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MR. RICHARD ATSO RETIRES AFTER MANY YEARS OF
Mr. Richard Atso's first job was herd
ing sheep for liis parents as a hoy grow
ing op in the Navajo Reservation.
Now retiring from the Government
service after 47 years of "foil days"
since his first appointment as Assistant
Blacksmith at the Northern N a va j o
Agency in Shiprock, New Mexico.
The initiative, energy and self reli
ance he possessed then, made him one
of the first students enrolled in the
Shiprock Boarding Schools.
Looking back over the long trail from
his first job of herding sheep and goats,
through various jobs in the United
States Indian Service. Missionary work
and the United States Navq Mr. At
so likes to tell of the friendly guidance
he got from the Government Officials
aling the way. ‘ Dick", as he is affec
tionally called by his many friends and
associates made his own way. Nothing
was handed to him. Nothing came easy.
He wouldn’t have wanted it am differ
ent. All he has ever asked is the oppor
tunities of a free man in a free country.
His home and community could not
hold him. Mr. Richard At so came into
this world in a Hogan surrounded by
the mountains and the red cliffs in a
small community known as Red Rock,
After completing his education in
THE NAVAJO TIMES
t h e Government Boarding School, he
received his first appointment in the fall
of 1913 as Assistant Blacksmith. His
assignments w ere repairing wagons,
shoeing horses, m u 1 es, and burros as
well as welding with forge, anvil, ham
mer and j) generous amount of muscles.
The first Superintendent of the North
ern Navajo Agency. Mr. William Shel
ton commented Dick in his annual re
port as “a splended employee."
His next appointment in the summer
of 1916 was Assistant Engineer under
the supervision of Sam Young. Agency
Engineer who also commented him as
“bright and willing. The successor to
Superintendent William Shelton. Mr.
Evan W. Estop, Supt., was also quite
impressed with Dick’s ability and con
duct as a Government Employee. He
comemnted Dick as “a faithful employ
ee and n e v e r fails to respond when
called upon for extra duties."
Dick was baptized in the Presbyterian
faith and in the fall of 1919 he an
swered the call to serve the Church. He
served one year as a field Missionary
interpreter under the supervision of Dr.
Snyder. Their travels required horse
back riding and occasionally bv team
and wagon depending on the nature of
work and weather conditions.
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Two young men from this subagency,
Alphonso John, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ben John, student at Serman Institute
and Jimmy Tom, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Etsitty Bitsui of Pinon have been selec
ted by their respective schools to attend
the Naional Boy Scout Jamboree to be
held at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
July 22 to July 28, this summer. It is
anticipated that there will be about 50,-
000 boy scouts from many countries.
The experiences to be gained from this
attendance will be long lived by these
two very deserving young men.
The 4-H activities are gaining me
mentum. The Cattle Raisers Club is still
growing with four calves now and three*
more on the way in. This club will at
tend a calf judging contest in Springer
ville, Arizona, Saturday. April 2, 1960.
All of the clubs are making plans an 1
looking forward to the 4-H Day to be*
held at Chinle on June 1, 1960. Clubs
from many parts of the Navajo Reserva
tion will show their wares and other ac
complishments on that date.
For many years this community has
not enjoyed the many modern conven
iences available in other communities.
However, during recent months many
of these things have become reality. The
latest is the installation of steet lights;
are we getting too civilized?
Recent Wool School and Demonstra
tions in this subagency by the Branch
of Land Operations have been well re
ceived and well attended. The school ,
were held at Chinle, Pinon and Luka
JOHN I). WALLACE
Patients in the Crownpoint Hospital
even those to far from home to see thei:
relatives often, have visitors every Tues
day and Thursday nights.
In the children's w a r d the visitors
who are members of the Crownpoin
Hospital Auxiliary, arrive with toys
books, phonograph records, crayons, an
so forth. They hold the children who an
allowed to be taken from their bed
plav records, read stories, and even si
on the floor with their young playmate
and help make block houses, put puzzle
together, pull toy trucks, or whateve?
their young friends want to do.
A n d when the visitors leave, th*
children are tucked into bed with a sol
stuffed kitten, or a toy horse, or a pm
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