into better and more comfortable homes; more of the children into better schools; the old people into happy days with their pipe dream; and all toward better health, higher ideals, and greater personal effort.
The paper was a booster of Indian "progress." Green printed news concerning former students of the agency school, the mission at the agency, the Sac and Fox schools, individuals, and former employees. Articles dealt with farming, Indian Service personnel, and temperance.
Green did not edit the paper very long. That fall he was transferred to the agency at Lower Brule, South Dakota, where he established the Brule Rustler a few months later. A year after that, he established the Indian Scout* at the Shawnee Indian School and Agency in Oklahoma. 1
Dr. Robert L. Russell, a native of the District of Columbia and former agency physician at Anadarko, Oklahoma, replaced Green as superintendent at Toledo. As editor of the Booster, he continued as Green had begun. He established regular columns for news of the local scene, the schools, persons, and the mission. After a sanitorium was built at the agency in 1914, he added a column for the inmates and staff. A regular column called "Boosters" contained news of individuals who worked hard, accomplished difficult tasks, made money-- in short, "progressed." Another regular column was called "Booze," in which he reported accidents related to the use of alcohol, the capture and prosecution of buyers and sellers, and, at times, the names of Indians who were seen drinking or were caught intoxicated. Russell was almost as zealous in his anti-tobacco and anti-peyote campaigns.
Feature articles dealt with such topics as Indian Service officials, agriculture, Fox history, tuberculosis, fairs, prominent Indians, and health. Russell also reprinted important policy statements and reports of Bureau of Indian Affairs officials and reported the deliberations of the local tribal council.
How long The Mesquakie Booster continued is uncertain, but it probably ceased in the summer of 1917. Throughout its history, its format remained the same, and it was illustrated by photographs.
Bibliography: The Native American, June 7, 1913
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: DSI-BAE
Title and Title Changes: The Mesquakie Booster ( 1913-1917)
Volume and Issue Data: The Mesquakie Booster (Vol. 1, No. 1, May, 1913-Vol. 4, No. 9. June. 1917)