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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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The employees at the head of the various departments, as well as those in
the departments, have worked cheerfully and faithfully throughout the year,
and the general results have been good. 
The following classes completed their work during the year: 
Academic department: Alice Marmon, Lottie George, Daisy Washington, 
Nellie Toombs, Grace Stanley, Ella Wilde, Julia Lamere, Bode Graham, Roy
Domestic science department: Lottie George, Daisy    Washington, Nellie 
Toombs, Ella Wilde. 
Domestic art department: Ella Wilde, Alice Marmon. 
Trades: Leo Nevitt, bakery; Thomas Flood, bakery; John Walker, harness 
making; Felix Valdez, harness making; Dan Bayhylle, tailoring. 
H. B. PEAIRS, Superintendent. 
MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH., October 7, 1905. 
The average attendance for the year was 328, an increase over last year of
and the largest average attendance since the school was established. The
ent enrollment is 337 pupils. The appropriation is for only 300 pupils, and
the capacity of the school is 330 the appropriation should be increased to
accommodate this number. 
The health of the school has been good, with the exception of a number of
tubercular cases, and the pupils afflicted with the same were sent home and
afterwards died. There were two deaths at the school-a small girl died of
spinal meningitis and a boy of tuberculosis. 
I do not feel that as much was accomplished either in the literary work or
the industrial department as should have been done, and until the proposed
industrial building is completed I do not see how these departments can be
The farm is badly run down and will require a great deal of fertilizer before
any success can be had. The dairy herd has a few good cows, but the majority
of them do not pay the expense of keeping them, and they should be slaugh-
tered for beef. 
The industrial work in the girls' department has been carried on in the usual
manner of. Indian schools; however, especial attention has been given to
cooking class, with excellent results. 
When the buildings proposed and appropriated for are erected, which consist
of an industrial building, dairy building, employees' quarters, and superintend-
ent's cottage, the school plant will easily and comfortably accommodate 330
R. A. COCHRAN, Superintendent. 
MORRIS, MINN., September 1, 1905. 
Difficulty again was experienced in maintaining the school on the per-capita
allowance of $167. My remarks of last year still apply. The cost of properly
supporting schools is 25 per cent greater  , it was ten years ago, though
has been no increase in the allowance. The additional cost of fuel and clothing
in northern schools is a matter also worthy of consideration. 
Attendance. The school was filled by September 1 and the average for the
year was as before, 165. No more can be accommodated. There were 10 deser-
tions, about the usual number. All were returned. 
Health and sanitation. Although general sanitary conditions were the best
since the establishment of the school, we experienced an epidemic of typhoid
fever in October and November, 1904, which was most serious. There were in
all 65 cases, in 50 of which the fever took the usual course. There were
deaths. But one employee was affected. When the serious nature of the dis-
ease became apparent four trained nurses were engaged. In addition to these
all available employees were used. In most cases the arduous duties were
formed cheerfully and well. Streaks of " yellow " more or less
pronounced were 
exhibited by two or three employees, two of wvhom are not with us at the

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