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)
REUBEN PERRY, 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 space 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 grazing land fenced. Authority has been granted to build a two-story frame barn 112 by 36 feet for school, and to convert the old agency barn into blacksmith and carpenter shops for the agency employees, thus leaving the agency shop for the use of the school carpenter and shoemaker. These improvements will enable us to give the boys much needed training. During the year we were visited by Supervisor Charles, Inspectors Churchill and Chubbuck, and have recently been visited by Inspector Code and Supervisor Dick- 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 sup- port, and the employees, both agency and school, for loyal and efficient work. Very respectfully submitted.. REUBEN PERRY, Superintendent. The COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF LITTLE WATER SCHOOL. 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 winter, 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, ent.
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