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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1905
Part I ([1905])

Reports of superintendents of independent schools,   pp. 415-440 PDF (11.7 MB)


Page 415

REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS. 
REPORT OF SCHOOL AT RICE STATION, ARIZONA. 
TALKLAI, ARIZ., August 26, 1905. 
This is a bonded school upon the San Carlos Reservation, half a mile fromthe
railroad, with a capacity of 200 pupils. It was filled to the limit of its
capacity 
during the past year. 
The grounds are tastefully laid out, with trees and grass and walks. 
The buildings are as follows: Superintendent's cottage, stone; employees'
building, stone; girls' home, adobe; mess hall, stone; boys' home, adobe;
hos- 
pital, stone; school building, adobe;' barn and corral, lumber; shop, stone;
commissary, stone; boiler house and ice plant, stone; other small houses
of 
lumber and adobe. 
The school is lighted by gasoline gas, which is not satisfactory. 
The farm, comprising about 50 acres, is planted in garden, orchard, and 
alfalfa. It is supplied with irrigation water from the San Carlos River.
The 
usual quantities of farm products were raised, such as hay, vegetables, fruit,
milk, butter, and eggs. We expect to put the irrigation ditches in good repair
and do better farming next year. 
The school stock is composed of 7 horses, about 30 head of cattle, mostly
milch cows and calves, and hogs and chickens. 
Fire destroyed the mess hall in December, but it is being rebuilt of stone.
The schoolroom work has been good, and the children in many respects show
good training in the school room. 
The trades, such as engineer and carpenter, have been well taught and reflect
credit upon those in charge. The industrial departments in which the girls
receive instruction-as, for instance, the kitchen, housework, sewing, and
laundry work-have been managed with unusual ability. 
The environment of the school has not been good for the children or the 
employees on account of drunkenness and disorderly conduct among the Indians
in our immediate vicinity, but I am sure that the Department will remove,
speedily and permanently, this obstruction to the school's progress. 
J. S. PERKINS, Superintendent. 
REPORT OF SCHOOL AT GREENVILLE, CAL. 
GREENVILLE, CAL., October 12, 1905. 
The total enrollment for the year was 98; average attendance, 81. Fifteen
pupils were transferred during the year to larger schools. Two runaways are
recorded and two pupils were dismissed for misconduct. The outlook for the
coming year promises a full attendance, the present enrollment being much
greater than that usual at this time. In this connection it is well to note
that 
while the capacity of the school has usually been reported as 100, an actual
measurement of the dormitory space shows that such a number would crowd 
the school beyond the limits of comfort and safety. 
Schoolroom work.-In this department the work has been conducted satis- 
factorily, notwithstanding the fact that it was cut short by the furlough
occurring in May. 
Industrial.-The school has but few facilities for industrial training, never-
theless the work done was creditable. The garden received something of a
setback by the furlough of the industrial teacher at a critical time, still
it 
yielded abundantly. We are greatly in need of a small farm, and I hope the
office will soon take up the question of purchasing one. 
Water supply.-During the winter the water supply is adequate and of excel-
lent quality, and in the summer it usually meets all requirements. The past


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