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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)

Page 440

440       REPORTS     OF THE    DEPARTMENT        OF THE     INTERIOR. 
Returned students.-In regard to returned Indians we quote from       the
of Miss Cora M. Folsom, who is in charge of their correspondence: 
Our returned Indian students now number 692 living; 88 are graduates of the
department and 22 are postgraduates in some branch of work. 
The records of returned students, including all the pupils ever entered as
students, varies very little from the former figures : Excellent, 164; good,
338; fair, 140; 
poor, 41; bad, 9. Excluding all those who were returned to their homes before
expiration of one year, the figures make a much better showing and are more
just to the 
average Hampton student. They read: Excellent, 159; good, 287; fair, 114;
poor, 28; 
bad, 7. Of those who have actually graduated the rating is still higher,
while of those 
who have been in earnest enough to take a postgraduate course there is but
one unfor- 
tunate (a boy) to record. 
This year I sent out with my annual letter a blank asking many questions
in regard to 
the domestic, industrial, and social life of each student. To my surprise
about 200 of 
these blanks have been filled out and returned to me and about 130 letters
have been 
received. Many of these have supplied me with information sought, but most
of the 
blanks are so misleading that they are of little value. The majority of our
Itidians are 
too ignorant to make this method of research profitable. 
To the best of our knowledge our returned students are occupied as follows:
Pupils in'higher schools4------------------------------------------4 
Pupils in other schools-------------------------------------      26 
Instructors (industrial, 31; camp, 7; academic, 5; district, 1) ------  44
Mission workers (Episcopal, 14; A. M. A., 5) -----------------------19 
Agency employees (interpreters, 8; clerks and stenographers, 10; farm- 
ers, 2; police, 12; hospital, 1; carpenters and blacksmiths, 24; mis- 
cellaneous, 8)               ----------------65 
United States employees (field matrons, 2; Army and Navy, 5)        7 
Independent- (Merchants, 8; clerks, 7; professions, 7; laborers, 16; 
carpenters and blacksmiths, 8; machinists and engineers, 9; serv- 
ants, 7; loggers, 5; miscellaneous, 26)---------------------------93 
Stock raising, over 100 head            ------------               28 
Making a living by farming-------------------------------------172 
Girls married, and in good homes of their own------------------- 132 
Girls working in their parents' homes--------------------------    37 
Nineteen students have been returned since July 1, 1904. Seven were graduates
post-graduates, one was returned on request of parents, three because of
death or severe 
illness in the family, one because of immoral conduct, four because of expiration
of time, 
one because of ill health. One went without permission, and Ellen Wilson,
of Norman, 
Snohomish County, Wash., received special permission to marry and return
with a graduate. 
The ceremony was performed by Doctor Frissell, in Cleveland Hall chapel,
after prayers 
and in the presence of the school. Luke Lowdog left on March 20. He has taken
carpenter's trade here, and has gone to accept a position at the boarding
school at Chey- 
enne River, South Dakota. 
Charles Doxson, a graduate of the class of 1889, came to Hampton in January
to re- 
cover from the effects of an injury, and has stayed on and lived with the
Indian boys in 
their building. Ever since graduation he has been steadily employed at the
trade. He has taken courses with the Scranton Correspondence School, and
studied by 
himself until he has become one of the eight highest paid machinists in the
Arizona Swayney, a graduate in the class of 1899, who for several years has
teaching "Native industries " at Hampton, has gone to Pinehurst,
Summerville, S. C., 
to start classes in the same subjects in the schools for colored and white
which are under the direction of Mr. Charles U. Shepard, who owns the famous
plantation. She expects to be there three months, and to return to Hampton
fall at the opening of school. 
H. B. FRISSELL, Principal. 

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