Student information card of Thomas Kester (here Kesto), a member of the Pawnee Nation, who entered the school on August 31, 1882 and departed on March 28, 1887.
Student information card of Thomas Kester, a member of the Pawnee Nation, who entered the school on August 31, 1882 and departed on March 28, 1887.
In school documentation Thomas Kester's name is also spelled Thomas Kesto.
The first page opened with the poem, "Work and Play," followed by a reprint of Dennison Wheelock's first prize essay entitled, "Is It Right for the Government to Stop the Teaching of Indian Languages in Reservation Schools," arguing for the affirmative. The second page featured news about students who returned home after completing their terms…
Studio portrait captioned as "Pawnee Indian group that entered the Carlisle Indian School in 1882." If that is accurate, then the sitters include: Louis Bayhylle, Frank West, Chalkley Stafford, Abram Platt, Thomas Kester, Bruce Hayman, Henry Eagle Chief, Minnie Topa, and Nellie Aspenall. Those are the nine students from the Pawnee nation who…
Richard Henry Pratt requests authority to return Thomas Kester and Lena Black Bear to their homes due to ill health. Pratt indicates that the school has carried them through the poor weather but believes that a change will be beneficial.
Richard Henry Pratt seeks authority to send home Millie Yellow Bear to accompany Lena Black Bear, who is ill. In addition he notes that he has delayed sending Thomas Kester home due to his coming down with a case of the mumps.