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

Report of Chilocco school,   pp. 209-211 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 210

210                 REPORT OF CHILOCCO SCHOOL. 
Our school opened up, at the time referred to above, under very unfavorable
cir 
cumstances, the wveather being very cold and inclement, and the children
having to 
be transported so far across the plains in wagons, and at considerable expense
to the 
Government; but under the careful management of Mr. Frank Maltby, who was
at 
the time employed as clerk and industrial teacher for the school, there was
brought 
from the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Agency, and from the Cheyenne and Arapaho
Agency. 123 children, without any great suffering or any sickness being contracted,
although they passed through a "norther" of two days' duration,
causing a delay of 
that length of time. From other agencies we received other pupils until our
num- 
bers reached that referred to above. 
We have been visited quite often by parents of the children and by chiefs
of the 
different tribes, who invariably express themselves as well pleased with
the school 
and its prospects, and pledge themselves to work for the school and its interests;
es- 
pecially those of the Southwest said to me, "When you want more children
let us 
know, and you shall have all you want." The future may decide as to
the sincerity 
of their expressions. 
Some of our larger pupils have been somewhat discouraged on account of not
hav- 
ing the necessary accommodations for learning trades, as they had expected
when 
they came, causing discontent with some, and a few returned without permission
to 
the agencies; but since your order to agents to return such as left the school
without 
permission we have had -o further trouble in that direction, and if proper
arrange- 
ments are made in the way of shops, &c., I think no difficulty will be
had in keeping 
the children well contented. 
For the most part, the pupils have engaged in the work of opening up the
farms, 
fencing, digging sewers, &c., very willingly, and, considering their
experience, have 
done well; and with a prospect of a little pay next year they will enter
upon their 
work with more zeal than ever before. We had not the children long enough
for any 
of them to learn any one thing sufficiently well to do it without some help.
Some of 
the girls could, with a little help, cut and make plain garments, and could
render some 
assistance in laundry and kitchen. I find, however, that in their first lessons
they 
are much more liable to break tools they work with or dishes they use than
after they 
have had some training. Our garden has been of considerable benefit to the
school, 
notwithstanding it has been partially destroyed by stock which are running
at large 
in this part of the Territory. Our pumpkins and squashes planted on the newly
broken ground promise well; also the millet is looking well; seed-corn will
not pro- 
duce very nmuch; melons and cucumbers look nicely-latter ready for use. The
trouble we have had with trespassing stock will be avoided soon by our fence
being 
put up. 
The children have made commendable progress in all branches of study they
have 
undertaken. We find a less number of dull children among these children than
among an equal number of whites. 
Our Sunday exercises consist of Sunday-school at 10.30 o'clock a. m. and
preaching 
each alternate Sunday by some of the ministers from the city; we also have
each 
evening through the week, in addition to the regular study hour, a time for
devotional 
exercises, singing, &c. 
The stock interests have only begun, having just received cattle under modified
contract of H. C. Slavens, and 18 high grade polled Angus and Galloway bulls
bought 
in open market from Mr. Blacksheve, of Kansas. One of the latter has since
died; 
the others are all doing nicely, and are being cared for by the boys, with
the assist- 
ance of Mr. R. A. Munson, an irregular employd. 
As an experiment we have given permission for some of the children to visit
their 
parents during vacation, with the promise to return at the beginning of the
school 
year without expense to the Government. 
The sanitary condition of the school has been very good, considering the
fact that 
the greater part of our children were sent to us without the proper medical
examina- 
tions. We have lost but two by death the past year, one Cheyenne girl and
one Caddo 
boy. In receiving children in future we hope to be able to exercise more
care and 
have them properly examined before admitting them. 
Our limited number of apprentices are doing well; four in the bakery, and
five at the 
carpenter's trade, and three are learning painting. With the same progress
through 
another year that has been made in the past, we will be able to do our own
baking 
without the aid of a white baker. Our carpenters show an aptness for their
work and 
are learning rapidly. The painters have been at work on some of the out-buildings,
doing well for beginners. I think that the prevailing and oft-repeated idea
"that on 
account of the close proximity to the agencies it will be impossible to make
Chilocco 
a success" is already proven to be an erroneous idea. There is no reason
why she may 
not, under careful management, take her place in the front as an educational
institu- 
tion for Indian children. 


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