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Euchee Indian Boarding School
Plans to establish the Euchee Indian Boarding School began as early as 1891, but the school was not built until 1894...
The land was public domain, but in 1899 it was surveyed and 40 acres reserved for the school...
The school in the beginning was in charge of a Presbyterian Mission at Park Hill. It had an 80 pupil capacity. The Council agreed that it be co-educational with 50 Creeks and 50 Euchees. Noah Gregory was the first Superintendent.
When first organized the school had 3 buildings - 2 dorms and a 3 room school less than a mile outside the city limits.
1925 it became a school for boys - 110 Euchees and Creeks and more buildings were added. The girls were sent to Eufaula. 1928 the school opened the Federal support, receiving Creek, Euchee, Cherokee and Seminole boys. In 1929 ninth-grade boys were placed in the pubic schools of Sapulpa.
1895-1899 J. H. Land was Superintendent and Minister of the school. 1900 Wm A. Sapulpa was the Superintendent.
1897 Creek Nation took over and provided for maintenance of the school.
1907 control of the school was assumed by the Federal Government.
1929 boys above forth grade were enrolled in Sapulpa City Schools. Fifth and sixth graders attended Woodlawn School which was located on the two acres given to the City of Sapulpa by the Creek Nation. Seventh and eighth grades attended Washington School. The school accepted students from this area who were without adequate homes, having lost one or more parents. Boys must not have less than 1/4 degree Indian blood. Creek, Euchee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Cherokee tribes were enrolled.
1947 the Euchee Mission was abolished by government order and pupils absorbed by the Sapulpa School system.
Source: Sapulpa, 74066 Vol. 1, p. 112
Other bits about Euchee Mission from the Sapulpa book -
Stella Woodson, R. N. Nurse at Euchee Mission
Much credit for the founding of Euchee Mission is due to Samuel Brown, Noah Gregory, Henry Land and Wm Sapulpa.
Euchee Tribe of Indians, 2 S. Independence, Sapulpa.....918-224-3065
Wanda Havlick firstname.lastname@example.org
By fourth grade the mission had been opened and the Woodlawn 4th grades had classes in one of the two of three two storied buildings that were either dorms for the mission students or classrooms....I really don't remember. I do remember that there were four classes in each building. The buildings sat about where the parking lot is located on the east side of Woodlawn (new) and the HS. There was a house located on the property occupied by the Bonham family, I think. Both adult Bonhams were teachers. I don't recall any other homes ever being on that piece of land now occupied by the school.
One of the old mission buildings was used as a Youth Center at one time and was near the center of the area now occupied by the schools. I lived in the 1400 block of Thompson Street and remember walking through the area.
We were not allowed to fraternize with the Mission students,
nor they with us. However, I recall that many of the students
later attended Woodlawn. At my age, I hardly remember what happened yesterday,
but I do remember Euchee Mission. Would you believe I felt discriminated
against because I thought their school was for the more privileged???
Charlie R Brooks email@example.com
Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs [BIA]
Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Narrative and statistical reports, with accompanying photographs, 1928-46. Records relating to enrollment and attendance, 1914-42; and personnel, 1912-47. Student case files, 1912-47.