“I am sometimes asked to state my ‘goals and ambitions in writing.’ I suppose I have only one: to discover truth and publish it.”
Angie Debo was born in Kansas and came to a farm near Marshall, Oklahoma, with her parents and brother in a covered wagon in 1899. She attended rural one-room schools and received a diploma at age twelve in 1902. At age sixteen, she began teaching in rural schools at Logan and Garfield counties near Marshall and finally was able to receive her high school diploma in the first graduating class at Marshall in 1913. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1918 and took up historical writing under the influence of Edward Everett Dale. She served as principal of North Enid (1918-1919) and was a history teacher at Enid High School (1919-1923). She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in 1924 and received her Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1933. She was the curator of maps with the library staff at Oklahoma State University and served there until her retirement in 1955. Her outstanding contributions as an author include such works as And Still the Waters Run (1940), A History of the Indians of the United States (1970), and Oklahoma, Foot-Loose and Fancy-Free (1949).
In her autobiographical sketch, Angie Debo wrote, “I attended rural one-room schools…and received a common school diploma at the age of twelve (1902)…Marshall finally worked up to a four-year high school and I graduated with the first class in 1913, at the advanced age of twenty-three.”
Debo came with her parents to a farm in Marshall, Oklahoma Territory, on November 8, 1899.