Colony Public School

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City/Town: Colony
Location Class: School
Year Built: Early 1950's
Year Abandoned: Late 1960's
Status: Abandoned
Photographer: Wendi & Amanda

Colony Public School in northeastern Washita County is the town of Colony,OK.  The community took its name from the Seger Colony founded by John Seger.  The remains of the Colony Public School occupies the former grounds of the Seger Indian School .

John H. Seger was born in Geauga County, Ohio, February 23, 1846, and died February 6, 1928, at Seger Colony, Washita County, Oklahoma. He was buried at Fairview cemetery at Colony.

In 1911, the population of Colony was estimated to be around 300.  In the early 2000’s, the population droped to 147.
The Colony Public School Building and Gymnasium were built in the mid 1950’s after a tornado destroyed the original Colony school and gymnasium on the north side of town in 1951.  The last known graduating class was in the late 1960’s.  In the 1970’s, the school system consolidated with the town of Corn to form the Washita Heights School District.  It is unknown for certain how long the school has been abandoned.  There are no known future plans for the buildings.

Located on the same property is Seger Indian School that operated in Colony from 1892 through 1932.  On August 15 1932, the school closed permanently.

In 1886 Seger arrived in the area in company with many Arapahos. Later, Cheyennes joined the colony. By 1887 the number of Indians had increased to over five hundred. In 1892 the first brick buildings in Washita County were constructed for an Indian industrial school. Under Seger’s supervision, the Indians made the brick and cut the stone for many of the school structures. Prior to the land run to open the Cheyenne and Arapaho lands to non-Indian settlement, many participants started their race at Colony. Seger was in charge of the more than two thousand prospective settlers whom the U.S. government allowed to begin inside the boundaries because of the dangers of crossing Cobb Creek en masse. In 1895 the Dutch Reformed Church founded a mission at the colony.

William De Lestinier, under government permission, operated a store near the Indian school. Following the 1892 land opening, Zack King and several others established a townsite west of the Indian school and obtained a post office designation as Seger. De Lestinier moved his store to the new townsite. The post office and most of the residents moved four miles west of the school. In 1896 the U.S. Post Office Department approved another post office at the original Seger site, with the name of Colony. Colony School District 109, the last to be established in Washita County, organized in July 1912, due to the closing of the Dutch Reformed Church Mission School, which had been in operation in Colony since 1897.

It was one of eight Indian School that were closing but the only one in Oklahoma.  The students were transferred to the Concho Indian School.  Although the school shut it doors in 1932, some of the buildings were used as a Cheyenne and Arapaho day school from 1936 to the mid 40’s.

The Colony community had early growth. A bank, blacksmith shop, several general merchandise stores, along with three churches, a newspaper, a hardware and funeral supply enterprise, a small hotel, restaurants, and other businesses soon were established. In 1911 the estimated population was three hundred. In 1932 the Seger Indian School closed. In 1970 the population stood at 201, slowly declining to 163 in 1990. In the 1970s the school system consolidated with Corn to form the Washita Heights School District. At the beginning of the twenty-first century the town had a fire department, a strong city government, active churches, and several small businesses. The 2000 population was 147.

Buildings were also used by Colony Public School from 1951 to the 1960’s. Most of the original buildings have been destroyed by several fires over the years.  All that remains today is a smoke stack, the foundation of the original school building and a boarded up house.

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Turf

why are the pictures so small in this post? Normally you guys do much better.

AbandonedOK
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Due to the limitations on file upload size, the small images are the best we could get from the photographers.

Tracy
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Tracy

Due to fire caused from a lightning storm in 2012, there is little left. And I don't think there is a "smoke stack". However the orig water tower that is made from brick by the Indians is still standing as of this date, 10-28-2013. These photos are priceless since it's all gone now.

Tracy
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Tracy

Correction, the lightning storm/fire was in 2011 as mentioned in another post. I have some photos taken after the fire, before it was bulldozed down. Very sad ordeal. So much history is gone.

jgwilliams1023
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jgwilliams1023

Can we print the pictures? I would love to have a copy. Jan

Michael Schwarz
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Did you guys go to Seger Indian School?

Adrian
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Adrian

YAY finally you post new stuff!!!!

Nancy K Dillon
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Nancy K Dillon

My mother was born in Colony in 1920. It is so interesting to read all the history. Thank you !

Lonnie Yearwood
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I'm not aware the Dutch Reformed Church had a school in Colony as the mission worked closely with the Seger Indian School. The church did have an institution of higher education in Cordell (the county seat, 22 miles away) from 1906 through 1912 or 1913.

The smoke stack mentioned above is actually the water tower.

A wildfire in August 2011 swept through the school campus, leaving only the walls of the gymnasium standing and leveling the abandoned school building. The water tower was severely scorched on one side but remains standing.

Thanks for the pictures and information.

amanda
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amanda

i am sad to hear that it burned. it was a really neat and historical site. i am glad we got out there when we did. what about the house that was still standing?

Lonnie Yearwood
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There were two frame houses and a brick structure on the west side of the campus. The two frame houses were damaged by the fire but survived. The two-story brick structure, which was once the Seger Indian School's mess hall, was destroyed.

rod
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rod

very cool website, sad to see parts of oklahoma disappear but at least they live on here

Trent
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Trent

I went to school here K-2nd grade up until May 1992 when the elementary moved to Corn and the buildings were abandoned. The school was Colony Public School until the late 60s when Corn and Colony consolidated and became Washita Heights. Although the pictures don't reflect it, this was a very beautiful place to go to school. It wasn't necessarily the buildings that were beautiful but the setting. As mentioned above the buildings burned down in a grass fire, probably for the better.

yvonne
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yvonne

a friend of mines relative attended the Colony High School i got a class picture dated february 1921 .. its very interesting!

Titus Maggard
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Titus Maggard

The old Seger school finally burnt in like the 80s as for the abandoned colony school just last year as mentioned above. And the two houses that still stand on the Res out there are owned by Indian families.. theres still a town but not really much there anymore… a post office, restruant, and an old gas station, which has been closed about 12 years now

Eugene Steinruck
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Eugene Steinruck

My grandparents were from Norman and Shawnee, Oklahoma and were sent to Seger. My great uncle was sent to Chilicco Indian School at the same time. All were members of the Absentee-Shawnee Tribe. My grandparents left school, for reasons I am trying to find out, married, and started a family. My aunt was born in 1927, and my mother was born in 1929. My grandparents never talked about their experiences at Seger and I wish they had when I would visit. All are gone now. All I have are books, pictures, and archival records to read to get information. Are… Read more »

jgwilliams1023
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jgwilliams1023

I went from 1st grade to 9th at Colony, and the first year to go to Washita Heights my 10th grade. My years in Colony and Washita Heights were the very best years of my life. Colony is a very special place in my heart. My father was born in Colony and lived most of his life in Colony. His mother was raised in Colony. The Presbyterian Church was one of the prettiest old church I have ever seen. The new church is very special to my family. Colony is always my home.

Brad Epperly
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Brad Epperly

There was a murder in 1960 and the coach killed his life with a baseball bat and they found the body while the coach had a basket ball game in the pictures you posted. My grandparents, great grandparents, mom and aunt were there that night.

CBG
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CBG

Yes, my father has told me this story several times. He was there that night, playing basketball for Arapaho.

star williams
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star williams

My parents still live in Colony. I grew up there. Love the small town. Colony has a native American low-cost every year during the Labor day weekend. When the coach murdered his wife they found the bat he used across the street from my grandmother's home. Colony was a great place to grow up in. Everyone knew everybody. I love the article. Right by the old school there is a old cemetery. You can't see it from the road. You have to walk back into the trees to see it. That would be a neat article to read about. Thanks… Read more »

Alan jones
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Alan jones

I remember when Tyler Stam got put in a classroom size metal trashcan, in the third grade I think, and couldn't get out. Lol, anyone else remember that?? Star, I know u remember that.

Alan jones
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Alan jones

3rd row of pictures from the top, the far right picture has the image of a man wearing a hat in the top left area of the picture!!!

whitney
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whitney

i live there and the scool is way worse then those pics

Jason
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Jason

Lived in Colony in 82 and 83. Spent a lot of time at that schoolyard on weekends. At that time you could still explore the old Native school.

Dennis Shamblin
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Dennis Shamblin

Colony is a horrible town. Most the town is drug addicts and cattle rustlers. They still lynch native americans there.

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