In the early days of our school, money was tight. This was particularly true when the Great Depression was a result of the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. At that time, the United States government operated Sequoyah primarily for Native American orphans of the Five Civilized tribes.
Sequoyah had to be partially self-sufficient in order to provide for their students’ needs. Students not only went to school to learn academic subjects but they also learned a vocation. Students attended school part of the day and worked in different areas of the campus rest of the day as a way to help provide what the school needed.
Girls worked in the laundry and dining hall. Boys worked on the farm growing crops and vegetables, and also milked the cows in the dairy barn twice a day. Each student was assigned a place to work. Duties were rotated every so often so the students didn’t have to do the same job all the time. If a student didn’t like one duty, he could eventually move to another. Mr. Tommy Thompson assigned most of the duties for the boys. He was also the football coach. When he saw a boy that he thought might be a good football player, he would ask him to try out for the football team. If the student decided football really wasn’t for him, the student might end up milking cows at 4:30 each morning. After a week or two of that, playing football sure started to look better.
Even though the dairy barn where they kept and milked the cows is no longer here at Sequoyah, you can still go to its approximate location and get your milk to drink with your meals.
Where was the Old Dairy Barn located?
Answer: Current cafeteria