Korean War veteran Donnie Kesler of Muskogee spoke to Dr. Russell Lawson’s American Civilization II class on Friday afternoon, April 10th. Mr. Kesler served in Korea from 1953 to 1954, when an armistice had brought the three year Korean War to a close but adversarial relations continued to exist across the 38th Parallel between North and South Korea. Continue reading Korean War Vet Speaks to American History Class at Bacone→
Charles Journeycake, Chief of the Delawares, a founding Trustee of Indian University, was born in 1817. His mother, Sally Journeycake, converted Charles to Christianity; he was baptized in 1833.
Charles began preaching to the Delawares and other Indian tribes of Kansas in 1837. Journeycake became Chief of the Delawares in 1861, and after the Civil War, led his people from Kansas to Indian Territory. Ordained a Baptist minister in 1872, he became a leading intellectual and preacher among the Delawares and others of northern Oklahoma.
One of the more illustrious of Bacone’s alumni was Alexander Posey, the Creek poet and humorist who lived from 1873 to 1908. Posey matriculated at Indian University (renamed Bacone College in 1910) as a high school student in 1889. He continued at Indian University until 1895, serving as librarian. He often contributed articles to a monthly newsletter, the Bacone Indian Instructor, published in the 1890s.
Posey was a prolific freelance writer, writing pieces for a variety of journals and newspapers of his time. In 1894 he contributed a short essay to the Eufaula Indian Journal in which he daydreamed about spring on the Indian University campus. “Quotations from the poets on that delightful season” of spring “are beginning to appear on our black board,” he wrote. “Even the professors, one or two at least, have betrayed inclinations to write delicious rhymes in praise of her for the coming violets and redolent breath already. Do not be surprised if you should see a book issued by the B[acone] I[ndian] U[niversity] press ere long, entitled, ‘Spring and Other Poems’.” Continue reading Alexander Posey and the Beginnings of Indian University Press→