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From: "ANGELYN CUNNINGHAM" <>
Subject: December 2004 Bishinik
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 14:24:37 -0500


Some subscribers may not receive the official Oklahoma Choctaw newspaper, Bishinik, but the following excerpted item could be of interest to Choctaws everywhere. A woman named "Judith M. Pfeiffer, while doing research at the University of Delaware Archives, came across a listing for 7 students who were sent to school in Plainfield, Connecticut, in 1848-1849: 6 Choctaws, 1 Chickasaw. A Choctaw boy named William Howell, age 19, died a year after entering what was then Delaware College in Plainfield, and is buried there in the nearby Methodist Cemetery"." Ms. Pfeiffer found his sadly weathered tombstone, a verse on the stone so badly weathered to the point of being illegible. Students from the college, however, are working with her to place a bronze marker on the stone so William Howell's story will "not be lost forever". She offers the following information:

William Howell was born 16 August 1830: died 17 March 1849.

He entered Delaware College on 9 September 1848, age 18.

He was a member of the Athenaean Literary Society and so well loved the members bought black crape and wore "the usual badge of mourning for thirty days". Perhaps this was in the form of an arm band.

The Literary Society's resolutions on the "death of our much-esteemed fellow student and brother member" were published in the Choctaw Telegraph.

His fellow classmates were: Allen Wright who became Chief of the Choctaw Nation; Lycurgus Pitchlin, perhaps the son of Peter Pitchlin, another leader of his people; Leonidas D. Garland; Holmes Colbert; Joseph R. Hall; Junius Little page and Frederick McCalla, was was the lone Chickasaw student.

Ms. Pfeiffer's e-mail address:

Also of interest from the same Bishinik edition:

Michael Roberts of Ada, OK, is this year's World Champion Southern Fancy Dancer, at the Schemitzun Powwow sponsored by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation which is held every year in September at Ledyard, CN. He has won the title 2 times previously, All-Around Champion 3 times. His oldest daughter, T'ata, also brought home a World Championship title in her category - Junior Girls Fancy, ages 7-12.
Michael is the son of Wilson and Sharon Roberts of Ada and the grandson of Stephen and Annie Roberts of Bennington, now deceased.

Angelyn Cunningham


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