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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1884
([1884])

Reports of agents in Dakota,   pp. 20-63 PDF (21.1 MB)


Page 55

REPORTS OF AGENTS I1 DAKOTA.                                     55 
SCHOOLS AND EDUCAT IONAL. 
There are 1,034 children between the ages of six and sixteen years at this
agency, 
and there have been two Government boarding-sclools and one mission day school
.onducted during the past year, as follows: 
Industrial farm school, located on the west bai k of the Missouri River,
16 miles 
south of the agency, which school has a farm of 50 acres under cultivation
connected 
with it, and the building hai a capacity of 60 pupih. Boys of twelve years
of age and 
upwards are admitted to this school, and are instructed in general farm work,
the 
care of stock, and carpentering. The farm       school has been maintained
throughout 
the year with a full attendance of 68 pupils and a i average attendance of
37 for the 
entire 12 months, and the progress of the pupils I Las been very satisfactory.
There 
were 14 boys from this school and 16 from the In 1ian camps transferred to
the St. 
Mary's Training School at Fehanville, Ill., on Se 3tember 26 last, and 14
more boys 
from this school to Fehanville on July 5, and ve -y favorable reports are
being re- 
ceived from them. There have been 7 teachers 3mployed at the farm school,
the 
names and salaries being as follows: 
Annual 
Name.                                  Occupation.         salary. 
Henry Hug   ..................................................  Principal
teacher ..........  $600  00 
E. P. McFadden ............................................  Assistant teacher
...........  500 00 
John Apke ................................................... ndustrial teacher..........
.480  00 
Jonaur Huber ................................................ Mechanical
instructor ......  480 00 
Placida Schaefer ..............................................  Cook ........................
 360  00 
Frances Olenger ..............................................  Laundress
..................  360  00 
A. V. Lariviere ...............................................  Seamstress
.................  360  00 
The industrial boarding school, located at the aga tncy, has a capacity of
100 pupils, 
where girls of all ages and boys up to twelve year i of age are admitted.
This school 
has also been maintained throughout the entire ye ar, and has done an excellent
work, 
with a full attendance of 131 pupils and an ave -age attendance of 93 for
the past 
twelve months. There are 8 teachers employed at )his school, their names
and salaries 
being as follows: 
e                        "         o           Annual 
Name.                                  Occupation.         salary. 
Gertrude McDermott---------------------------------Principal teacher ...........
     $600 00 
Mary Schoule ............................................  Assistant teacher
-----------  500 00 
Rhabama  Staub  .................................................. do  .
.  .............  500  00 
Scholastica Kundig ..........................................  Industrial
teacher ----------  420 00 
M atilde Catany  .................-------................... ..  Matron 
.....................  480  00 
Rose W idour ..................................................  Cook ........................
 360  00 
Anselmina Arc ................................................  Seamstress
.................  360  00 
Adele Engster ................................................ Laundress
----------------360 00 
I1e American Board of Foreign Missions, uude the superintendency of Rev.
T. L. 
Riggs, of the Dakota Mission, have conducted a lay school at Antelopes Settlement,
o-n Grand River, which school is 32 miles southwe it from the agency, where
Mr. Riggs 
erected a new log building last autumn, at a c( st of about $500, and has
a native 
teacher, Mr. Edwin Phelps, stationed there, wh( receives a salary of $25
per month 
from the Board for his services. All instructions in this school are in the
Sioux lan- 
guage, and the teacher, a full-blood Sioux India i, is an excellent man and
is doing 
a good work. There has been a full attendance at this school of 67 pupils,
with an 
average attendance of 25 during the eight mo iths in which it was in operation;
making a total of 266 children that have attende I school on the reservation
attached 
to this agency during the year, with an average tttendance of 155 for the
time which 
the schools were maintained. 
I have recently built a new day school at th. Cannon-ball Settlement, 25
miles 
naorth of agency, which building has a capacity )f 60 pupils, with teachers'
rooms, 
kitchen, and dining room, and which will be opet ted with two teachers on
September 
1. It is my intention to give the children atten ding this school the mid-day
meal, 
the girls to prepare the meal under the direction of the female teacher,
and the boys 
to prepare the fuel, and in the summer cultivate a garden, under the direction
of the 
mnale teacher, and hope to have at least 300 child -en in schools the coming
year. 
My experience is that it is difficult to get India n children to attend school,
and that 


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