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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1905, Part I
([1905])

Reports of superintendents of independent schools,   pp. 415-440 PDF (11.7 MB)


Page 428

428     REPORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 
the number of allotments by adding the juniors, and gradually increase the
scope 
of the work by adding experimental and development work to demonstration.
The dairy department has done most excellent work throughout the year. 
Our boyA milk from 70 to 100 cows, care for the milk product in the creamery-
separating, sterilizing, testing, making butter and cheese. Students in this
department are taught not merely how to milk, but everything necessary to
enable them to make dairying profitable. As dairying represents the highest
type of intensive farming, it becomes necessary to instill into the boys
correct 
ideas of the proper selection of the dairy cow in the first place, and then
how 
to feed and care for the animal and her products so as to make her the most
profitable. This we are striving to do, and, I think, with gratifying success.
The school maintains pure-bred registered stock of the four prominent breeds
of hogs, i. e, Poland China, Berkshire, Chester White, and Duroc Jersey;
several of the finest breeds of fowls, such as Barred Plymouth Rock, White
Plymouth Rock, White and Brown Leghorn, Light Brahma, Indian Game, Silver-
laced Wyandotte, Black Spanish, etc.; also turkeys, geese, ducks, guineas,
pheasants, and pigeons. The poultry yards are merry with the sounds emanat-
ing from 3,000 feathered throats, and the children's hearts made glad by
the 
addition to the daily menus of eggs and poultry. Poultry raising is a very
valuable feature of instruction at Chilocco, especially among the girls.
If 
Indians are taught to rely on their cows and poultry for a living, they will
of 
necessity stop their nomadic habits. 
One of our best and most cherished industries is that of printing. This de-
partment, in charge of Mr. E. K. Miller, does all the work in connection
with 
the publication of the Indian School Journal, a monthly publication in magazine
form representing the entire service and giving a large amount of important
and authentic Indian news. Besides the monthly Journal, we issue a small
weekly news letter which goes to the parents having children in the Chilocco
school, and an enormous amount of job work for our own and other schools
and 
agencies. A boy graduating from the Chilocco print shop need never be out
of 
work at good wages. 
While the farm, dairy, garden, and orehard claim first place in Chilocco's
course of study for the boys, the instruction given in the various trades,
i e., 
carpentry in all its branches, blacksmithing and wagon making, shoe and har-
ness making, painting, masonry, and baking is of the very best and most 
thorough. 
Lectures, simple and thorough, form an important feature of school instruc-
tion. During three months of the winter four evenings per week are devoted
to 
lectures or talks carefully prepared and delivered by members of the faculty.
For the girls, Chilocco offers as fine, practical, and thorough training
in the 
arts that count as anyone could wish for his own daughter. Presiding over
the 
cooking or domestic science department is a graduate of Minnesota Agricul-
tural College, thoroughly competent-a strong, forceful, elevating character.
This department gives perfect training in all branches of housekeeping, from
the 
simplest and most menial to plain and scientific cooking and rules of conduet
for the home, on the street, in society. 
In the sewing or domestic art department all branches pertaining to tho 
manufacture of clothing are taught thoroughly by a corps of very competent
teachers. When a girl graduates from Chilocco she is fully equipped to grace
the home and charm society. 
The literary or academic part of the school course has brought forth satisfy-
ing results. The corps of teachers, under the able management of Principal
Birch, has labored conscientiously for the students' advancement. By constant
study, reading of educational journals, attendance on institutes, summer
schools, and weekly meetings, they keep themselves up to date in methods
and 
correct teaching spirit. 
A new plan for teaching language has been put into practice the past year
that will bear more than passing notice. It is, I think, entirely new and
origi- 
nal. The teacher of language and her 'class are constituted the staff-editors
and reporters-on the weekly journal. They gather the news all about the 
school and bring it to the class room, where it is itemized and paragraphed.
Criticisms are made. The paragraphs are boiled down to make them concise
and simple. Words are carefully chosen to express the proper shade of mean-
ing. The dictionary is thus brought into play. The best items are then sent
to 
the print shop, where they are set up in type and then returned to the class
for 
corrections. This practice develops observation, originality, wit, humor,
prac- 
tice in writing, composition, and spelling. 


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