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July 6, 2020

126th Field Artillery Has Started Battalion Messes at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:28 am

The officers of the 126th Field Artillery at Camp Cody have begun to get acquainted, in every sense of the term. Battalion messes have been started up in the regiment.

The wife and child of Major E. B. Bush, medical corps, have arrived here to join him.

Mrs. W. H. Mclain, wife of Lieut. McLain, regimental veterinarian, has arrived in Deming to be with her husband.

Headquarters company, to be sergeants: Corpls. C. R. Lyall, James L. Conadar, Pvt. 1st class Herbert Fedderson. To be corporals: Pvts. 1st class Roland O. Bohnson, Horace Ingwerson, Herluf H. Sahl, Andrew C. Swanson, Will I. Tufford, Edward K. Spaulding, Arthur C. Hamilton and Michael B. Burnett.

Trenches For Camp Cody Men Will Be Built Within a Few Weeks.

Col. E. H. Shultz, division engineer, said that engineers would be sent out this week to lay out the trench system which is to be used in training the men at Camp Cody. These trenches will be located about eight miles north of camp. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 27, 1917


Camp Cody Soldiers In Trenches – Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

June 29, 2020

Camp Cody Loses General A. P. Blocksom to Hawaiian Post

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:38 pm

Blocksom Will Be in Charge of the Entire Hawaiian Department.

Camp Cody’s “grand old man,” beloved by every man in the Deming camp and a dynamic leader in American military Circles for years, is to leave his command in the 34th division, the camp which he has guided and directed since its inception and institution among the foothills of the New Mexico desert, for a broader range of activities in the great American possessions in the Pacific.

In a telegram received at division headquarters from major general McCain, adjutant general of the United States army, Washington, D. C., Major General Augustus P. Blocksom has been transferred from the national army to the regular army, with rank of brigadier general. The order requested that the Camp Cody commander report as soon as possible at the Pacific division and proceed to Honolulu, Hawaii, there to assume commander of the Hawaiian department.

Regret Over Departure

In leaving Camp Cody for his new post, brigadier general Blocksom leaves as many friends and devoted well wishers as there are men in camp, besides his wide circle of friends in civilian life. During his connection with the Deming camp he has been popular with both officers and enlisted men and many expressions of regret at the transfer are heard in all sides. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – April 25, 1918


General Blocksom – Camp Cody, Deming, NM 1918

June 23, 2020

Base Hospital “Y” House is Practically Completed

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:56 am

Contractor W. W. Barracks reports the practical completion of the new Y. M. C. A. building at the base hospital, which is the finest “Y” building at any camp in the southwest. It would be an ornament to any city.

The main building is 38×96 feet with a wind 30×30 feet. In one end of the main building a fine stage has been erected, the moving picture machine being in the opposite end. The social room, with its attractive fireplace and appropriate furniture, is one of the beauty spots in camp. There are two class rooms, two bedrooms and a comfortable ladies’ rest room with lavatory and toilet. There is also a house toilet, lavatory and shower.

The big building is painted in a most becoming manner and the inside furnishings and fixings are something “swell.” The reading and writing tables are of the very latest design and are comfortable and lounge enough to make the boys all thing of “home, sweet home.”

The structure will be formally dedicated in the course of a short time. It will “set the Y back” $10,000 in round numbers, but will set it ahead in human esteem $100,000. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – September 26, 1918

                          Camp Cody YMCA – Deming, New Mexico – Jan 1917

June 15, 2020

War Romance Ends At Camp Cody in a Marriage

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:30 pm

First Lieutenant “2” Smith Weds Miss Ruth Agnes Merritt, “Sweetest Girl In Iowa.”

The Y. W. C. A. hostess house was the scene of a charming wedding Thursday afternoon, the result of a real war romance, the contracting parties being Lieutenant O. Martin Smith, of Camp Cody, and Miss Ruth Agness Merritt, who gave up the position of domestic art instructor in the public schools of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and journeyed all the way to Camp Cody, New Mexico, to wed the man with whom she had been corresponding as private, corporal, sergeant and second and first lieutenant. The bride was accompanied to Deming by an aunt, who came this way on her journey to California.

The ring ceremony was performed by chaplain M. O. Stockland, of the 366th machine gun battalion, and as the vows were plighted Miss Helen Holt played softly “Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.” – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – November 21, 1918


Camp Cody Wedding, Deming, New Mexico


Y. W. C. A. Hostess House Deming, New Mexico, 1917 – 1918

June 7, 2020

Y. M. C. A. Will Raise A Million In Army Department

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:11 pm

E. F. Denison, chief camp secretary of the Y. M. C. A., is back from Dallas, where he attended a meeting of secretaries of that organization from the military camps in the southern department. Also he attended there a meeting with business men from all the states in the southern department to plan the campaign which is to be made between November 11 and November 19 next to raise a part of the $35,000,000 for Y. M. C. A. work up to July 1, 1918.

This money is from work among American soldiers in the United States and France, and the soldiers of France, Italy and Russia and allies prisoners in hands of the enemy. The southern department has to raise $1,000,000 of this fund. Mr. Denison is lending two of his camp secretaries, L. R. Smith and L. C. Goodwin, for 30 days to work with business men of New Mexico.

Mr. Denison will leave Wednesday for is home in Omaha, Nebraska to help organize the Nebraska campaign for this fund. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Monday, Oct 15, 1917



4th Nebraska And 3rd Minnesota At Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918


May 30, 2020

Barney Reidt is Added to Knights of Columbus Working Force at Camp Cody

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 1:57 pm

Another valuable acquisition to the corps of able assistants to secretary Leroy J. Murphy, of the Knights of Columbus, has been made, during the last week, in the arrival at Camp Cody, of Barney Reidt, recently connected with the K. of C. at Camp Kearney, Linda Vista, California.

Mr. Reidt come to Camp Cody in the capacity of assistant secretary and will direct the greater part of his attentions to the promotions and handling of athletics. At Camp Kearney he was associated with Jack Barry, formerly of the New Your Giants, who is athletic director of the K. of C. there. – Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – April 11, 1918


Knights Of Columbus Building – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917-1918

May 25, 2020

Of 335 New Mexico Men for Camp Cody, Luna County to Send 25

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 10:19 pm

The Luna county draft board has sent induction papers of 25 of the old draft men with instructions to report at Camp Cody for duty. The state will furnish 335 men, all but three going to Camp Cody.

The order numbers of the new draft men are held in Washington and will be drawn on October 2, while the serial number is held by the local board. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – September 26, 1918


109th Field Signal Battalion – Field Inspection – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

May 17, 2020

Camp Cody Circus Wins Applause

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 4:09 pm

Parade Over Three Miles Long Is One of Its Best Features

Barnum & Balley tried to run a circus for a spell and now both are dead, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West has “gone west” and Ringling Brothers are struggling along. In their best days none of them had a parade more than a few blocks in length, but it remained for Camp Cody to come out with a circus parade yesterday three miles long, every organization in camp furnishing one or more of the “thrills.”

In the stupendous, appalling, gorgeous, glittering, historical pageant there appeared bands of music, fierce Hun-eating lions in a guarded cage, hay devouring zebras from Zebu, 57 varieties of clowns, dancing women, bare back riders, acrobats and every form of freakish nature that would provoke a smile on the part of a soldier and cause him to take his mind from the actual work of war.

The pageant appeared before every organization in camp, the entire aggregation of wonders passing through the city in order that civilians might see the versatile soldiers at play.

Captain R. L. S. Ferguson, division athletic officer is owner of the stupendous enterprise and Lieutenant C. B. Arnoud, 67th brigade, is general manager.

“Scottie” Downie and company, assisted by scores of Camp Cody artists, put on one of the classiest circus concert programs at division theater last company. Space forbids the enumeration of all the attractions. Camp Cody, Trench and Camp Newspaper – July 25, 1918


Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

May 4, 2020

Eastern Camp Cody Soldier and His Sweetheart Married

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 3:48 am

Sergeant Eli J. Tebo, of the quartermaster corps, formerly of Watertown, Mass., and Winifred U. Joy, of the same far eastern city, were married at the Episcopal rectory in Deming by the Rev. L. B. Holsapple on Wednesday afternoon. The witnesses were Sergeant I. E. Taylor and C. J. Shipee, of the military organization as the groom. The wedding and the supper at the Harvey house later, were real Watertown reunions, for all were from the Massachusetts city.

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Women Visit Camp Cody Later.

An order issued from 34th division headquarters under date of July 23, extends hours for women in camp to 8:10 pm. The limit heretofore has been 7 pm. – El Paso Herald Newspaper – Thursday, July 25, 1918


Wedding at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico , 1917-1918


YWCA Hostess House, Deming, New Mexico, 1917-1918


April 26, 2020

Quarantine Order Closed Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Tags: — Michael Kromeke @ 2:10 pm

Spread of Spanish Influenza Results in Drastic Action by Officer In Command

Deming City Also Falls In Line

Schools, Theaters and Rink Closed, No Church Service or Public Gatherings for Present

Camp Cody went into quarantine last night at six o’clock for a period of sixty days. The order for this more was issued yesterday just afternoon by the commanding officer, Colonel Mareum.

Following a conference with the camp authorities by Mayor Hamilton and the city health officer, Dr. Vickers, the city also adopted quarantine measures, which went into effect at once. The city schools closed yesterday afternoon for an indefinite period. The four movie theaters closed their doors at six o’clock yesterday afternoon: so did the Palace skating rink, and there will be no further church services in the city and no more public gatherings until the order is rescinded.

The quarantine is occasioned by the discovery of eases of the dreaded “Spanish Influenza” withing the past few days. It was hoped that Camp Cody might escape the epidemic that is sweeping all the army camps and has made its appearance in 43 states up to yesterday, but his hope has proven vain.

Cases of the influenza in all camps yesterday numbered more than 100,000, with 2,148 deaths reported. The deaths nearly all resulted from pneumonia, which follows the influenza in a large percentage of cases.

It is generally accepted that the epidemic has been spread by German agents, as it could hardly have traveled so swiftly by natural channels. It is a severe blow to the allied armies that all transportation of troops should have to cease equivalent to German victory of at least the second magnitude but, it will not save Heinie nor long postpone his finish.

If the quarantine last the full period for which it is declared the camp will not be open until December 3rd. It is taken for granted, however, that it will be opened before that time if the disease is routed from the camp. On the other hand it is certain to last just as long as the epidemic last, which may be much longer that sixty days.

Mess sergeants and other had orders yesterday to get all bills with Deming firms paid before night, and were busy all afternoon setting up their business and bidding their Deming friends “Merry Christmas.”

The Spanish influenza is so called probably because it made its first appearance last winter in Spain, and shortly thereafter swept the entire German army, jumping then to the allied forces, which have had their full run of it. It only made its appearance in this county a few weeks ago and has spread with swiftness since that time. Deming Graphic Newspaper – Friday, October 4, 1918


Infirmary at Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico 1917 thru 1918


Hospital Ward – Camp Cody, Deming, New Mexico – 1917 thru 1918

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