family home is in Omaha. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, July 29, 1918


First Lieutenant Warren Harries

November 25, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Sanderson, of Pennsylvania, Dies at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:35 pm

Lieutenant Colonel Mortimer Sanderson, head of the dental corps in the 34th Division, died Tuesday night as a result of blood poisoning, which originated in an abscess in one ear. He was 32 years of age and recently promoted from Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Colonel Sanderson is survived by his wife and three children. His father is coming from Pennsylvania, where the body will probably be shipped. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, July 31, 1918


November 20, 2017

Wants Drafted Camp Cody Men to have Sports Outfit

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 5:03 am

Chaplain Kline Gets Busy With Governors for Goods for Men Coming.

Lieutenant H. H. Kline, chaplain of the 125th machine gun battalion and who has been detailed as chaplain of the “casual” camp here where the 7048 select draft men from New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Colorado are to be whipped into shape my Major S. B. Philpot, commander of the same battalion, is losing not time in preparing for true sport among those men.

Lieutenant Kline is a live wire Salvation Army chaplain, and he has sent out to the governors of the states above named a letter asking for the draft men. His letter said:

“These men will need baseball outfits, they being assigned to 28 companies. This of course includes balls, masks, bases, pads, gloves, bats, etc.”

“They come with no company or athletic funds. As the officer responsible for their recreational activities, as well as their spiritual and mental welfare, I ask you, as the leader of your state, to obtain and send to me all the equipment along this line that you can. Don’t send any money: send the equipment and I will see that it is put to proper use.” – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Wednesday, May 22, 1918


November 11, 2017

Camp Cody Lieutenant Wedding in Deming

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:31 pm

Lieutenant C. E. Taylor, of the 109th field signal battalion, at Camp Cody, and Mrs. Margaret Shaw, of Deming, were married Tuesday. On there return Wednesday to Deming they found the officers of the signal battalion gathered at the station with a decorated auto ready to convey them to the Lieutenant’s quarters, where they found a make-believe wedding bell suspended on the door. The outside walls were decorated with old shoes and other appropriate suggestions of wedding bliss, while the inside walls bore all sorts of comforting mottoes and suggestions for the newly weds. The bride was born and reared in Deming, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Roush, pioneers of that place. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 11, 1918


Wedding at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

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