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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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Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent. 
REPORTS CONCERNING           INDIANS IN      ARIZONA.            143 
made. A garden of about 8 acres has been cultivated, but owing to the extremely
dry weather early in the season and the heavy rains the latter part of July
and the 
first of August the outlook for a good crop is poor. 
Needs of the school.-The dining-room building should be enlarged so as to
increase the capacity from 140 to 250, 240 pupils having been accommodated
at one 
time during the year. By this improvement needed dining-room and kitchen
for pupils and employees and rooms for employees would be provided. A school
building containing five class rooms and an assembly hall, a hospital building,
and a 
dormitory should be erected. A complete sewer system, heating and electric-light
plants should be installed. Land for a*school farm should be obtained and
land fenced. 
Authority has been granted to build a two-story frame barn 112 by 36 feet
school, and to convert the old agency barn into blacksmith and carpenter
for the agency employees, thus leaving the agency shop for the use of the
carpenter and shoemaker. These improvements will enable us to give the boys
needed training. 
During the year we were visited by Supervisor Charles, Inspectors Churchill
Chubbuck, and have recently been visited by Inspector Code and Supervisor
son. Such visits will, no doubt, result in much good to the Indians and schools.
In conclusion, I desire to thank the Department for kind consideration and
port, and the employees, both agency and school, for loyal and efficient
Very respectfully submitted.. 
REUBEN PERRY, Superintendent. 
TOHATCHI, N. MEX., August 10, 1904. 
SIR: I have the honor to submit my annual report of the Little Water Boarding
School for the year 
ended June 30, 1904. 
Attendance.-There were 178 pupils enrolled during the year, and the average
attendance was 95. 
The capacity of the school until January 1 was 80. Our new dining-room building
was by that time 
completed and the capacity increased to 125. The school was filled to its
utmost capacity during the 
entire year. 
Transfers.-During the year 29 pupils were transferred to nonreservation schools.
Sanitary.-We have hadvery little sickness the past year, but of the few cases
2 have died. 
Buildings and repairs.-A frame barn 32 by 60 feet, with modern conveniences,
is in process of con- 
struction. A frame laundry 16 by 36 was completed, with the exception of
doors and windows, but 
was recently consumed by fire. Four water-closets have been built. Porches
are being erected to 
boys' and girls' dormitories and to the dining-room building. The boys' dormitory
and the stone 
building used for employees' quarters have had the walls raised to proper
heights, gables built, and 
their unsightly dirt roofs replaced by metal shingles. The change and improvements
have added 
much to the appearance of the plant, as well as to protect the buildings.
They were in danger of 
being damaged greatly by the heavy rains, which invariably come during July
and August. The 
entire ceiling in the dining room has been lathed and plastered, and all
the other buildings were 
plastered where they needed it, and were put in good rep?.air during the
Improvements needed.-An assembly hall and school building should be allo;wed
at an early date, as 
this is an urgent necessity. A steam laundry is also one of the urgent needs
of the school, and when 
the laundry building is rebuilt machinery should be installed. The system
of heating the buildings 
by wood stoves is very unsatisfactory. The large boys are kept busy most
of the time cutting wood 
when they should be doing work that would be instructive. I earnestly recommend
that a steam 
plant be installed. The school is lighted by kerosene lamps, and in my opinion
a more modern sys- 
tem of lighting should be furnished. We are very much in need of a warehouse;
the present one is 
a very poorly constructed frame building and is entirely too small. There
should by all means be * 
sanitary closets in the buildings. 
The water supply is inadequate and was entirely exhausted before school closed
in June. Author- 
ity has been granted to enlarge the present well. We have been unable to
have a garden so far, owing 
to the scarcity of water. The lack of it has greatly retarded the progress
of the school, and it is to be 
earnestly hoped that something will be done which will give us a sufficient
quantity. We need a larger 
tank, the capacity of the present one being but 50 barrels. The tower that
supports it is not safe and 
is liable to fall at any time. Some means of fire protection should be provided
at once. 
On June 17 the school met with a severe loss in the destruction by fire of
the pump house (containing 
gasoline engine), the laundry, and the new laundry building, which was in
course of erection. 
Conlusion.-In conclusion, I must say that by your untiring efforts in the
short time you have been 
in charge of affairs here the school has made greater progress than in many
years past. Words fail to 
express my gratitude and appreciation of your support and cooperation and
of the marked interest 
you have shown in the welfare of the school. 
To the excellent corps of employees great praise is due for their earnest,
energetic work. To you 
and to them is the success of the school the past year largely due. 
Very respectfully,                                EMMA DR VORE, Superiild,

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