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This interview mentions the Rock Academy and it's location. I think there was more than one by that name. This is not all the interview. I deleted the last part.

James, Izora

My name is Izora James, born 1868, about o要e mile east of what is now called Oak Lodge, Oklahoma. It used to be called then Skullyville, I.T. I started to school in 1876 at a school house called Union School located about o要e mile due east of Rock Island, Oklahoma, my teacher being Miss Pratt, a white woman. This was an Indian school for the Choctaw Children. The teacher was paid out of the Indian fund the sum of two dollars for each child. The school house was made out of square hewed logs, the ends of the logs notched and fitted together. There were cracks about o要e and o要e half inches wide between the logs and these were "chined and daubed" with mud or clay. We sat o要 heavy plank benches with out any backs for them. We used slates for our figuring of numbers. We were not taught to write in this school. We studied the Blue-book Speller and the school was not subdivided into different grades like it is now. Some white children went to this school, and they paid the teacher but I didn't remember just how much. We moved close to Kullychaha next and I went to school at what was then known as the Hall. The Mosholatubee Masonic lodge No.13 built the building. They held Lodge upstairs and school down-stairs. Church for the whites was held down stairs also. This school was not graded either. I went here in 1878 and 1879. I still have o要e of the old copies of the old Blue Book Speller yet. They did not teach penmanship in this school either. We learned to write whenever someone would come around and solicit subscriptions for a ten or twelve day writing school. This cost o要e dollar per student. We learned to write with pen and ink. About 1881 we left Kullychaha next and moved close to the place where the Fairview school now stands, about three miles northeast of Poteau, Oklahoma and I went to the Wapanucka school in the Chickasaw Nation which was called also Rock Academy. If a person went to school here long enough they could go to school in the states. This was a mixed school for boys and girls both. I attended in 1884 and 1885. Mr. Rivers and his wife were teachers here. This school was not graded and we had old books that were clear to of date.

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