People on horseback & in wagons, driving herds of ponies and wearing the blanket, are streaming by to the old Sundance ground. …There are 32 dayschool teachers and their wives here, and they are almost as interesting as Indians. Scattered out for thirty, forty, fifty miles each in his own little village. They need fellowship. One has an Indian wife and a greenhouse, another is a devoted collector of folklore, another an Englishman, another a great grandson of Tecumseh, &c. I am to circulate over a circle about fifty miles in diameter. I have been offered the use of a span of ponies & two riding ponies & think I shall try the latter and a man’s saddle. …I am in a hurry to get off to see the people for Agency life has little inspiration in it. …I don’t like dirt, bugs, bad meals, heat, &c. any more than other folks, but I do like to “see the wheels go round.” I enjoy mixing with folks not just like everyone else. I enjoy their conversation.
~ Annie Beecher Scoville, writing to her parents from South Dakota,
while working for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, June 30, 1901.
(Excerpt of letter in the collection of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Beecher Family Papers, MS 71)