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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 concerning Indians in Oregon,   pp. 323-328 PDF (2.8 MB)


Page 327

REPORTS CONCERNING INDIANS IN OREGON.                   327 
in this valley, because hauling lumber 10 miles or more over the hills is
expen- 
sive. 
Statistics on the usual blank accompany this report. It is to be regretted
that so many of the figures in regard to produce of Indian allotments are
esti- 
mates. 
The Siletz training school had a quite successful session. There were six
different teachers during the year. One of them, a full blood Siletz Indian,
was most successful. One of great promise came from the East, but, unfor-
tunately, was called home, after having been here five days, by death of
a 
member of the family, and did not return. It was not till May that a perma-
nent teacher was secured. The position is a difficult one to fill, with so
many 
grades and classes. John C. Foley has recently been installed in the position
of teacher, at $600. One other position, that of cook, was not permanently
filled till April. Five or six appointees refused. 
After four years with a contract physician, who made periodical visits about
once each week, the agency has returned to a permanent physician, at, compara-
tively small additional expense. This will be an advantage to the school.
During the year 14 pupils from our agency list were transferred to the Salem
school, which is 15 per cent of the school population. Most of them, however,
were transferred late in the year, so that this factor was not. of much help
to 
said -school this year. Six others spent the whole year there. Several young
men have given considerable trouble running away. 
The school farm is a fine tract of 200 acres, mostly alluvial and without
timber. The fences, many of them, are in sad need of repair. Cedar for 
posts is scarce in the vicinity; none on the adjacent forest reserves. Fortu-
nately, a few Indians have cedar, which we can have delivered at a fair price.
Many of the older fences are rail, and will soon have to give way to something
more modern. Thirty acres were broken up and sown to oats rather late in
the spring, but a favorable season has insured a splendid crop. The school
garden was well attended, but, owing to poor and worn-out soil, yielded a
scanty return. 
Most of the buildings of school and agency are good and in good repair. The
cow barn is a poor affair, and plans are in contemplation for its relief.
My 
predecessor moved the agent's dwelling to the school grounds. This is an
excellent structure and quite a comfort for two school employees. 
The village of Siletz has been somewhat improved in appearance, but is still
in need of extensive repairs. The Methodist church and parsonage have been
painted. More paint is needed on the traders' stores. There are three mer-
chants as against four last season; still about one too many for the trade.
KNOTT C. EGBERT, Superintendent. 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT IN CHARGE OF UMATILLA AGENCY. 
PENDLETON, OREG., August 18, 1905. 
The school has been in good hands for a number of years, but on account of
an unfortunate condition of affairs, well known to your office, was not in
a pros- 
perous or wholesome state when I took charge, November 12, 1905. The enroll-
ment was low and the buildings badly in need of repairs. I succeeded in 
raising the enrollment of the school to 108, and found by canvassing that
every 
child of school age attended either tjie Government Indiaft Industrial School,
the Kate Drexel Catholic Institute, or some of the Catholic or public schools
adjacent to the reservation. 
Schoolroom work.-The schoolroom work has been very good. It would have 
been much better had one teacher remained in charge during the entire year.
I find transfers in this department, unless made for cause, very detrimental
to progress when made in the middle of the term, although each teacher may
be 
equally good, as it takes Indian pupils some time to accommodate themselves
to 
the change. 
Sewing room. -The work in this department has been excellent. 
Kitchen.-The kitchen work and management have been very satisfactory. 
The food has been abundant and well cooked. The girls have been taught to
to make excellent light bread and to prepare an appetizing meal. 
Laundry-The work in this department has been very good. 
Farming.-This has been made the chief feature of industrial work during 


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