Stella Friends Academy Marker
As we search back through our archives of the Spring of 2001, Vol. III, of the OkieLegacy (which is not in our database), we find the Stella Friends Academy Marker that sets on the southside of Hwy 11, where a mobile home and farm now reside.
The historical marker reads as follows: "Building near here from 1897 under auspices of Friends Church, the academy was noted for high moral, spiritual and scholastic standards. Closed 1922. Named for teacher of 1st school (1893) in this vicinity, a sod house near Stella Church in Cherokee Strip."
The photo on the right is a picture of the old Stella Friends Academy in Alfalfa County Historical Society's book entitled Our Alfalfa County Heritage, 1893-1976.
The higher education problem was solved for the Riverside District when the Stella District, just east of Riverside, recede the Stella Friends Academy. The Stella Academy was a stringent four year High School education that required three years of latin. It had boys and girls dormitories. Charge for rooms per month was $1.25 and Board for a full week was $2.25 or $1.75 for a 5 day week.
We also came across this old photo of the 1904 Stella Friends Academy scholars that was in my grandparents possession. On the back of this photograph it reads: "Teacher, please let scholars see the picture while in their seats. 2 at a time can see much better and not let a bunch look or try to look at once, as likely to soil picture. This is one and let me know soon as possible how many more wanted at 25-cents each. Thanking you and all for favors. I am Respectfully, B. F. Smith."
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