The Caddo Herald
February 6, 1914
Bloomfield Academy Burned
Bloomfield Academy, located fifteen miles south the Durant, was burned late Saturday afternoon. It was one of the first Indian schools established in the old Indian Territory for Chickasaw girls. The building was completely destroyed. There was but the one main building so that the school in all probability will suspend operations until suitable quarters are found. There were 85 young women attending the institution and all escaped, but most of them lost their wardrobes.
An aunt of Senator Gere is president of the school. For many years previous to statehood Bloomfield was the leading school for Indian girls in the Indian Territory and there are thousands of graduates of that institution living throughout Oklahoma. Former Governor Douglas Johnson of the Chickasaw Nation was superintendent for many years and later E. B. Henshaw, who is president of the Broken Arrow agriculture school, was in charge. The building was of frame construction and the fire is supposed to have originated from a defective flue- the entire roof being on fire when discovered.
Later: An 18-year-old orphan girl, a pupil of the school, has confessed that she set the building on fire.