Anticipation rising for weekend reunion at Fort Sill Indian School
The Fort Sill Indian School spirit if not the campus itself will bustle with life, stir the past and catch up to the present for many students who passed through its halls during this weekend's annual school reunion.
The annual reunion is slated Friday and Saturday at the Comanche Nation Education Center (formerly the tribe college), 1608 SW 9th. There will be events for all who attend, including cake walks, raffles, music and socializing.
Registration is from 6-7 p.m. Friday. Following that will be an evening starting with an introduction of classes, students, teachers and special visitors, socializing and an oldies dance.
Saturday will have over 12 hours of activities with socializing, cake walk, door prizes, supper, oldies music and dancing and a silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Former students are asked to take yearbooks or nostalgic items: pictures, clothing, news clippings, medals/honors and any other school-related items. The milestone classes are 1947, 70 years; 1957, 60 years; 1967, 50 years; and 1977, 40 years.
Participants may take cakes for cake walk donations or silent auction items, such as games and crafts. Prepared food for the Saturday meal, drinks and snacks are also welcome.
Parts of the Fort Sill Indian School campus on Northeast Lawrie Tatum Road house a few programs, but for the most part its old, hallowed halls remain filled only with cobwebs and some say ghosts.
The school was opened Feb. 20, 1871, by an Ohio Quaker minister, the Rev. Josiah Butler, and his wife, Elizabeth, and members the Society of Friends. Throughout the course of its 109-year history, thousands of Native American children were educated there. The school immersed the students into the traditional school curriculum system while emphasizing vocational training for those housed on campus.