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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1904, Part I

Report concerning Indians in Iowa,   pp. 209-211 PDF (1.4 MB)

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REPORT CONCERNING INDIANS IN          IOWA.            211 
wired the deputy United States marshal at Cedar Rapids, who reported at the
vation at daylight next morning and secured the man charged with the crime
the girl. When confronted with the girl, she said he was the man who threw
into the river. She corroborated this statement before United States Commissioner
Stewart and again before the Federal grand jury, but refused to make the
same state- 
ment in open court when the man was put on trial, and as she was the only
to the crime the criminal goes unpunished. 
A careful census of the Indians enrolled at the Sauk and Fox Reservation,
was taken June 30, 1904, as follows: 
Total number of Indians enrolled June 30, 1904-----------------343 
Males.    .    .     .     .     .     ..--------------------------------------------179
Females.     .       .      .      ..------------------------------------------164
Males over 18 years of age----- .---------------------------93 
Females over 18 years of age------------------------------86 
Males 6 to18.     .       .        ..-------------------------------------------63
Females 6 to 18.       ...-----------------------------------------56 
Males under 6.      .       .        ..------------------------------------------
Females under 6.        .        ..----------------------------------------22
Besides the number of Indians enrolled at.this agency, there are a few Winnebago
Indians who make this reservation their permanent home (having intermarried
these people), wbich would swell the number of residents to 350. 
While the above figures show 119 children of school age, it would require
a reduc- 
tion of that number by at least 25 per cent to arrive at the correct number
available school children, because of early marriages and those who are incompetent.
As compared with the census of one year ago,-an increase in numbers will
observed, showing 5 more births than deaths. This increase of 5 during the
can easilv be accounted for by the better houses in which they live and better
sanitary conditions by which they are surrounding themselves. 
The agency school, situated 1 mile west of Toledo, has been fairly successful
during the past year, having maintained an average attendance of about 75,
is near the capacity of the buildings. The prospect for maintaining or even
increasing this average is very good for the present school year, and had
we the 
capacity to accommodate double the number enrolled last year I am confident
we could procure the pupils with little effort. 
We are much in need of an employees' building sufficiently large for a mess
and kitchen and rooms for at least 6 employees. I have already recommended
building for the year 1905, and if it can be completed it will greatly increase
comfort and, I believe, the efficiency of the school. 
We are fortunate in that no death has occurred among the pupils enrolled
at this 
school since its installment as a school, but we have just passed through
a period of 
suspense because of a serious case of typhoid fever, happily now convalescent.
how far the insanitary conditions of the water-closets and lavatories in
the second 
story are responsible for this case of sickness I an not say, but I regard
them as a 
menace to the health of the school, and again very respectfully recommend
removal from the school building. I have on at least two former occasions
urged the 
removal of these plague spots and have been supported in my recommendations
the school physician and two superintendents and by Inspector James T. Jenkins
and Supervisor of Indian Schools Mr. House. 
Some minor repairs are needed in the school building, which will be placed
the Indifan Office in due time with a request for authority to make said
I still remain of the opinion expressed in my annual report last year-that
an addi- 
tional 80 acres should be added to the school farm, and the capacity of the
should be increased so as to accommodate at least 200 pupils. 
Before closing this report I wish to express my high appreciation of the
courtesies received from the Indian Office while acting as Indian agent for
the Sauk 
and Fox Indians of Iowa, and also to the superintendent of the school and
employees for their uniform and prompt response to the calls to duty while
in their several capacities under my general supervision. 
Very respectfully, 
Superintendent and Special Disbursing Agent. 

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