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1902 Official Report of the Superintendent of the Deaf & Dumb Institute
1902 Official Report of the Superintendent of the
Deaf & Dumb Institute
by H. C. Beamer
to Governor T. B. Ferguson


Submitted by: Jennifer Ammons & transcribed by: Tammie Chada


Hon. T. B. Ferguson

Governor of Oklahoma Sir:
Complying with your request I herewith submit a statement of the deaf and dumb School for the biennium ending November 30, 1902.
A general review and examination of the pupil's work was made at the beginning of the present year by our Principal, and Grades, with their Divisions, established.
The results thus far are very encouraging. The department, scholarship, manual and oral work of the pupils have been above the average.
Credit for this is due to teachers, officers and employees, all of whom have rendered faithful and efficient service. The excellent health of the pupils is cause for special satisfaction. We have had no death and but light cases of sickness.
We have made needed repairs, improvements and additions, since our last report, have added a dormitory for the girls, with fire escape, also a large dormitory for the boys and have built a school-room and chapel.

List of Officers and Teachers

H. C. Beamer, Superintendent
M. A. Beamer, Steward and Matron
Dr. J. W. Duke, Physician
Pearl H. Dunham, Principal and teacher of higher grades
Frieda Bauman, First Intermediate
Edith Brummitt, Second Intermediate
Francis Hockensmith, Primary
Mrs. Dunham, our Principal, has organized and is teaching an Articulation and Lipreading class, which is making good progress. Some of the class are able to take sentences from her lips and write them on the black-board.
We have a Christian Endeavor Society under the direction of Miss Edith Brummitt, this is held every Sabbath evening. Our Literary Society is under the direction of Miss Frieda Bauman. The Physical Culture class is under the direction of Miss Francis Hockensmith. New pupils are still coming in and there is a gradual growth in the school.
The pupils are very attentive and manifest an eagerness to get all the benefits possible out of their school.
The money expended for these unfortunates could not possibly be more appreciated by those more fortunate, who have their hearing, for the majority of the deaf make use of all their time in the school room and their eagerness to grasp everything new, that will enlighten them, is noticeable on every hand and it is wonderful how fast they improve and retain. This fact justifies the assertion that, in providing for the education of these children it is money well spent since, when they acquire an education, they are qualified to walk side by side with their hearing brother. A deaf child without an education must grow up in helpless ignorance and helpless dependence. When once they are familiar with the English language, their advancement is very rapid.
Since my last report the following changes have taken place in our corps of teachers:
Miss Louisa K. Thompson, Principal
Miss Rachel Foster, Intermediate, and
Miss Bessie Taylor, Primary, have retired
The vacancies have been filled as follows:
Mrs. Pearl H. Dunham, Principal
Miss Frieda Bauman, First Intermediate
Miss Edith Brummitt, Second Intermediate
Miss Francis Hockensmith, Primary.
Our school hours are from 9 o'clock until 12 N, and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Study hour in the evening from 7:30 to 8:30.
All forms of light housekeeping, sewing, mending and fancy work are taught the girls.
The boys are provided with lumber, nails and all necessary tools for carpenter work, and are also taught to assist in care of the school buildings and all out-door work.
All kinds of innocent games are provided, for their pleasure and amusement, between their work and study hours.
The following is the list of pupils enrolled from t he several counties:
Name...............................County
Adams, Frank........................Logan
Stuard, Clarence....................Logan
Price, Howard.......................Logan
Price, Guard........................Logan
Fallowell, Jessie...................Logan
Reed, Lemuel, (Colored).............Logan
Shearer, Alice......................Logan
Ruck, Katie.........................Logan
Ryan, Joseph........................Logan
Wilkinson, Lamount..................Logan
Lindsay, Nellie.....................Logan
Simpson, Enola......................Noble
Black, Prudence.....................Noble
Applegate, Nora.....................Noble
Gulledge, Cecil.....................Noble
Ewell, Pansy........................Payne
Buckles, Guy........................Payne
Berg, Paulina.......................Payne
Patch, Edna......................Canadian
Miller, Maude....................Canadian
Rice, Carl.......................Canadian
Harney, Edward...................Oklahoma
Ford, Annie......................Oklahoma
Chesnut, Ova...................Kingfisher
Bond, Enos.....................Kingfisher
Taylor, Talitha...............Roger Mills
Webb, Annie.......................Washita
Johnson, Odessa..............Pottowatomie
Sprague, Anna................Pottowatomie
Hood, Riley..................Pottowatomie
Passmore, Maggie.............Pottowatomie
Howell, Etta.................Pottowatomie
Rogers, George...............Pottowatomie
Tidwell, Sallie..............Pottowatomie
Minnick, Iva........................Woods
Minnick, Annie......................Woods
Carter, Levi........................Woods
Morris, Nellie......................Woods
Boyle, Mary.........................Woods
Streck, Fred.....................Garfield
McCutchan, Viola.................Garfield
Reynolds, Loren..................Garfield
Kellner, Harry......................Dewey
Kellner, Theo.......................Dewey
Emmons, Louis......................Blaine
Brite, Samuel......................Beaver
Wilson, Nora.....................Woodward
Swain, Gertha....................Comanche
Luther, Mai.........................Greer
Slater, Alta........................Caddo
Wolf, Mary (Indian).................Caddo
Cook, Lora.........................Custer
Simpson, Eula......................Custer
Losey, George.....................Lincoln
Losey, Florence...................Lincoln
Chambless, Lonia....................Kiowa
Chambless, Effie....................Kiowa
Huddleston, Ollie.....................Day
Total 59.

Moved out of the Territory

Name...............................County
Deshazer, Charley..................Pawnee
Deshazer, Ida......................Pawnee
Casey, John.........................Logan
Haner, Pearl........................Logan

Left school on account of eyes.

Name...............................County
Duncan, Laura....................Canadian
Total 5.
I append the report of Mrs. Pearl H. Dunham, Principal, and J. W. Duke, Physician.

 
Very respectfully,
H. C. Beamer, Superintendent


Report of Principal

To the Superintendent of the Oklahoma deaf and Dumb Institute:

Sir: I hereby submit my report of the educational department, covering the period from September 1, to November 30, 1902.
As a whole the pupils are making good progress in their school work.
The education and training given here, is preparing these children to become self-supporting and law-abiding citizens, fitting them to take up life's duties and responsibilities side by side with their more fortunate brothers.
The methods used are the same as those used in the leading schools for the deaf.
Of the fifty-nine pupils in attendance, twenty-eight are taught speech and lip reading. All who can profit by it are given this instruction.
The school is divided into four classes which are taught by teachers who are trained specialists.
A carefully prepared course of study has been adopted. This course includes all the branches usually taught in the grammar schools for hearing children.
I would recommend that pupils be admitted to this school between the ages of six and twenty-one years.

Course of Study


Sixth Primary Grade
     Language
     Numbers:  1 to 10.  Addition
     Spelling
     Penmanship 
     Morals and manners

Fifth Primary Grade
     Language      
     Numbers:  To 100.  Addition and Subtraction
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

Fourth Primary Grade
     Language
     Numbers:  To 1000.  Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

Third Primary Grade
     Language
     Number:  to 100,000; long division, Roman notation
     Geography:  First steps, map of Oklahoma
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

Second Primary Grade
     Language
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to addition of compound numbers
     Tarbell's Introductory Geography to p. 58, inclusive
     Montgomery's Beginner's History to p. 116
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

First Primary Grade
     Language
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to multiplication of fractions
     Complete Tarbell's Introductory Geography
     Complete Beginner's History
     First Lessons in Physiology
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

D Intermediate Grade
     Language
     Reading:  Lights to Literature, Book Three
     Tarbell's complete Geography to p. 33, inclusive
     First Steps in the History of Our country, to p. 15, inclusive
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to addition of decimals
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

C Intermediate Grade
     Language
     Reading:  Ethics of Success, Book 1
     Tarbell's Complete Geography to page 105
     First Steps in the History of our Country, completed
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to Percentage
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

B Intermediate Grade
     Language
     Reading:  Lights to Literature, Book Four
     Tarbell's Complete Geography to p. 109
     Leading Facts in American History to p 190
     The Mother Tongue--Book II, to p. 151
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to Discount
     Spelling
     Penmanship
     Morals and manners

A Intermediate Grade
     Language
     Side Lights on American History
     Physiology, Book II
     The Leading Facts of American History--completed
     The Mother Tongue, Book 2 completed
     Ray's Third Part Arithmetic to Mensuration
     Spelling
     Morals and manners

High School, Junior Year
     English
     American History, reviewed
     English History for American, to Henry VIII
     Kerl's Common School Grammar
     Harkness' Easy Latin Method
     Arithmetic, completed and reviewed
     Houston's Physical Geography
     Houston's Natural Philosophy

High School, Senior Year
     English
     English History for Americans, completed
     Meiklejohn's English Grammar
     Latin
     Wentworths School Algebra

 
Very respectfully,
Pearl H. Dunham
Guthrie, Oklahoma, Nov. 24, 1902



Mr. H. C. Beamer,
Superintendent of School for the Deaf and Dumb.
Dear Sir:
I have the honor to report that the health of the school has been excellent during the past year. There has been no serious sickness among the children, and not more than two were confined to their beds, and they were out within a few days.
The new dormitories have added greatly to the comfort and health of the school. The children are well fed and happy, and certainly in good physical condition to make rapid advancement in their studies.

 
Respectfully,
J. W. Duke, M. D. School Physician


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