A pleasant letter from Anna Thomas this week says she likes Atlantic City. The home she lives in is near the beach. She describes a parade given by the Fifth regiment of Maryland, in bathing suits.  It must have been a laughable sight.  She said the band they used was something like the Man-on-the-band-stand's band. 

July 27, 1888 INDIAN HELPER

July - Sept '88 on Outing with Baily family in Atlantic City, NJ

   It came New Year’s Night.
   Every boy and girl, man, woman and child, black, red and white, who last Tuesday night listened to the sweet songs, the well rendered recitations; who beheld the bewitching pipe-drill, the pretty postures, the exquisite statuary, the unique and charming art-gallery must say without reserve that the scenic effect, the whole get-up of the occasion was the most impressive and indeed the very best that has ever been given by the pupils of any class or sociecy of our school.
   The Girls’ Literary Society deserves great credit, and they received as much as it was possible to give at the time with prolonged and enthusiastic cheering.
   The address of welcome delivered by the Society’s President, Eva Johnson, was most appropriate and well spoken.
   May Paisano stood in a lovely garden, at the entrance of a gate in which was standing her pet dog, as she said her “Seven times one.”
   How sweet was the echo song, by the society! As the distant sound was heard the audience became breathless, which quietness was only exceeded when the first tramp, tramp, tramp and singing of the approaching society was heard, immediately after the  audience had gathered. They marched, and sang as they marched back and forth between the seats until all were in position. And, boys, did you notice that they put down the left foot at the right time in the music?
   The Quartette deserves special mention.  The four voices of Lily Wind, Clara Faber, Katie Grinrod, and Anna Ghomas blended sweetly.
   In the statuary, Lydia Fling represented "Liberty Enlightening the World".  The representation was perfect as she stood so majestically holding the red torch in air.  She

was motionless as the statue itself, and the audience broke out in rapturous applause. 
   The other pieces-“Looking out at Sea,"-Cecelia Londrosh and Anna Marmon; “The Archer-Mary Natsawa; “Ruth” of the Bible-Zippta Metoxen; and “The Water Carrier,“- Anna Thomas, we could have looked at all night.
   The Art Gallery?
   The audience was again held spell bound with surprise and delight, when the curtain arose on a room-full of living pictures. Lilly Cornelius, Hattie Wind, Hattie Porcupine, Susie Bond, Janette Rice. Annie Morton and Belinda Archiquette stood in the frames and were as “pretty as pictures”. Indeed we thought they *were* pictures until Topsy appeared with dust brush in hand.
   Even pictures had to laugh at Topsy, she was so fuuny.
   Clara Faber, it was, and a more perfect imitation of a real little negro girl full of tricks cannot be imagined. 
   Hope was the artist, and if she has any of those pictures for sale no doubt she can get a good price.
   Girls, your old friend could go on and on, and on until his little paper would be more than filled telling how pleased every one was and how well you did your parts, but we have said enough to show that you have carried off the prize of “THE BEST.”
   Now hold it.
   The girls are very grateful for the kindly assistauce given the night of the entertainment by Mr. Given, Henry Kendall, Otto Zotom, Geo. Means and others, and are under great obligations to Miss Nana Pratt, for suggestion and help from the beginning.

January 4, 1889 INDIAN HELPER

    Annie Thomas and Lily Cornelius at Alma College, Mich., are through with Spring examinations and they are not sorry.  Annie's list of "Reluctantly" words reached 519, but she did not quite make the prize.

April 4 1890 Indian Helper

   Annie Thomas is with us again, having arrived from Alma College, Michigan, last Friday evening.  Annie seems so bright, so easy, so lady-like, so altogether removed from the non-English-speaking, timid little creature found in the Pueblo Indian village of Acoma, and from which she was rescued but a few years ago, that the Man-on-the-band-stand is greatly impressed with the change.

June 26, 1891 Indian Helper

Anna Thomas left us suddenly Tuesday midnight for Fredonia, New York, to attend the large normal school at that place. She will have special advantages and we are sure from past experiences that she will use them well.

September 4, 1891 INDIAN HELPER

   Capt. and Mrs. Pratt, Miss Fisher, Miss Burgess, Annie Thomas, Hattie Longwolf, Dennison Wheelock and Samuel Townsend left for Lake Mohonk, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, to attend the great Indian Conference now being held there.

October 9, 1891 INDIAN HELPER

Outing / '92
  Annie Thomas, ex-student of Carlisle who is teaching at Keams Canyon, Arizona, keeps in good spirits and seems full of business. The Moquis have given her a new name - Hoonwishnema Talabenka. Talabenka means sun, she says, but she has not been able to find out the meaning of the first name. She says Acoma, the place from which she herself was taken when quite small, to come to Carlisle, and which she afterwards visited, is degraded enough, but the Moqui villages are worse. She hears that the Moquis are improving but she often wonders what must have been their condition  before. Annie sends Christmas greetings to all her friends.

Dec 23, 1892 INDIAN HELPER

  Mrs. Esther M. Dagenett of the Chilocco school came down from Omaha with, and has been visiting Mrs. Lillibridge for the past ten days. --[Wotanin Kin.
  Mrs. Daganett was Esther Miller when here, and graduated in '89, while Mrs. Lillibridge was Annie Thomas.

August 13, 1897 INDIAN HELPER

   We see by the Genoa "News" that Miss McAdam former teacher here belongs to the Mandolin Club, and that said club was delightfully entertained recently by Mrs. Lillibridge, who was Anna Thomas when a pupil of Carlisle.

December 3, 1897 INDIAN HELPER

 We have a very cheery letter this week from Mrs. Cecelia Londrosh Hermann, of Nebraska, class '89, who evidently allowed her subscription to run out and did not renew as promptly as she desired, for she says: "I cannot exist without the HELPER any longer."  Her family consisting of husband and two children, are well and happy.  They are getting along nicely.  She visited last month Mrs. Annie Thomas Lillibridge, ex-pupil, at Genoa, who is the wife of Genoa's Disciplinarian, and had a very pleasant time.

Mrs. Lillibridge and babe spent two weeks with Mrs. Herman last summer.  She wished to be remembered to friends at Carlisle, whom she says she can never forget.


  A very interesting letter has been received from Annie Thomas Lillibridge, whose husband is one of the corps of workers of the Genoa Nebraska School, and who is editor of the News published at the school.  We all remember Annie Thomas when a pupil with us.  She recently attended the Omaha Exposition and found there a number of our old pupils.  Among others, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Davis, White Buffalo, Jesse Bent, Frank Everett, Joe Stewart, Elsie Springer Baxter, all in attendance upon the Indian Congress, and most of them as interpreters.  She missed by only a few hours seeing Nellie Carey.  Mrs. Lillibridge says that the Genoa brass band played for a few weeks at the Exposition, and won the admiration of the people.  Captain Mercer who is in charge of the Indian Congress spoke of them in the highest terms.

September 30, 1898  INDIAN HELPER

  Mrs. Lilliebridge, wife of Mr. J.G. Lillibridge of the Genoa Nebraska school force was Annie Thomas, when a pupil of Carlisle. Many here now remember her bright face and genial manner.  That she still has a warm place in her heart for her Alma Mater may be inferred from a few extracts taken from a recent breezy and interesting letter.
  She says in part:
  "Nothing would please us better than to visit Carlisle.  'Duty before pleasure' has always prevented.
  I have been out of the service for some time, but my very own 'school' keeps me as busy as my forty or more boys and girls used to."
  In speaking of Miss Edge of Downingtown, with whom Annie lived for a time, she says:
  "Miss Edge has made her own home a small Carlisle.  What pains she has taken with us girls!

December 16, 1898 INDIAN HELPER

  Mrs.Annie Thomas Lillibridge writes that she has changed her address from Putnam N.M., to Denver Col., where she and her husband are engaged in the business of selling Navajo blankets.

June 27, 1902 RED MAN AND HELPER

   Mrs. Anna Thomas Lillibridge is dead, having passed away at Blunt, South Dakota, on Tuesday night January 26th. Anna came to us as a small girl from Acoma, years ago. Soon after her departure from the sschool she married Mr. Lillibridge who has been a devoted husband. In his letter transmitting the sad news he says:
   “My darling wife has passed away. She had been feeling very bad for the past six weeks, but the physician thought that she would stay with us until the spring months. Thie was not to be, and after only three days of being confined to the bed she left us. She was conscious to the last and we talked up to the end. Colonel, she was such a beautifil womanly woman; no better wife or mother ever lived.”
   The death of this loved woman brings a peculiar sadness to our school. Of the many who were with us in the early year, the bright and beautiful face of little Annie, then the kind and gentle young lady and the noble thoughtful student is remembered with fondness. Mr. Lillibridge has the sincere and loving sympathy of every friend of the deceased.

February 5, 1904 RED MAN AND HELPER

bell # | B-530
nara folder # | E1329 E1328B6
2nd folder # | 92 414 284
name | Thomas, Annie
re-enrolled? | NO yes 1/28/1887; 8/24/1884
address | pueblo
parent/guardian | Katchei
nation | Pueblo acoma
blood quantum | f
father | l
mother | l
age at arrival | 9
d.o.b. | 
height | 55
weight | 
gender | f
ARRIVAL: | 2 04 1881
term | 5
departure | 4 21 1892
unknown date: | 03/17/0012
reason | 6/17/1884; 6/22/1886 -- ?; govt position Keams Canyon COLO school
outing patrons | miss e d edge, downingtown / wistar morris over /palmer MD freedonia NJ/ f baily, atlantic city
outing dates | 5 02 1882
outing dates | 9 18 1883 (edge?)
death | deceased by 1905
notes | m. Lillibridge
photo? | NO
ran away? | No
to country 1 | 5 12 1885 (morris?)
to country 2 | 9 01 1891 (palmer?)
to country 3 | 6 07 1888 (baily?)
from country 1 | 5 11 1886
from country 2 | 2 23 1892
from country 3 | 9 20 1888


Bennie Thomas, one of our printer boys on a farm, writes that he is learning how to plow. "The first day I plowed I was very tired he says, the second time I wasn't very tired, but my hands were sore I could hardly hold anything, but, they are getting hard now."


  We were pleased to hear from Bennie Thomas this week - one of our printers now on a farm in Bucks County. He is with David Turkey. The people with whom they live are very kind, he says.  Bennie sees Benajah nearly every Sunday, and he says they often talk about the Printing Office.
June 8, 1888 INDIAN HELPER

  Ben Thomas has returned from his place on a Bucks County farm with an excellent record, and we are glad to have his help again in the printing-office.
July 6, 1888 INDIAN HELPER

          Camp Items.

   On Monday a few of the boys caught some very good sized fish.
   Crazyhead visited the ore-banks and went under ground 1,200 feet. He was greatly surprised and said "Heap good."
   0n Monday, Ben Thomas, one of the printers, led the list of berry pickers. The other printers were up to the average.
   Dr. Stewart paid the camp a visit last Friday.
   Snakes are more plentiful. The dry weather is bringing them off the mountain to water.
   Charlie Dagnett has killed six snakes.
   The school band came up Saturday afternoon and attended a country festival given about two miles from here, they reported having a fine time and lots of good things to eat.
   Paradise Island, south of camp is a very cool and pleasant nook.
   A teepee in the center of camp, built in regular Indian fashion was put up by Wm. Bull and Alex Yellowman.
   Six printers, Samuel Townsend, Ben Thomas, Joe Harris, Henry Phillips, Yamie Leeds, and Chas. Wheelock came out to spend Sunday in camp.
   Misses Ely, Patterson, Marion Pratt, and Burgess, and Messrs. Goodyear and Edward McFadden were there over Sunday.
   Little Irene Campbell came to camp to stay with her papa while her mamma went to Lancaster for a day or two. WATCH DOG.

  August 3, 1888 INDIAN HELPER

   Our morning foreman, Ben Thomas, is a little under tbe weather. Too much Christmas, perhaps.
January 4, 1889 INDIAN HELPER

   Ben Thomas takes Charles Dagnette’s place as mail carrier for the nine o'clock mail. Ben is a boy who can always be relied upon when given important duty to perform.
March 29, 1889 INDIAN HELPER

  To the Man-On-The-Band-Stand:
  DEAR SIR: Though you were not so widely known in the earlier years of Carlisle School as you are today, yet I opine you have always been interested in everything, however small that was done there, and I wish to recall to your remembrance a little occurance of 1881.
  It is that of the printing in the EADLE KEATAH TOH of December in that year a short article telling of a Picture Gallery that had been opened at the Barracks.
  (The RED MAN was once called "Eadle Keatah Toh.")
  The writer the article expressed admira-

tion of the pictures as exhibited for truthful resentatives of the objects painted even 'Though Hogarth might have been disgusted at the absence of his ‘Line of Beauty,‘ and Titian deplored the lack of knowledge of the art of coloring, shown by the artists.
   How true to real life was that of the chase of jack rabbits, the writer did not know till recently.
   On reading Mrs. Lew Wallace’s book entitled "The Land of the Pueblos" she learned that the Pueblo boy (Bennie Thomas, was it not, my friend?) who drew that picture, was giving a sketch of an amusement that had been his special delight in his home life, instead of drawing upon his imagination as she had always supposed.
   That picture with others described in the article mentioned has been safely kept in a portfolio and often drawn out to prove the native talent for art possessed by Carlisle pupils.
   Today, the chase of the Jack Rabbits for its historical value stands foremost and it is suggested, if Mrs. Wallace brings out a new edition of her "Land of the Pueblos" she might consider the picture an addition to its pages as an illustration of the sports she describes that people as enjoying, with those long-eared animals.
Home in Iowa,
Feb. 28, 1889

May 15, 1889 INDIAN HELPER

   The Invincible Literary Society organized last Thursday evening with seventy-one members. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year. President: Chester Cornelius; Vice-President: Dennison Wheelook; Secretary: Howard Logan; Treasurer: Henry S. Bear; Sergeant-at-arms: Peter Cornelius; Reporter: Ben Thomas; Critic: Mr. Campbell. Committees of three on finance, schedule, and question, with Dennison Wheelock, Percy Zadoka, and Henry S. Bear, as respective chairmen, were also elected.
   The other society among the boys, the Standard Debating, will organize soon.
October 4, 1889 INDIAN HELPER

Roger Silas, Abraham Hill, Emaunuel Powless, Isabella Cornelius, Maggie Thomas [Oneida] and
Louisa King arrived from Oneida this week. They are all old pupils. Having spent some
time at home they wrote urgent letters to return to the school. They were telegraphed
tickets aud came unescorted. So much for Carlisle pluck.

September 23, 1892 INDIAN HELPER


Mrs. Maria Marmon, known when a pupil with us as Maria Annallo, arrived yesterday with twelve pupils from Laguna, New Mexico-7 girls and 5 boys. In the party were Effie Marmon, and a sister of Miss Mary Bailey, who was born since Miss Mary started to school. Perry Tsamawa who went home recently also returned with them, and George Pradt, nephew of Ben Thomas, is in the party.

August 28, 1896 INDIAN HELPER