Memories of Camp Cody Weblog

May 29, 2010

The National Geographic Magazine, Volume 32 – July 1917 – Camp Cody

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

At Camp Cody, New Mexico, troops from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota are being trained. The camp is situated partly inside the limits of the little plains city of Dem ing, less than 40 miles from the Mexican border. The site offers an expanse of flat country between a branch of the Southern Pacific Railway and the Santa Fe. A plentiful supply of pure water is raised from wells by electric pumps.

Deming has 255 cloudless days a year and sunshine on 308 days; it averages more sunshine than any other camp site. The elevation here is about 4,300 feet. Fifty-nine degrees is the annual mean temperature, with 11 o° as the highest record of the mercury and 9° above zero as the lowest. The city is a health resort and the trade center of a mining and cattle-raising district. The award of the camp site necessitated the moving of railroad stock yards for sanitary reasons.

This camp was named in honor of William F. Cody, last of the great American scouts, whose fame justly ranks with that of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Kit Carson.

May 26, 2010

Work For Camp Cody Soldier’s Wives

Filed under: Camp Cody Deming — Michael Kromeke @ 10:12 am

Major R. B. Sturkie of the quartermaster’s department at Camp Cody is arranging to employ a number of women in the reclamation department at camp and says that preference will be given to the wives soldiers of the division. The pay for the work will be $50 a month to start and the women will have to live outside of camp. The reclamation branch is for the saving of all classes of material which can be made useful in any way and it has been greatly extended in the past few months. Deming Headlight Newspaper – June 21, 1918

May 5, 2010

Robert Oscar McDonald – Camp Cody Soldier

Filed under: Soldier's Story — Michael Kromeke @ 10:01 am

Robert Oscar McDonald - Camp Cody Soldier

Robert Oscar McDonald – Born 1891 in Iowa.  Passed away 1963 in Iowa.  Served in WW1 at Camp Cody New Mexico, 1917.  Contracted the Spanish Flu and could not go overseas with his unit. He was a blacksmith by trade. “All Oscar needed was a description of what you wanted and he’d make it”. He married Opal in 1936 and had eleven children.  Six served their country, with one, Carl, dying while in service.  – Jan Hay and James McDonald

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