St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, OklahomaFounded in February, 1888, one year before Oklahoma was opened to settlement and barely a year after Purcell was established as a junction point on the Santa Fe, St. Elizabeth is one of Oklahoma's most famous old schools. Money for the grounds, buildings and teachers was paid for by Miss Katherine Drexel of the wealthy Philadelphia Drexel family. She had become interested in educating the Indians through the efforts of Father Vincent Jolly, O.S.B. The school was under the charge of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Philadelphia Foundation, Mother House in Glen Riddle, Pa. These photos in this album were taken while the Payne sisters (Anna Laura, Fay, and Lois) were boarding students at the school, in the late 1920's and early 1930's. They were in Anna Laura Payne Strong's possession until her death in 2004, and are now in the possession of her son, Charles Strong.
St. Elizabeth's Academy, Purcell, Oklahoma, Established 1888; Montage of Students from the Scrapbook of Anna Laura Payne, a 1931 graduate, from the mid 1920's
Please help us identify the students from this photo montage, from the scrapbook of Anna Laura Payne, a 1931 graduate of St. Elizabeth's. Based on the Student Directory, 1888-1968, it is thought the students pictured include Evelyn CUNNINGHAM (later married a Carpento and moved to Canada), Irene DUMAS, Ida KRESS (later married a Singleton and remained in Purcell), Margaret "Maggie" MARTIN, Mary HAYES (married to a McIntosh) and Ruth HAYES, Helen FERRY (later married a Proctor), Anna Laura ("Minnie Ha Ha") PAYNE (later married Homer Strong and lived in Duncan, Oklahoma), "Pa" H. UNKNOWN, "Fama" R. UNKNOWN, Not Labeled-Unknown, "Pat" UNKNOWN (possibly Pacunda COLBERT or Paticia CUTTER), Louise UNKNOWN (possibly Louise McCLURE or Louise MICHAEL), Dorothy "Dot" ROY, and Nora LAWRENCE (later married a Yoakum)
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