From Camp Cody (Bowling)
Deming, N. M., Sept. 20, 1917.
As I promised to write you when I got here, I thought now would be a good time to send you a few lines.
We had a very nice trip and were treated fine all the way through.
The last day on the road we stopped at El Paso, Texas for one hour and while there the Red Cross society met us with sandwiches and hot coffee, we had a long talk with them and they said we had a fine regiment. We landed at Deming Monday night at 12:30. Officers of the day came through and got us all up, through they would unload but they changed their minds and let us sleep in the cars.
All the boys came through in good shape, 650 men.
Tuesday morning we unloaded and started pitching tents. We have water in our camp and will have electric lights in our tents in a few days. We were supposed to start drilling this morning but it has been raining every day since we arrived. Our mess room is very nice. Some of our boys have been transferred to another company, Jim Saxon was one of them and some men from another company were transferred to ours. We were glad to get them, they are a nice bunch of fellows.
There are about 30,000 men in camp here at present and 6,000 more coming. I met a bunch of old friends in Co. R, they are next to us.
I went to Deming last night. Deming is a town of about 3,000 and is building up fast, I could hardly get through the streets.
The boys from Farnam want to thank our Farnam friends who helped and worked for us, also for the farewell they gave us. All will remember the little village and wish more could be along with us.
Would like to hear from some of the folks.
Willis E. Bowling.