Camp Dodge Photograph Album circa 1917
From the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives
Source: The Des Moines Register and Evening Tribune pictorial, undated, "Our Sons at Camp Dodge".
The biggest thing in Iowa is Camp Dodge at Des Moines.
It was built in sixty days at a cost of $3,500,000 to house 45,000 soldiers under training to fight for democracy in the war trenches of Europe.
The Register and The Tribune, realizing its importance and cognizant of a desire among Iowa people to know all about it, have collected in this booklet a hundred pictures of views at the camp and of persons connected with it, which give a perfect understanding of the great patriotic school.
For those who cannot pay a personal visit to Camp Dodge the book supplies the most complete information obtainable in the most attractive form.
For those who are able to visit the Camp the book affords and invaluable and indispensable souvenir.
The volume appears at an appropriate time -- the holiday season, when the minds of every person is on the war and the part that Iowa boys must bear in the struggle is uppermost in the thoughs of all. The 100,000 subscribers of The Register and Tribune family, whose new 13-story stone building at 713-717 West Locust street in Des Moines, is nearing completion, join in holiday greeting to the people of Iowa and in dedication of this book to The Soldiers of Camp Dodge.
Image 01: Clockwise from upper left
a. Each man sets up his own bed upon arriving at camp.
b. Their first drill.
c. Dessert after mess.
d. Straw with which mattresses are filled.
Image 02: Above:
Dean Holmes Cowper leading singing at Y.M.C.A.
152nd Infantry Band.
Image 03: Five views of the camp.
Image 04: Top:
Mess-room set for noon meal.
Lining up to be served.
Image 05: Three views of the camp.
Image 06: Clockwise from upper left
a. Colonel James P. Harbeson.
b. Colonel Chas. W. Castle.
c. Brigadier General S. M. Foote.
d. Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln.
Image 07: Major General Edward H. Plummer
Commander of Camp Dodge
Image 08: Above:
Writing letters home in the Y.M.C.A. writing room.
Around the fireplace in the Y.M.C.A.
Image 09: Negro Contingents arriving from Alabama and glimpses of their first drills.
Image 10: Above:
Section of Base Hospital.
Parade ground west of camp where 20,000 men sometimes drill together.
Part of the remount station.
Image 11: Clockwise from upper left
a. Old brick house at Camp Dodge, the first division headquarters.
b. General Plummer's Camp Dodge home.
c. New division headquarters.
d. Camp Dodge freight depot.
Image 12: Clockwise from upper left
Sports and Excerse.
a. Making a broad jump.
b. Hurdle-jumping on horseback.
c. Watching the world's series scoreboard.
d. Setting-up exercises.
Image 13: Looking south from center of Camp Dodge, Iowa. (Left and Right Sides)
Image 14: First members of the new national army arriving on registration day.
Image 15: Clockwise from upper left
a. Reading the "Camp Dodger," official newspaper of the 88th division.
b. Selecting their new overcoats.
c. Doing his own laundry.
d. Register-Tribune "Smokes for Soldiers" parade, in which Camp Dodge soldiers participated.
Image 16: Clockwise from upper left
a. View of Camp Dodge fire fighters and apparatus.
b. View of Camp Dodge fire fighters and apparatus.
c. Million-gallon reservoir from which Camp Dodge receives its water.
d. Barracks partially destroyed by fire.
Image 17: Above:
Division headquarters motorcycle squad.
General Plummer entering his official car and view of Camp Dodge looking south from Depot street.
Image 18: Clockwise from upper left
a. Lined up at registration building on first registration day.
b. Audubon County contingent arriving for registration.
c. Their last chance to "take things easy," awaiting their turn to register.
d. Filling their mattresses with straw.
Image 19: Clockwise from upper left
a. Receiving officers who registered new soldiers.
b. Lieutenant Colonel B. P. Howell.
c. Colonel Bonnycastle.
d. Colonel G. E. Houl.
Image 20: Clockwise from upper left
a. Target drill.
b. Artillery drill.
c. Bayonet drill.
d. Folks from home watching drills.
Image 21: At drill and play on the company streets.
Image 22: Clockwise from upper left
a. Site of Camp Dodge in June, 1917, before building operations commenced.
b. Trench-digger with which sewer ditches were dug.
c. Soldier boys unloading coal.
d. Part of Base Hosital.
Image 23: Above:
Part of the ambulance equipment.
Red Cross Nurses at Base Hospital.
Image 24: Clockwise from upper left
a. One of the eight Y.M.C.A. buildings.
b. Methodist Church.
c. Presbyterian Church.
d. Knights of Columbus building.
Image 25: Clockwise from upper left
a. Colonel S. C. Vestal
b. Colonel H. J. Price
c. Brigadier General W. D. Beach
d. Lieutenant John Fogarty
e. Captain John Quigley
Image 26: Clockwise from upper left
a. A typical kitchen force.
b. Peeling potatoes for mess.
c. Governor Lowden of Illinois (center of group), visiting Camp Dodge.
d. French army officers visiting Camp Dodge.
Image 27: Above:
Board walk on Main avenue looking north from Eleventh street.
"Newspaper Row," headquarters of Des Moines newspapers.
Image 28: Clockwise from upper left
a. Library Building.
b. Y.W.C.A. building.
c. House-cleaning day.
d. The trenches.
Image 29: Above:
Studying French at Y.M.C.A.
In one of the canteens.
Image 30: Above:
Clockwise from upper left
a. George Whitmer, first member of new army to register at Camp Dodge.
b. Bernard Anderson (Center), one of the largest men in camp.
c. One of the hospital inmates.
d. Temporary Base Hospital.