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American History
Department Heads


      Each department head was like a little world within a world. I can't remember all the network. There was the administration, academic, power plant, vocational, boy's department, girl's department, boy's athletic, girl's athletic, home economics department, food service, kitchen and bakery, agricultural, poultry department.

      Everything was under the administrative department with Mr. Lawrence E. Correll as the superintendent. Academic was over the high school while the Navajo program took care of just that tribe. The reason for this was that they had to learn English along with their other studies.

      The boy's and girl's department were called boy's guidance and girl's guidance departments. These heads position was to keep everything functioning for the children in their home lives at the dormitory. Under them were the workers who stayed at the dormitories in their own complete apartments. I stayed in one of these apartments in Home Five when I was on a working scholarship at Chilocco in order to attend College in Arkansas City, Kansas.

      Under the Home Economics department head was Arts and Crafts, Health care students, cosmetology (beauty shop), sewing, and café management. The bakery came under the kitchen and food management head.

      The dairy came under the agriculture department like the poultry department, Morgan horses, orchard, farming also was in this department.

      The trades: Printing, automotive, shoe shop, dry cleaners, and I'm sure there are others I cannot remember.

      At any rate,  listing these department heads are simply a way to show how structured the school was. It was actually a functioning small town which provided every amenity for everyone's comfortable living.

      Mr. Correll had me tramping around and about the campus doing sketches of the buildings. Maybe,  somehow in his far reaching vision he knew I would be writing about the school one day. I went over the campus doing my sketches for him. This was the year 1954-55. A student was not allowed to walk about over the grounds indiscriminately. Unmarked boundaries where, if you were caught there without permission, the rules had been broken and punishment was exercised in the way of having to give up attending a Saturday movie or some other function. Occasionally, at first,  I had to show my note from Mr. Correll to one or another of the department heads or staff while I was doing his sketches. Students too, wondered why I was given a special privilege. I couldn't explain it at the time but as age rests upon me now I realize this was his way of encouraging with my art endeavors. It was his integrity with education that made me learn art was something valuable and needed to be pursued.

      Now I wonder if he knew about the eventuality of Chilocco's closing and was trying to save memories of it. Other than that I never knew what he wanted with the sketches.


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