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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I

Reports of superintendents of independent schools,   pp. 415-440 PDF (11.7 MB)

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winter, however, was unusually mild, and as but little snow collected on
mountains north of the school, whence the water is derived, the supply has
meager. It is contemplated next spring to enlarge the present reservoir and,
if possible, to construct another storage reservoir for irrigation purposes.
Buildings and inprovements.-The present school and dormitory building is
in need of painting, and the chimneys are very much in need of repair. Also
there are a few interior repairs needed. 
The most crying need of the school has long been a suitable place to isolate
and care for the sick, and I am happy to report that this need has at last
recognized by the Department and the recognition expressed in the authoriza-
tion of a frame hospital, which is now under way and will shortly be completed.
After the hospital, the school is next most in need of a bath house, the
facilities for bathing at present being afforded by the laundry and wash
A suitable building could be constructed at small cost. 
Other needs.-A system of electric lighting would be a welcome and marked
improvement over the present coal-oil system, as well as a long stride in
direction of safety from fire. It is believed that a suitable plant, to be
by water power, of which there will be sufficient when the reservoir is enlarged,
could be installed for a few hundred dollars. 
Health.-The health of the school has been poor. There were four deaths at
the school during the year, all occasioned by tuberculosis, and five pupils
returned home afflicted with the same malady. Two of these have since died.
This high death rate was, I believe, due more to carelessness in admitting
retaining unhealthy children than to any insanitary condition of the plant.
The school was also visited by a mild epidemic of variola, 17 cases occurring,
none of which were fatal. 
Employees.---Since I assumed charge of the school, on March 9, the employees
have been faithful and loyal, and have worked together for the general good
the school. 
In conclusion I have to say that while the location of the school and the
tions surrounding it are far from ideal, it is still accomplishing considerable
good, and I believe will continue to do so. I am glad to note that the Office
considering the advisibility of putting a field matron in this locality.
Indians hereabouts have received but little aid or encouragement from the
ernment, many of them are needy, and I feel sure that a competent field matron
will domuch good among them. 
Superintendent and Physician. 
RIVERSIDE, CAL., August 31, 1905. 
The average attendance for the school year was 505; enrollment, 722. 1 have
had no difficulty in maintaining the attendance to the utmost capacity of
school. In fact, we have refused a great many children who applied for 
entrance. I do not think, however, it is policy to enlarge this school to
a greater 
number than 500. 
There has been a great improvement in the appearance of the plant during
past year, and its efficiency has also been improved. 
The industrial work of both sexes has been carried on energetically, and
pupils advanced accordingly. The plant is now composed of twenty-six build-
ings, and when the new shop building is finished we will be thoroughly equipped
for good work. At the present time temporary quarters are being used for
various trades. The girls' industrial building has been the means of assisting
in the training of girls greatly. 
The farm has been well handled, furnishing the school with an abundance of
vegetables and farm products. 
The outing system has been practiced, and we have been unable to supply the
The general health of the pupils has been good, although in the fall of the
year we were troubled with some sickness. We have been handicapped, how-
ever, owing to the fact of not having our hospital completed. It is now finished
a nd in use, 
H~Aw~oOD WELL, Superintendent, 

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