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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the commissioner of Indian affairs, for the year 1884
([1884])

Reports of agents in Idaho,   pp. 63-70 PDF (3.8 MB)


Page 63

REPORTS OF AGENTS IN IDAHO.                                  63 
them than are found in the same latitude among 'the whites. The disease from
which 
they suffer most is of a scrofulous character. 
During the last fiscal year there were 53 deaths reported, of which 30 were
males 
and 23 females; over 5 years of age, 27 males and 22 females; under 5,3 males
and 1 
female. It is with great difficulty that the exact number of deaths can be
ascer- 
tained; so difficult, in fact, that these figures cannot be relied upon.
Many Indian& 
carefully conceal the deaths of their children, as when ascertained there
is one less 
in the family to draw rations. It can hardly be supposed that not more than
four 
children died during the last year in a population of 1,786. There were 96
birth& 
during the year, of which 55 were males and 41 females. 
CENSUS AND SCHOOLS. 
There are Indians at this agency, as shown by the census just completed,
as follows: 
Number of males above 18 years of age 456; number of females above 14 years
of age, 
591; school children between the ages of 6 and 16, 375; total number, including
all 
ages, 1,786. About 1,000 of these wear citizens' dress. 
Number of school-houses at and connected with the agency, 5. Number of schools
in 
operation, 5. Number of pupils who have attended the White Swan Mission day
school 
one month or more during the year, 43; Agency Mission day school, 42. Number
of 
pupils attending Saint Paul's boarding school one month or more during the
year, 45. 
The Selwyn day school was in operation but 20 days during the entire year.
Total at- 
tendance during that time, 17. During its session W. T. Selwyn was employed
as 
teacher, at a salary of $420 per annum. The Ree day school was in operation
74 
months, with a total attendance one month or more of 24. Alfred Smith was
em- 
ployed as teacher, at a salary of $420 per annum. The industrial boarding
school has 
been in operation during the entire year, with a total attendance for one
mouth or 
more of 85. There were employed in this school during the year: 
/*       I Aunual 
Name.                                Occupation.        salary. 
C. D. Bon  (resigned) .........................................  Superintendent
.............  $900 
Ed. K. Dawes ------------------------- ---.---------------------- - do .....................
 900 
Anna E. Boone .................................       Teacher  ....................
 . . 600 
Ella  V. Oviatt ...............................................  ..... do
 . ................. 600 
John  R. W inters ................ ........................  Industrial teacher
........... .  480 
Ella  Simpson  .. .............................................  Seamstress
. ................  420 
Sarah J. Ridpath (resigned) ..................................  Matron  .....................
 500 
Sarah  Bereman  ..................................................... do
 .....................  500 
Alice Congleton  (resigned) ....................................  Cook  .......................
 360 
Rachel Hornstra ................................................... do  .....................
 360 
Lizzie W hitelatch  (resigned) ..................................  Laundress
..................  360 
Alice Congleton  (resigned) ......................................... do
 ................-.....  360 
M innie Bonen ....................................................... do
 .....................  360 
The total number attending the schools at this agency for one month or more
dur- 
ing the year is 239. 
The Government schools, in consideration of the number of teachers and cost,
do 
not show as large attendance as they should. More effort will be made in
the fut- 
ure to impress upon the Indians the obligations they are under by virtue
of their 
treaty stipulations to send their children to school. The boarding and day
schools 
should be well filled for nine months in the year, and as the Indians have
obligated 
themselves to send their children for this length of time each year, it is
believed if 
they are properly urged that they will do so. The educational provisions
of the treaty 
should be enforced. 
I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant, 
J. F. KINNEY, 
Indian Agent. 
The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. 
FORT HALL AGENCY. 
Ross Fork, Idaho, August 20, 1884. 
SIR : I have the honor to submit the following annual report for 1884 : 
This reservation is located in the southeastern part of Idaho Territory,
and extends 
from Blackfoot River south 60 miles, averaging nearly 40 miles wide. It contains
1,202,330 acres. By treaty dated May 14, 1880, the Indians agreed to cede
the south- 
ern portion of the reservation, containing about 325,000 acres, to the United
States.. 


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