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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part I

Reports concerning Indians in Arizona,   pp. 131-155 PDF (12.5 MB)

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136         REPORTS CONCERNING           INDIANS IN      ARIZONA. 
tell what they did with the clothes or who took them: this is another difficult
example to be met in 
the training of adult Indians by field matrons. There has been made at the
field matron's quarters 
during the year the following clothing: Two aprons, 21 chemises, 12 curtains,
69 dresses, 4 night dresses, 
2 skirts, 35 towels, 20 union suits, 13 waists. In the issue of this clothing
I have exercised my best 
I join in the recommendation of the superintendent and Supervisor Dickson
that a home of charity 
should be established at or near this agency for Indians who are wholly dependent;
in this way they 
could be protected. This home should have a few acres of land for a garden.
There are no religious services held except Sunday school, which is maintained
throughout the 
year at the school; this is conducted either by the missionary or by the
superintendent. Also religious 
exercises, consisting of songs and instructive talks, are maintained at the
school each Sunday evening. 
Very few of the old Indians attend these meetings, the cause being that they
do not understand the 
English language. 
RACHEL McGHIE, Field Matron. 
Mohave City, Ariz., August 8, 1904. 
SIR: I have the honor to submit the annual report of the Fort Mohave Indian
School for the fiscal year 1904: 
History.-Thus far in the history of this school there have been but few changes
in superintendents. The first superintendent was in charge from 1890 to 1896;
second superintendent, from 1896 to 1903; and the third, from March 17, 1903,
the present time. It required several years for the school to become well
and to gain the confidence and good will of the Indians, but during the latter
part of 
the history of this school its influence upon the Indians has been marked,
and the 
fruits of the labor expended are quite apparent. Adults as well as minors
have made 
rapid intellectual advancement. The former have taken their places in the
ranks on the railroads, in the car shops, and in the mines, with credit and
profit to 
themselves and the Department. While the latter, who left the school prior
to 1903, 
did not receive the full benefit of the school course-leaving for various
sich as age, sickness, marriage, etc.-even these, as a rule, are found to-day
the more progressive, and are strong advocates of education for the young,
and are, 
themselves, ambitious to make progress in civilized ways. 
Graduates.-Five young men completed the school course last year, and during
past year have been doing creditable work, one as an assistant to the Presbyterian
-missionary at Needles, one as an assistant to a forfner pupil who is acting
as a mis- 
sionary to his tribe under the auspices of the church of the Nazarene; the
other young men have had steady employment in the machine shops of the Santa
Company at Needles. The class of 1904 consisted of 7 members-5 male and 2
Since the close of the past school year the young men have had employment
in the 
Santa Fe shops at Needles, and the young women have been employed in homes
Los Angeles, Cal. 
Literary work.-The completion of the school course by the class of 1903 had
excellent effect upon the pupils in the lower grades. It inspired them with
an ambi- 
tion to do satisfactory work that they, too, might have the honor of completing
school course in due time. During the past -fiscal year all of the teachers
did very 
creditable and conscientious work, both in the regular day classes and in
the special 
work, such as evening classes, special day exercises, Sunday school, etc.
Industrial work.--While not neglecting the literary training of the pupils,
the matter 
of their industrial training in practical lines has been constantly kept
ain view. As 
many of the larger girls as could be spared from the institutional work have
as outing pupils in good homes in Los Angeles, Cal., from which experience
have received incalculable benefit. The girls at the school have received
good train-- 
ing in the various branches of household duties that are taught in Indian
The time of the larger boys has been thoroughly occupied in the work of the
and in the various mechanical departments. A large amount of labor of very
tical educational value has been performed, to wit: New cement floor in laundry;
interior of girls' dormitory, two employees' cottages and office renovated
by plastering, 
painting, etc.; 150,000 shingles put on roof; 40,000 brick manufactured;
20,000 brick 
laid in new chimneys and foundation walls; kitchen and dining room fitted
up for 
employees' mess; system of water pipes put in for irrigation of trees and
lawns direct 
from river; boiler arches rebuilt; centrifugal pump and ice-making machinery
repaired; new engine, washer, and centrifugal wringer installed in laundry;
new range 
installed in kitchen; old kitchen range repaired for use in domestic science
12 settees manufactured for use on porches; 10 fire ladders, numerous tables,
cupboards, etc., manufactured; 1 freighting boat built; 75 cords of wood
made; lawns 

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