Fannin County Education in the Late 1800s

The Savoy Male and Female College influenced the lives or hundreds of young men and women during the years before 1890 when it flourished in the town of Savoy. Like all of the private schools, it had periods of financial uncertainty. The president of the college alleviated this situation by a cooperative program with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

In 1884-1885 Professor Halsell, the president, encouraged a number of Indian youth to attend the college. The nearness of the school to Indian Territory provided a means for the young Indians to have schooling, which had not worked out in other boarding schools. Liberal subsidies of $20 per month per pupil were paid by the tribal governments of the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes who were settled in southern Oklahoma. Other Indians during this time attended the Ector High School and the various private schools in the area.

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  1. Source: Fannin County Folk and Fact, 1977, page 61
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